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It’s Not for Everyone

Telehealth Is Not Everyone’s First Choice With regard to telehealth statistics, we saw a great rise in the number of participants during the past year with COVID-19.  It was a perfect solution for many people, especially if leaving their homes meant putting them in danger due to their high-risk factors linked to the virus. Equally …

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Oversharing

Last week we covered the different ways that social media is playing a role in deploying healthcare messages.  From patient experience to alerting the public about the pandemic, individuals and corporations are taking to the ‘digital airwaves’ of TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms to spread awareness and messaging. This sounds like a great idea.  …

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Socially Distant Messaging

The social media platform TikTok has become a mainstream method of learning dance moves. And some recipes.  And maybe a silly dog video here and there.  But what we didn’t expect it to become was a healthcare platform.  No, surgeries aren’t being performed via the application – although we won’t be surprised if and when …

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Fake Supplements

Fake Supplements Buying a knockoff purse or jersey is one thing, and we can take you down a rabbit hole of “why you shouldn’t do that” that would occupy you for hours.  But when it comes to items you ingest and don’t simply wear, you need to pay attention. Supplementing your healthcare regime with vitamins, …

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More Time for Comments

  Last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that there would be a 45-day extension of the comment period for the public with regard to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule that was originally posted in December …

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A Different Kind of Health Hero

A Year of Heroic Feats The healthcare industry has been called to task this year in ways that make them heroic in the eyes of the world.  As a global community, words can’t accurately convey the gratitude they deserve from all of us.  Today we’re going to talk about another way, one that is less …

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Dark Web Dangers

With healthcare being a top target in the world of cybercrime, it never hurts to do a review every so often of the landscape and of the players in the game. We’ll also take a look at how you might be compromised without even knowing it or suspecting it could happen. A Lay of the …

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Humans of Healthcare

With healthcare being a huge target of cybercrime, the immediate concern is likely with regard to how it will coincide with any HIPAA regulation – or revealing any failure to comply.  First thoughts usually go to the business side of a situation. How much will this cost?  Will we be fined?  Will we have to …

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HIPAA Stats & Facts

We couldn’t call them fun facts, because there’s really not a lot that one could label “fun” when it comes to HIPAA, but we thought we’d take a look at some of the statistics and facts in a summary fashion.  HIPAA, often misspelled HIPPA, stands for the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act. This federal …

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Heart Healthy

With romance in the air for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, we thought we’d shine a light on the ways that HIPAA can be affected by love in the workplace and what rules are in place to address it.  Are there ethical repercussions to dating your doctor?  Can my significant other access my medical records?  …

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