The BYOD Party

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work is all the rage these days. Why? 3 words: Smart Phone, Tablet Smart phones cracked the BYOD barrier not necessarily as a work device, but as a way for someone to stay more connected to the outside world while at work.  As more applications appear, more can be Read More

28 Hospital Employees Given Early Vacation

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Not really a vacation, they were FIRED. Allina hospital in Minneapolis fired 28 employees who “were found to have violated the federal patient privacy rule known as HIPAA” as reported by the StarTribune paper. “Although they were patient-care providers, none of them were caring for the 11 people hospitalized.” This clarifies it was not accidental Read More

Official Use Only?

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Does your office assign a business email to all of your employees? If so, what is your office policy on the use of that email? Sure, you might tell them it is for “official use only”…but what does that mean? And…if you “told” them this vs. having it in a written policy…does it even matter? Read More

Hospital Fires 3, HIPAA Violation

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This issue pops up at times when famous people enter the hospital. Hospital staff can get a bit excited about the famous visitor…and the pull up some records that they have no business viewing. This happened a number of years back with Madonna. Now, after the high profile shooting that just happened in Arizona, something Read More

Whistle Blower vs. Auditor

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Whistleblower or Auditor…which is scarier? In the news right now is the release by WikiLeaks of all sorts of classified government documents. How did WikiLeaks get all of this information? It appears an Army Private who was an Intelligence Specialist made copies of this information and is handing it over to WikiLeaks. Why would he Read More