The End of Innocence?

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The MED in Memphis, which is a the regional medical center in Memphis, TN is notifying 1,200 patients of a PHI breach. This breach is has been classified as an “innocent employee mistake“, in which 3 un-secure emails were sent with attachments that contain PHI. This goes right to my email soap box speech. I Read More

One eMail is Not Enough

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Remember that TV show Eight is Enough? Ah those were the days. Life was simple; there were only 3 TV channels. The internet…wasn’t. The Atari 2600 might have existed at this point, I really don’t remember.  Pong was definitely around. Today things are drastically different With the government pushing medical practices to go electronic, there Read More

Secure Email is Not

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I don’t do “told you so” moments. I do learn from incidents. Now, let’s learn: Indianapolis, Indiana:  St. Vincent Hospital, Nov. 12, 2010 approximately 1,800 patient’s PHI was revealed to third parties. Read the disclosure announcement here. What happened? The hospital apparently has a secure email system. On November 12, 2010 some “hospital employees unintentionally Read More

Ban Facebook From Your Office

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At the most basic level, why any business would want their employees to have access to a time waster is beyond me. Back in “the day”, when windows was young, there was a time waster included (it still is) called solitaire. Time Waster Larger businesses have their IT folks remove solitaire from the computers. Why?  Read More

HIPAA Compliant Email Encryption

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There is a lot of talk about this lately…HIPAA compliant email. First, you need to realize, standard email is NOT a secure method of transmitting ePHI. Most private practices don’t have secure email. Many hospitals do. Should you have it? My argument is no. Why not? There really is no reason for it. A hospital Read More