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HIPAA Secure Now Joins Far-Reaching Initiative to Promote the Awareness of Online Safety and Privacy for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 1, 2019 — HIPAA Secure Now! today announced its commitment to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), held annually in October, by signing up as a Champion and joining a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit …

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Right to Access was Implemented to Protect Patients but is Hurting Patients & Providers Alike (Part 2)

We previously published Part 1 of this article on abuses of Patient Right to Access for medical records and how these abuses can overburden healthcare providers and put patient health information at risk. This Part 2 focuses on what healthcare organization can do about the growing problem. The following blog was written for the HIPAA …

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Right to Access was Implemented to Protect Patients but is Hurting Patients & Providers Alike (Part 1)

The following blog was written for the HIPAA Secure Now community by DataFile Technologies, a leading provider of health data management including fast records release services with a 24-hour turn-around time, and an industry-leading accuracy rate over 99.9%. You may have seen an uptick in medical records requests labeled with “HITECH Request” or experienced requestors …

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Compliance & Cybersecurity Go Hand-In-Hand

Humans or HIPAA? When it comes to healthcare organizations addressing the HIPAA compliance of their business, many feel prepared and comfortable, readily checking that “compliant” box. But addressing the human part of security falls by the wayside too often.  Compliance and cybersecurity, which includes human security, both need to be a part of your overall …

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Does Your Breach Response Plan Include Notification?

Remain Calm, Remain Honest – and Remain in Business Avoiding the inevitable does not make it go away. Healthcare patients choose a provider based on the quality of care.  In addition to that, the public will generally assume that their private information is safeguarded and not something that they need to verify or investigate before …

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Ransomware Hits Hundreds of Dental Offices

A Toothache Beyond Repair Hackers have used the very software that hundreds of dentists relied on to run their business, to bring it to their knees.  A ransomware attack is responsible for shutting down computers at roughly 400 dental offices all over the U.S. The Digital Dental Record and Wisconsin-based cloud services provider, PerCSoft collaborated …

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Repeat Offender

It’s a Fact When you search for cyberattacks by vertical, always in the top categories is healthcare.  It can be filtered from there by the size of the business, whether it is enterprise or small to medium-sized establishments, but the information targeted is patient data. Why? Because who knows more personal information about you than …

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Why We Need to Go Beyond HIPAA

HIPAA – Then & Now The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, has been around since 1996, with the intent to protect patients by properly handling their protected health information (PHI). With good intentions, HIPAA set forth to provide both security provisions and data privacy. The legislation was passed in the …

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Allscripts to Pay $145 Million for Practice Fusion EHR Investigation

As many of you know, an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital record of a patient’s paper charts, updated in real-time.  This is an incredible option to have in the world of medicine, where information can be exchanged between doctors as well as business associates. It also provides an incredible benefit to the patient, …

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