2019 HIPAA Breach Reporting Deadline Approaching

2019 HIPAA Breach Reporting Deadline If in 2019 you had a HIPAA breach that affected fewer than 500 individuals, you must report that to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by Saturday, February 29, 2020. Not sure if you’ve had an incident that...

Cybercriminals Now Demanding Ransoms from Patients

Imagine this: One day, out of the blue, you receive an unusual communication from an unknown individual warning YOU that they have photos and personal information about you that they are prepared to release if you don’t pay them a ransom. At first, you might chuckle...

Protecting Patients – More Than Meets the Eye

Don’t Overlook It When you consider a healthcare organization’s role in protecting patients, it’s easy to look at things from a high-level and miss out on some of the most critical protections an individual needs, expects and is owed. For example, when I think about...

Lost Laptop Leads to New Kind of Accident

Fender Bender In Carroll County, Georgia, there was a vehicle accident of an unusual kind recently.  It resulted in the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) slapping a $65,000 fine on West Georgia Ambulance when they were found to...

Healthcare’s Annual Physical

Annual Physical We’ve conducted our end of year physical on the healthcare industry, and while the humans that are cared for have a variety of health issues, there is one that is plaguing the healthcare industry as a whole: cybersecurity. This was not a good year for...

OCR Issues Guidance on Targeted Ransomware

We Are All Affected by Bad Cyber Health Pay attention, the health of your business depends on it. Wherever you fall in the food chain of the healthcare industry, cybersecurity needs to be at the forefront of your mind.  That might mean you are a small doctor’s office...