How Secure is Secure?

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Just like the fax machine is antiquated, so is the “ambulance chasing attorney”…the new version of this attorney is the “PHI breach chasing attorney.” At the most basic level HIPAA regulations allow for sending PHI via the mail,or the equivalent (a courier/FedEx/UPS), or fax. There is some thick irony when the antiquated technology of the Read More

Phone Phactory Reset

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If you haven’t seen the article in USA Today, it is a good wake up call for everyone. The short version of the story is this: Guy trades in old phone for new phone Guy didn’t remove his info from the old phone Store employee notices this and begin to make posts on Guy’s Facebook Read More

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

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