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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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Long Term Effects

Accessibility is Here to Stay Health Information Technology (Health IT) is an always evolving realm, with new tools coming to market as fast as we can master the old ones. With the advancement of technology comes a need for new software and security to maintain these systems. This past year has been one example of […]

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Remember When

There was a time when you would walk into any doctor’s office and the sliding walls or file cabinets of patient folders seemed endless.  Guarded like vaults, all the information safely under lock and key.  And in addition to patient data, there is employee data, which likely contained personal and banking records.  The “really” important […]

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What Is a HIPAA Entity?

It’s easy to find a news story with someone misappropriating what HIPAA is, what it means, and what it does.  Most people incorrectly assume how it protects their health records and information from ‘the world at large’.  It does protect private health information, and it was created to allow for easy access to one’s health […]

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Cyberattack Cost to Healthcare

Bigger business, bigger problems, right?  Not necessarily true when it comes to the cost of a cyberattack within the healthcare industry. A recently published survey brings unexpected results when it comes to comparing large and medium-sized businesses.  Surprisingly, medium-sized businesses are hit with cyberattack costs that are nearly 4x that of their larger counterparts at […]

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