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

Sutter Breach Notes

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As I’ve preached before, if you are going to store PHI on a mobile device (laptop, external hard drive, etc), you better make sure that you encrypt the hard drive. Typically, I am less concerned about desktop PC’s and servers as, you should have proper physical security systems in place. The recent Sutter Medical Foundation 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

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