But Our Laptops Never Leave the Office

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This is a common response when I ask if a practice has encrypted their laptops. Horizon BCBS is a glaring example of why this does not matter. Horizon had some laptops that were just password protected, not encrypted. NOTE: password protection is simple to break – generally can be done in under 5 minutes, whereas Read More

Cleaning Crew Steals Records

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The following excerpt is from the River Falls Journal website.  The article is dated Feb 1, 2013. River Falls Medical Clinic says it has notified about 2,400 clients of a breach of unsecured personal information.  The breach occurred after clinic officials reported stolen equipment to the River Falls Police in the summer of 2012. The Read More

The Big Breaches

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Go Utah Go! Utah Medicaid confirmed that on January 15, 2012 they had a data breach of 6,000 beneficiaries. 10 months earlier, data on 780,000 people was stolen from the same agency. Then in November of 2012, Utah’s state insurance exchange was hacked with a “graffiti attack”. Why do we hear mostly about these huge Read More

What’s Your Fax Process?

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Part of ensuring your practice runs like a well oiled machine is having processes in place for every little item so everyone know how things should work. This helps standardize training. This helps you operate in a HIPAA compliant manner. Even the most mundane items need to have a proper process in place these days. Read More

Treat this Rash

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There has been a rash of major websites being hacked recently, and the ointment to soothe this rash for you is to be proactive. Sure this may not directly deal with HIPAA issues, but in the bigger picture I’ll show you how you should respond to these issues, while showing you that this could be Read More