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

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

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