One eMail is Not Enough

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Remember that TV show Eight is Enough? Ah those were the days. Life was simple; there were only 3 TV channels. The internet…wasn’t. The Atari 2600 might have existed at this point, I really don’t remember.  Pong was definitely around. Today things are drastically different With the government pushing medical practices to go electronic, there Read More

Yet Another Lost

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Laptop. Lost?  Stolen? Does it matter? No. Hurley Medical Center in Flint Michigan can’t find a laptop that had upwards of 2,000 patients on it. “The medical center has a policy that laptops must be password protected and have a tracking device…” Quick reminder – password protection doesn’t mean squat. You must encrypt! I am Read More

Voicemail Hacking

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Some big news being talked about right now is how a UK newspaper hacked into the voice mail of certain people and gained slimy news from this access. How the heck does this happen? It is actually quite easy…unfortunately. Typically, when one checks voice mail from the cell phone they either don’t need to input Read More

A Different Kind of Breach

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We are going to see over the next few years that, any time PHI is made available to someone other than the patient, it will be considered a breach. A perfect example if given to us by the BCBS of Florida as they accidentally sent some 3,500 monthly explanation of benefits statements out.  The problem Read More

How Apple Does it

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We frequently refer to your company computer policy.  This is the foundation by which your practice should operate day to day. Meaningful Use requires your practice to have, among other things, a Sanction Policy and a Termination Policy. The Wall Street Journal, on June 15,  contained an intereting article called Apple’s Retail Secrets. Did you Read More