Data Breach Reaction Done Right

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All too often the focus is on how somebody did something wrong with PHI. Really, though, there are so few examples of things done right…to point them out is a challenge. Well, never fear, we seem to have a good example here… That’s right, the Houston Methodist Hospital learned they had a breach, and they Read More

Size Matters, with Broadband

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Many times I take things for granted. Like, how much the general public understand about internet access. This week the Wall Street Journal had an article that floored me. The article covered the fact that in locations where many people access the internet through the same router, they can get very slow internet speed. I Read More

A Downfall of Giant PHI Databases

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As we are pushed to put all of our medical records in electronic form, we open ourselves up to new issues. This headline is what we can expect to see more of in the future: GE Healthcare Admits Sending NHS Patient Data To US NHS IT Provider says 600,000 patients have no need to worry 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

28 Hospital Employees Given Early Vacation

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Not really a vacation, they were FIRED. Allina hospital in Minneapolis fired 28 employees who “were found to have violated the federal patient privacy rule known as HIPAA” as reported by the StarTribune paper. “Although they were patient-care providers, none of them were caring for the 11 people hospitalized.” This clarifies it was not accidental Read More