But Our Laptops Never Leave the Office

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This is a common response when I ask if a practice has encrypted their laptops. Horizon BCBS is a glaring example of why this does not matter. Horizon had some laptops that were just password protected, not encrypted. NOTE: password protection is simple to break – generally can be done in under 5 minutes, whereas Read More

The Big Breaches

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Go Utah Go! Utah Medicaid confirmed that on January 15, 2012 they had a data breach of 6,000 beneficiaries. 10 months earlier, data on 780,000 people was stolen from the same agency. Then in November of 2012, Utah’s state insurance exchange was hacked with a “graffiti attack”. Why do we hear mostly about these huge Read More

Why You Should be Scared

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Up to this point, most private practice physicians treat HIPAA compliance as…”something we’ll get to.” Most docs think their practice is compliant…they are wrong. I’ve mentioned before the threat of lawsuits and now this article. If this quote doesn’t send chills up your spine, then I don’t know what will: ““The privacy data breach area Read More

My PHI Breach Part 2

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In part 1 of my PHI breach story I mentioned that I’d keep an update running, specifically that I’d write an update “in a few days”. Well, that didn’t happen. Mainly because after I filled out my paperwork and send it in…nothing has happened. I suppose this is a good thing. But this article reminded 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