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Six Ways to Improve Data Security at Your Practice

A married couple — both doctors who shared a medical practice — almost divorced over a HIPAA breach that blindsided them when a patient called to say that her medical records appeared in a Google search and she was filing a lawsuit. The orthopedist of a small practice didn’t want to fund the cost of …

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Another healthcare ransomware attack

First it was Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center that made headlines when ransomware disabled the hospital’s computer network. Now another California healthcare organization has become a victim. Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is the latest large healthcare organization to experience the pain of ransomware.  According to the Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles County Department …

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Free Wi-Fi is hard to resist for most people

In this “always connected” society being without Wi-Fi and Internet access makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Many people have heard about the dangers of free Wi-Fi but still that doesn’t stop a majority of people from connecting when it is available. According to an article over at ZDNet, the security company Avast setup open […]

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Texas Print Shop Hit by Ransomware

Ransomware that crippled Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital made national headlines but ransomware continues to be a major menace for small to midsize businesses. A print shop in Lubbock, Texas was shut down last week due to ransomware. An employee opened an infected file and ransomware took control of the network. Click below to watch the video […]

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Paper-based PHI and Business Associate Cause HIPAA Breach

  A story over at Gov Info Security details a recent HIPAA breach involving paper-based records that were dumped on a city street on the way to be disposed. “During transport, a small quantity of records were released on Fowler Street in Fort Myers, Florida,” the statement says. “This incident resulted from the condition of […]

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The Aftermath of a HIPAA Data Breach

Quite often we hear about data breaches, but we don’t always hear about the consequences.  On February 17,  Memphis, TN media sources ran articles about a man who was indicted on felony fraud charges.  According to a Commercial Appeal newspaper article: “Jeremy Jones is charged in a scheme to steal the identities of more than […]

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Hollywood hospital becomes ransomware victim

A hospital in Hollywood, CA has been a victim of a ransomware attack that has left computers unusable for over a week. According to a ZDNet article: the Southern California hospital has been left unable to practice its usual day-to-day operations. The hospital’s president and CEO Allen Stefanek said “significant IT issues” were discovered last […]

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CMS Administrator Announces the End of Meaningful Use – NOT

Last week, Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), spoke at a health care conference.  The text of his speech can be found here.   His remarks touched on many subjects including Meaningful Use.  The MU program is controversial because many providers feel,  and with good reason, that portions of MU are […]

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