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Amazon In Healthcare

Amazon has launched its latest venture in healthcare with Amazon Clinic. This virtual care platform will provide services and support for nonurgent health and lifestyle needs.  This was created with the goal of providing users with easy access to care that allows them to “skip the waiting room.” Treatments This virtual healthcare service will provide […]

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Administrative Simplification Provisions of HIPAA

The HIPAA Administrative Simplification provisions are in place to provide consistency in electronic communications within healthcare for Protected Health Information (PHI).  These mandate the usage of standard transactions, code sets, and identifiers for the United States healthcare system. Who Must Comply? The most common organizations which must comply are healthcare clearinghouses, healthcare providers, and health […]

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Asset Management Program

Having an asset management plan is essential to your healthcare business.  Similar to how you’d want a list of your household items for insurance coverage in the event of theft or loss, you need to know the details and access them quickly. Especially if an item goes missing or breaks.  It is likely that your […]

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Security Incident Guideline Reminder

The HIPAA Security Rule includes requirements for a security incident response plan that are important to know especially as the number of reported data breaches continues to rise. The Data Check Point Research provided a mid-year report on cyber attack trends that indicated a 69% increase in targeted healthcare data breaches between 2021 and 2022.  […]

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Cybersecurity: Physical Devices

As we wrap up National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re going to take a look at the importance of protecting your physical devices.  The panic that sets in when you misplace your phone or laptop is overwhelming.  But that feeling is amplified if that device contains patient information or access to it. When we mention your […]

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Cybersecurity: Social Media

As we continue into National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, this week we focus on social media.  Why does what you do in your personal life matter in your professional world?  Aside from the possible personal implications, the risk to your cybersecurity also exists. How Hackers Work A cybercriminal knows how to gain access to your trust.  […]

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Security Risk Assessment

The HIPAA Security Rule mandates that covered entities must conduct a security risk assessment or SRA.  This includes health care plans for individuals, government plans (Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare), and employer-sponsored plans.  Providers that conduct electronic health care transactions must comply with the Security Rule.  This means conducting an SRA.  It is recommended that this occurs […]

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HIPAA Fines for Three Dental Offices

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced resolutions regarding three HIPAA violation investigations.  These settlements result from a years-long emphasis on enforcing this regulation by the OCR.  There were three dental practices that were given fines with regard to the potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s patient right of access. Recently appointed […]

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Common Healthcare Breaches

What Are the Most Common Healthcare Breaches? When it comes to protecting your business, the approach needs to extend beyond the locks on the doors.  Cyber threats are the highest risk to your patient and data security.  So what are the most common healthcare breaches that you should be on the lookout for regularly? Ransomware […]

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