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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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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 protecting patients, my mind goes directly to the reason behind …

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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 have multiple violations of HIPAA rules. It started in February of …

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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 hospitals and healthcare businesses when it came to …

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Alexa, Increase Time with My Patients

Amazon isn’t a company that lets an opportunity go by.  With the awareness of cybersecurity rising every single day, opportunity presents itself in a variety of ways.  Not only do they have a captive consumer audience, but familiarity and reputation allow them to venture into the enterprise field with credibility as well.    With that being said, recently they announced the …

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