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HHS Warns of Increased Cyber Extortion

In its January 2018 Cyber-security Newsletter the Department of Health and Human Services warns that cyber extortion is a major source of disruption for many organizations. Over the past years reports of ransomware attacks have frequently been seen in media. Many of these incidents involve companies working in healthcare. This problem is severe enough that … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 HIPAA Blogs

Taking Health Information to the Bank

But wait, isn’t it credit information thieves are taking to the bank? We frequently hear advertisements promoting products that are designed to help protect your Personal Credit Information (PCI) and all that goes with it, particularly your credit rating. But have you ever heard an advertisement for a product to protect your Protected Health Information … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 HIPAA Blogs

Breach Notification Deadline is Approaching

Breach Notification Deadline is Approaching In Subchapter C, Part 164 (sub sections 164.400-414) the notification requirements following the discovery of a breach of unsecured protected health information are defined. The notification requirement is different depending on the number of individuals potentially impacted by the breach. For breaches that involve less than 500 individuals a report … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 HIPAA Blogs

How to e-mail Safely

In the modern world it is nearly impossible to consider life without e-mail. It provides your patients with information they can refer to conveniently and frequently, if necessary. e-mail can provide you with an answer to a patient that doesn’t cause an immediate interruption to you or your office staff like a phone call does. … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 HIPAA Blogs

Off to the Cloud? Better Check a Few Things!

HIPAA laws require that covered entities, which include any company that collects, receives, stores, or shares protected health information, secure protected information with encryption. With the widespread adoption of cloud computing HHS has released guidance specifically to address this topic. This link will take you directly to that document: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/cloud-computing/index.html The document has an introduction … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 HIPAA Blogs

Data Encryption is a must!

Data Encryption is a must! When a laptop has electronic protected health information (ePHI) stored on the hard drive and that data is not protected by encryption loss of the laptop is considered a breach event – even if that data was never accessed. Here are just three examples of losing an unencrypted laptop can … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 HIPAA Blogs