July 24, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson
"An important component of preparing for a potential HIPAA compliance audit is to complete a walk-through to make sure privacy and security policies and procedures are practical and effective..."
July 21, 2011 Added by:Christopher Burgess
When the first five months provides a rate of one million records a month in lost patient data, by year’s end five percent of the US population will have had their medical records compromised. We have no choice but to take action now and keep the second half of 2011 from replicating the first...
July 12, 2011 Added by:Danny Lieberman
Vendors that use Windows for less critical devices are actually increasing the threat surface for a hospital since any Windows host can be a carrier of malware, regardless of it’s primary mission function, be it user-friend UI at a nursing station or intensive care monitor at the bedside...
July 10, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold
“Covered entities need to realize that HIPAA privacy protections are real and OCR vigorously enforces those protections. Entities will be held accountable for employees who access protected health information to satisfy their own personal curiosity..."
July 06, 2011 Added by:Konrad Fellmann
Basically, if electronic PHI data is encrypted, purged, or physically destroyed before it is inadvertently disclosed, then it doesn’t count as a breach. If the information is protected in a way that it can’t be obtained by an unauthorized individual then you’re safe...
June 24, 2011 Added by:Danny Lieberman
The combination of large numbers of software vulnerabilities, user lock in created by integrating applications with Windows, complexity of Microsoft products and their code and Microsoft predatory trade practices are diametrically different than Linux and the FOSS movement...
June 16, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson
We have scheduled two new free webinars on HIPAA HITECH for Smarties. These webinars feature a presentation by Rebecca Herold,CIPP, CISSP, CISA, CISM, FLMI, recently voted the 3rd best privacy advisor in the world, in competition with large law firms and consulting practices...
June 15, 2011 Added by:Danny Lieberman
A discussion of HIPAA compliance needs to include a comprehensive threat analysis of the entire supply chain of data processing and not just limit itself to the cloud services that store electronic medical records...
June 03, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold
When trying to understand HIPAA regulations, and how to put them into practice within an organization, I’ve found it is best to break them down into bite-sized chunks, starting from the basics and building from there. Today I want to spend a little time looking at what makes up a DRS...
June 01, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold
Covered entities and business associates would need to account for disclosures of PHI in electronic health records that are part of a designated record set for treatment, payment and health care operations in addition to the existing requirements for accounting for access to PHI...
May 17, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson
A HIPAA HITECH breach caused by an office burglary resulted in a letter from OCR demanding a large amount of information in a very short time frame. Below are actual quotes from the OCR letter that are as scary as an IRS audit letter...
May 09, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson
As part of the webinar series "HIPAA HITECH Compliance for Smarties" we will be presenting a step by step process employing cloud computing to help covered entities set up a program to manage the HIPAA HITECH compliance of their business associates cost effectively and efficiently...
May 03, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson
Whether you are a large enterprise looking to manage hundreds of internal business units, a business associate looking to provide proof of compliance, or a very small sub-contractor, a comprehensive privacy and information security program is needed to meet HIPAA HITECH compliance...
April 20, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold
What is important to point out about this case is that the doctor described the patient’s injuries in such a way that an unauthorized third party would be able to identify the person described, even though the doctor did not include any of the 18 specifically-named PHI items...
April 12, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson
We held the first HIPAA-HITECH Compliance webinar on April 6 with gratifying results. A smart, interested group registered, attended, and asked great questions. This has encouraged us to continue the series. Space is limited for these FREE webinars, so reserve your seat now...
April 07, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold
Health Net is clearly stating that IBM is responsible for the breach. Guess what? When you outsource business activities to a third party, you do not outsource your responsibility. What was Health Net doing to ensure, on an ongoing basis, that IBM had appropriate safeguards in place?
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