My PHI Breach Part 1

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It is not unusual for me to rant here about the ridiculous level of recklessness the medical community has for our PHI. Specifically, the easiest thing to point out, as it happens all the time, is the “theft” (or loss) of a portable storage device. For those keeping score, a portable storage device is anything 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

Smart Phone, Dumb User

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Isn’t it great having a phone that is more powerful than a desktop computer from just a few years ago? All the information you ever need, right there at your finger tips. Your smart phone has access to: Your contact list Your home address (a few clicks and a thief can be at your home) Read More

The Fire Upstairs

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Imagine this: you pull up to your office in the morning to see fire trucks putting out a fire in the office above yours. As you arrive, the flames are gone, but there is still smoke and steam coming from the building. You look around and notice that the fire never made it to your Read More

Loose Lips Sink Ships

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Remember these posters from World War II? No, no…I don’t expect you around then, but you’ve probably seen a few of these, in fact I went out and found one. It is not unusual to hear about somebody “tweeting” something they should not have. In The Wall Street Journal, and article about an executive at Read More