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

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