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Game Over, Windows XP Holdouts

HIPAA Penalty for Unpatched/Unsupported Software The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that enforces HIPAA announced a $ 150,000 penalty for a health clinic data breach that was caused by the […]

Beware of Your Vendors

How Your Friends Can Hurt You If a friend gives you Ebola does it matter that you like him? Does it matter that you like your vendors, if their ignorance or […]

Health Care: The FBI and California Attorney General are Calling

  In April the FBI issued an alert to health care organizations warning that they were not as secure as they think they are. The biggest vulnerability was the perception […]

HIPAA Guidance for Same-Sex Marriages

  The HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued new guidance clarifying HIPAA and same-sex marriages as it relates to the disclosures of health information. Additional guidance is forthcoming as […]

September 2014 HIPAA Update

New HIPAA On-Site & Business Associate Audits Early this year the Office for Civil Rights announced that it would be conducing approximately 400 remote “desk audits” of HIPAA Covered Entities […]

“Doctor, During Your Physical We Found A Lump”

5 Ways to Prevent Hidden Risks I recently visited a medical practice to conduct a Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis. They told me their EHR patient records were being backed […]

Breach of 4.5 million records— More Questions Than Answers

Still, there are lessons to be learned even for small organizations Community Health Systems’ (CHS) recent data breach of 4.5 million patient records brings up several questions. All of these […]

How a HIPAA Violation Became Malpractice

5 Myths & Facts every provider needs to know “I used HIPAA to establish the standard of care.  Though it might seem a semantic distinction, it is actually quite important […]

Does Your Business Associate Agreement Adequately Protect Patient Data?

Trust but Verify: Don’t Get a False Sense of Security from your Business Associates Two recent highly publicized data breaches illustrate the need for HIPAA Covered Entities to make sure […]

HIPAA Omnibus Starts 180-day Countdown to Compliance

New HIPAA Rules affect health care providers & many businesses that support them On March 23, 2013, the new HIPAA Omnibus Rules takes effect, requiring health care organizations to update their […]