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

Google is Dangerous

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This is for the paranoid out there, and if you are a physician, you need to be paranoid about how your practice handles patient health information (PHI). Cloud computing is the hip, in-thing right now. Cloud storage is where things can get tricky…note: you better have a HIPAA office policy on this matter. What is Read More

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