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 […]
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 […]
NBC News had a special report on medical record theft. Medical record fraud is up over 11,000% last year and 1 in 3 Americans have been a victim. When your clients see this, be prepared to answer the question: What are you doing to protect my medical records? Watch the report below:
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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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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance regarding an Individual’s Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information. The link should be bookmarked by all organizations as a reference for future guidance, questions and answers: http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/guidance/access/index.html Here is the introduction text from the guidance: Providing individuals with easy access to their […]
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CMS announced in a blog post that HHS has modified HIPAA to strengthen the firearm background check system. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved forward on commitments made by President Obama to curb gun violence across the nation. Specifically, we have modified the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy […]
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At the end of the year all kinds of publications and organizations publish yearly summaries to review the events of the past 12 months. Much of the time this can be positive publicity for a celebrity, firm, organization or industry. In this case, for healthcare, it is decidedly negative. Why has IBM made this proclamation? […]
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Computerworld has an excellent article called Healthcare security and HIPAA: Why compliance and security are still lacking. The author does a very good job of trying to figure out why there are so many healthcare related data breaches. Here are some highlights: The author takes a look at a previous article and cites some reasons: […]
Royal Jay has developed an interesting infographic on healthcare breaches Highlights: 19 out of 20 organizations had at least one breach in the last 2 years The cost of a healthcare related breach is $398 per record In 2014, around 1.6 million patients had their medical information stolen from healthcare providers Medical identity theft victims […]
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Dropbox announced at the Dropbox Open event that their business product is now HIPAA compliant. Dropbox Business is a business version of the consumer file sync product. Dropbox announced that they will sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) for the Dropbox Business product. Dropbox now supports HIPAA-regulated businesses Big news for companies that handle […]