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Oops, Was That A HIPAA Violation?!

Working in healthcare means that you are certainly aware of HIPAA’s existence, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are the resident expert on what constitutes compliance.  You know what you can or can’t do – generally speaking.  Most likely, you follow the rules as they are explained to you, and don’t deviate much from that. […]

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Administrative Safeguards of the Security Rule: What Are They?

The HIPAA Security Rule requires healthcare providers and their business associates to implement physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect the electronic Protected Health Information (PHI) that they utilize. It establishes national standards to protect that information. These standards apply not just to covered entities, but any organization that handles PHI – including subcontractors and business associates.   Administrative safeguards (also called […]

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Is Your Head or Your Business in the Cloud?

Cloud Hosting & HIPAA Compliance When you think of trends in healthcare, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s a particular EMR system, new machines in the office, ways in which you communicate with patients… the list goes on. One thing is for sure when we think about all the ways that healthcare has changed over […]

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What’s So Important About Security Risk Assessments for HIPAA Compliance?

Before you buy a home, an inspection is completed as a way of exposing any potential issues to you as a buyer.  This can give you leverage when it comes to purchasing price negotiation since these liabilities can often present risks to you as a resident.  Those risks can come in the form of cost […]

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Human (t)Error

October. That time of year when we have pumpkin spice everything and when tricks, treats, and terrors are given front-page billing.  And for some people, it is the ideal time to binge-watch scary movies on repeat.  We stare at the screen with one eye open, begging the main characters not to go into the woods, […]

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Health Apps & HIPAA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a new policy statement that requires health apps and connected device companies that collect health information to comply with the Health Breach Notification Rule.   Yes, that means those very apps that so many of us use to collect our heart rate, weight, sleep, fertility, height, or any other sensitive […]

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PHI or PII – What’s the Difference?

The terms protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) are often used interchangeably.  But while they may sound like the same thing, there are differences that set them apart, and that is especially true when it comes to HIPAA. What’s the difference? PII is any information that can be traced to a person’s […]

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Cybersecurity Resources for Healthcare

Recently The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) shared a comprehensive list of resources for any HIPAA-regulated entity to assist them in the prevention, detection, and mitigation of data breaches of protected health information that occurs because of hacking or ransomware. As a covered entity or business associate under HIPAA compliance, an attack on your […]

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