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Safely Working Remotely

Effective Immediately As the Novel Coronavirus pandemic continues to greatly impact our nation, working from home is no longer an occasional benefit for many Americans, but is now a requirement for many businesses to continue operating safely and effectively. While working from home does come with its perks, there are many new cybersecurity risks created …

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Interoperability & Information Sharing

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put the final approval on two rules that will be transformative in the way that patients can access their health data.  This unprecedented approval will provide safe and secure access to that data via interoperability and information sharing. These rules identify the most extensive healthcare data …

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HIPAA Right of Access Myths

A patient’s right to access their healthcare data so that they can make informed decisions regarding their own health and wellbeing is the component of HIPAA known as the HIPAA Right of Access. Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) published a new HIPAA playbook for physicians and their practices to better understand this component.  With …

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One Virus, Two Ways

How Scammers Are Using the Coronavirus to Trick Their Victims As if the fear of the Coronavirus outbreak weren’t enough to have the world on edge, there’s a new way that the virus is impacting humans: through email cyber-attacks. The method of contamination takes a trusted name, the World Health Organization, and uses it to …

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Sharing Safely During an Emergency

When an emergency situation occurs, like that of the recent Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that is said to have originated in mainland China, the healthcare industry is affected worldwide.  From the individual patients all the way up to the largest facilities for patient care, it’s imperative to share knowledge and information, but it MUST be …

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Healthcare Data Breaches Affected 40 Million Americans in 2019

40 Million The US state with the highest population is California.  At the end of 2019, it was 39.56 million.  That’s A LOT of people, right? Yes.  However, according to the recent study published by Fortified Health Security, 40 MILLION Americans were affected by a healthcare data breach in 2019 alone.  That represents an increase …

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Windows 7 End of Life Creates New Opportunities for Scammers

End of Windows 7 They say when one door closes another one opens, but in this case, it’s a window.  On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft ended its support for Windows 7.  Since Microsoft is no longer offering patches or security updates for vulnerabilities identified in Windows 7, hackers have a new way of gaining access …

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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 requires reporting?  Start by knowing that every breach must …

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