NIST and HIPAA
Health Care Cybersecurity Update on Guidance The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has provided updated guidance for the health care industry. Designed to help with electronically protected health information (ePHI), they have created a new draft titled Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule: A Cybersecurity Resource Guide (NIST Special […]
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ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, known as ADA. This Act is in place to prohibit discrimination against any qualified individual. As outlined on the ADA National Network site, it ‘is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of […]
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What Is GDPR?
Are you familiar with the European Union (EU) regulation of GDPR? There may be some confusion over this policy and those who believe it to be the counterpart to the United States’ HIPAA regulation. While there may be some overlap, they are not the same. As a US-based business that is a covered entity or […]
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HIPAA Right to Access Enforcement
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) isn’t offering leniency just because you’re a small business. Action will be taken, despite the impact that a HIPAA fine can have on this sector of healthcare. And as eleven recent investigations prove the point, many of those were small practices. This brings the total to 38 enforcement actions […]
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Certificate of Need
What is a Certificate of Need? A certificate of need, or CON, is a legal document that is required for the construction of a new healthcare facility. It regulates the healthcare system by requiring approval from regional governments. However, there are variations within the 35 states and Washington D.C. that need them. What Do They […]
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API Adoption and Healthcare
API Adoption and Healthcare Healthcare faces threats from cybercriminal activity at rates that continue to rise. The patient data that they access and maintain is valuable on the dark web in more ways than one. It can be an access point for a greater breach, it can be manipulated to steal identities and attack victims […]
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Healthcare Breaches on the Rise
Healthcare Breaches on the Rise Don’t shy away from this headline, healthcare businesses cannot put their head in the sand or look the other way when it comes to establishing a strong cybersecurity program. For many, the focus has been on HIPAA compliance. This consumes resources both in the workforce and funding. It has also […]
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HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth
HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put clarity recently on how the HIPAA Security Rule applies to telephone technologies. In the case of telephone lines that are traditional landlines, the rule does not apply. But it does apply to mobile technologies that utilize electronic media such as WIFI. What […]
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Exceptions to a HIPAA Breach
Exceptions in a HIPAA Breach In 2007 the Guide to Medical Privacy Law was published. It indicated that on multiple occasions hospitals, EMT services, schools, and other public agencies were incorrectly withholding news out of a fear of violating HIPAA policy. Often, there isn’t a clear understanding as to what constitutes exceptions to HIPAA and […]
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What is the Digital Front Door?
The traditional way to see your healthcare practitioner was to call the office, schedule an appointment and when the time came, go to the office for your visit. You’d get there and then open the front door to attend your appointment. Like nearly everything, time, and our increased electronic footprint have brought change to that […]
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