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Electronic Health Records & The Security Rule

Patient care in a digital age means that most information is stored electronically.  These records, known as electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), are collected as electronic health records (EHR) and then stored in a variety of systems.  With the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in mind, how do you maintain security around the […]

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Healthcare & Ransomware

As healthcare continues to be a prime target for cybercriminals, understanding what is happening as an employee is equally, if not more, important than just being aware of the risk.  Having insight into how the attack can play out will help you understand the threat and the outcome if a hack occurs. Ransomware is one […]

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Why Do Hackers Love Healthcare?

Cybercrime.  It has become a regular part of the conversation around healthcare.   We are regularly presented with the stats, and we know that the risk is greater for our businesses when it comes to cybercriminal activity.  WHY is that the case?  While some factors may seem obvious, let’s look at some of the other issues […]

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No Vacation for HIPAA

This summer many of us are taking long overdue vacations that were put on hold or delayed because of the pandemic.  As healthcare workers, you are certainly due time off – especially after the brunt of COVID-19 was dealt with by your industry. While you’re checking out and hoping that you won’t have to check […]

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HIPAA & 18-Year-Old Patients

  As a parent, you might recall the first time that the doctor asked you to leave the room because your “baby is now a teenager” (ugh, cry, sigh…. joy?) and they have a few questions for them that they would like to conduct one-on-one and in private.  Suddenly your brain races, ‘what do they […]

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HIPAA Turns 25

As the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), approaches the 25th anniversary of its enactment, we thought we’d look into the history of this game-changer in the healthcare industry. Signed into law by President Clinton on August 21, 1996, this federal statute was enacted to modernize the flow of healthcare information as […]

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Common HIPAA Mistakes

As a person who works within the healthcare industry, understanding HIPAA is a necessity, even if it is knowing just the basic rules.  These rules and regulations are complex and ever-changing so that they can keep up with the fluid landscape of healthcare, so unless you are an expert, it is unlikely that you know […]

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Wait, a Breach is HOW Much?

The Background Wolfe Eye Clinic is a healthcare provider located in Iowa. In business since 1919, they specialize in medical eye care and have 11 main eye care clinics across the state, and various other locations that offer treatments. According to their website, they treat approximately 700,000 patients. This seems to be a solid and …

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