Easy is Usually Not Secure

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I’m really going to talk about Dropbox and the recent security issue they had, but before that I want to illustrate something. When I speak with medical offices about reducing the risk of a PHI breach I generally hear lots of frustration on the other side. I get it. Let’s look at this from a Read More

The End of Innocence?

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The MED in Memphis, which is a the regional medical center in Memphis, TN is notifying 1,200 patients of a PHI breach. This breach is has been classified as an “innocent employee mistake“, in which 3 un-secure emails were sent with attachments that contain PHI. This goes right to my email soap box speech. I Read More

Cleaning Crew Steals Records

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The following excerpt is from the River Falls Journal website.  The article is dated Feb 1, 2013. River Falls Medical Clinic says it has notified about 2,400 clients of a breach of unsecured personal information.  The breach occurred after clinic officials reported stolen equipment to the River Falls Police in the summer of 2012. The Read More

Most Docs Won’t Qualify

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I just read an article titled “Most Docs Won’t Qualify for EHR ‘Meaningful Use’”. This article states that …”two-thirds plan to apply or have already applied for meaningful use incentives….” Planning to apply and having already applied are two different animals. I’ve planned to clean my desk for years, but my wife keeps reminding me Read More

Good Deal Going Away

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Meaningful Use Stage 2 brings a variety of changes. I’ll go over these is small segments over the next few months. Right now the topic is what I considered to be a good deal. It really was a loop hole that may not have been in Stage 1 Meaningful Use on purpose. This good deal Read More