Erase Hard Drive for HIPAA

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Often, when I tell my children what I want them to do, I get the blank stare and head nod. More recently, any time I speak to my children I require the following: Pause your video game Look me in the eye. Don’t act like my children on this subject. First, another report of stolen Read More

Our Lady lost 24,000 patients

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We are seeing this way too often. Our Lady of Peace, a psychiatric hospital in Louisville, KY is in the middle of a painful and embarrassing process. A flash drive was lost that: … contained unencrypted data on patients admitted since 2002 and patients assessed, but never admitted, since 2009. Data on admitted patients included Read More

Student Personal Data Stolen

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Over 3.3 Million people with student loans had their personal data stolen recently, to include Names, Addresses and Social Security numbers. This isn’t the first time people’s data has been stolen from student loan companies. As noted in the WSJ article, this isn’t the first time this has happened: The student-loan market has battled data Read More

Risk Management in Your Practice

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Part of a self assessment and policy is understanding what makes sense. This NPR article notes some instances of poor risk management. Any business in the medical industry needs to fully understand the risk in loading a laptop (or other mobile device) with PHI. Quite frankly, I can’t come up with a single reason a Read More

HITECH, HIPAA and Your Practice

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An excellent article by Dom Nicastro discussed the 5 major stumbling blocks that an auditor in Oregon has noticed lately. I expand on two of the stumbling blocks, they listed below. Lack of a risk analysis – Many organization have possibly executed on risk analysis, most have never even done one. This should include, but Read More