Size Matters, with Broadband

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Many times I take things for granted. Like, how much the general public understand about internet access. This week the Wall Street Journal had an article that floored me. The article covered the fact that in locations where many people access the internet through the same router, they can get very slow internet speed. I 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

Stolen Laptops and the Whole Ball of Wax

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Most of the time when I read a story on a stolen laptop, it is just the singular topic – Hey genius, if you encrypted your laptop this wouldn’t be an issue. The latest story I’ve come across pulls pieces in from multiple issues that a medical practice needs to consider.  Though the incident revolves Read More

Google is Dangerous

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This is for the paranoid out there, and if you are a physician, you need to be paranoid about how your practice handles patient health information (PHI). Cloud computing is the hip, in-thing right now. Cloud storage is where things can get tricky…note: you better have a HIPAA office policy on this matter. What is Read More

HIPAA Whistleblowers

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Just like in any profession, there is a desire by the government to have whistle-blowers. A whistle-blower makes the job of policing much easier for the government. The whistle-blower will get job protection (if they want to stay on) and typically a percentage of any fines.  Remember, HIPAA fines can be huge! Let’s take a Read More