IE Browser Security Alert

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If you haven’t heard already, computer security experts in the US and UK (oh, and Sweden, too) are recommending to not use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) until they have a security fix put out. Should you be worried? That depends. The issue at hand is basically this: When going to an infected website, a “flash Read More

Good Intentions Are Not the Point

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Let’s face it, all the good intentions in the world don’t matter if you are breaking the law. Over the last few years, I’ve done hundreds of risk assessments at private medical practices. During our process I try to make it clear that I am not doing this to “beat you up”…really I’ not. BUT Read More

To Shred or Not to Shred

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This isn’t really the question…the question is: Should you shred or use a shredding service? Some of this depends on how big your practice is, but I’ll break it down to this rule of thumb: You should have a shredder next to each photocopier in your practice.  If this become cost prohibitive, then check out Read More

Bumpy in the Cloud?

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The buzz word in the EHR world is definitely “cloud”. Are you on the cloud?  You’re not on the cloud? I can’t believe you’re not on the cloud. Quick look back in corporate computing history: IBM mainframes (original cloud) Personal Computers Server / Thin Client (cloud 2.0) Personal Computers Cloud (3.0) What’s that saying?  What Read More

Paper Records Nobody Will Notice

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Most people focus their efforts on the digital world when it comes to HIPAA compliance and Meaningful Use Risk Assessments. Yes, the computerization of the medical practice is a huge drive in all of this, but the cave man style of running a practice can still poke its head out of the cave once in Read More