Emory Data Breach, Same Old Excuses

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Does anyone know the #1 reason for a PHI data breach? That’s right, a lost or stolen storage device that is not encrypted. Follow on question: what is the only Safe Harbor for a lost or stolen storage device? Encryption! So, the worst offender is an un-encrypted storage device, yet one of the easiest things Read More

Do as I say, not as I…Oops!

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Take a look at a list of PHI breaches and there are a few items that stand out: Many are at the hands of a contractor Most are portable storage device losses or theft (this includes tapes, laptops, etc) Lots are at big government entities One of the goals of HIPAA regulations is to give Read More

Google Health Kaput

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Engadget reports that Google is shutting down Google Health. This is/was a “service” that allowed you to give Google even more of your personal information. Sure, it wasn’t enough that Google tracks “everything” you do online, now they wanted to know your intimate health secrets. Hmm, but nobody used the service. I wonder why? Could Read More

Copy Machine Cleaning Law

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It was bound to happen. Laws are being created. What’s this about? As we’ve mentioned a few times on this website, if you use a multi-function photocopier (one that will copy, scan, print and receive faxes), chances are very good (90%+ probability) that your device has a computer hard drive built into it. This hard Read More

The Healthcare Time Bomb: HIPAA 5010

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There is a “Time Bomb” ticking in the healthcare industry that is more important that the crazy healthcare debates that is taking place in Congress. This revolves around the ability to get medical billing to the insurer for reimbursement and receiving successful payment. This is the process that if not done properly in January 2011, Read More