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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Is There a HIPAA Violation in Your Trash?

Is Your Trash a HIPAA Violation? In the case of the New England Dermatology and Laser Center (NEDLC), their trash was a violation.  And a costly one with a $300.640 fee attached.  A security guard found a container with identifying information on the attached label.  As a result, an investigation by the Department of Health […]

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HIPAA & Cybersecurity Insurance

Healthcare businesses need to be aware of the requirements that come with a cybersecurity insurance policy. In a world of online profiles, splashy websites, and great social media campaigns, businesses can misrepresent themselves in more ways than one.  A great photo of your team or a full biography may help create patient trust, but it […]

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HIPAA Compliant Chat

HIPAA Compliant Chat Being available to your patients 24/7 isn’t always practical for most healthcare practices.  Chat services can provide them with a response option that might provide a temporary solution.  Additionally, chats can offer initial patient care or registration services.  As a HIPAA-covered entity or business associate, you must consider compliance when offering this […]

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NHS Cyber Attack

An Indirect Hit The NHS, or National Health Service, is the publicly funded healthcare system for the United Kingdom. They are supported by Advanced who is a managed service provider (MSP). Healthcare companies often outsource their IT departments to other companies to manage the cybersecurity and technical aspects of the business. This allows them to […]

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Portability in HIPAA

Portability in HIPAA There are many aspects of HIPAA.  And sometimes there isn’t a clear understanding of what it covers.  We also find that it is the “P” that often trips people up.  Because of the strong emphasis on confidentiality, security, and safe handling of information, there is an assumption that the word Privacy is […]

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