The Fire Upstairs

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Imagine this: you pull up to your office in the morning to see fire trucks putting out a fire in the office above yours. As you arrive, the flames are gone, but there is still smoke and steam coming from the building. You look around and notice that the fire never made it to your Read More

Clowns to the Left, Joker’s to the Right

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Here I am, stuck in the middle with you… Great Steve Miller band lyrics. When it comes to Electronic Health Records (EHR) vendors, unfortunately I haven’t dealt with many winners. To clarify, yes we deal with HIPAA compliance. We also have a division that deals with medical IT support. This week is a major upgrade Read More

1.7 Million Patient’s Data Stolen in NY

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This is horrendous. 1.7 million people in NYC have now had their data stolen. ========= How did this happen? ========= The hospital makes backup tapes of its computers then has the shipped off site. On the surface this seems smart: Backup computers – SMART Store backup off site – SMART Transfer backup data in non-secure Read More

Broken Thumb Drive

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We got a random call today asking if we could fix a broken thumb drive. “What exactly do you mean?” I asked “I had my thumb drive in my laptop and then bumped it and it broke off.” I thought she just wanted what remained in her laptop USB slot removed, which would have been Read More

1,700 Patients Data Lost

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As reported in the Time Free Press, the personal information of more than 1,700 patients of a local Chattanooga, TN doctor’s office has been lost. This family practice office had been using a computer flash drive, commonly referred to as a “thumb drive” as their off site computer backup. This thumb drive was not encrypted. Read More