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

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

The Cloud and HIPAA

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You know you’ve heard this term used, “The Cloud” is a favorite right now. Salespeople use it to sound cool. End users say it to sound cool. Every web startup out there uses it to sound relevant. For most practices, The Cloud can be used in two ways: You use a web based, software as Read More

A Downfall of Giant PHI Databases

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As we are pushed to put all of our medical records in electronic form, we open ourselves up to new issues. This headline is what we can expect to see more of in the future: GE Healthcare Admits Sending NHS Patient Data To US NHS IT Provider says 600,000 patients have no need to worry Read More

Smart Phone Dumb Doc

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It wasn’t long ago that I was having a “discussion” with somebody about the use of smart phones by physicians. This discussion wasn’t that a smart phone is not a useful tool, but that in a medical office a smart phone is not a professional device. First the easy answer… You are out-and-about and get Read More