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Will a Meaningful Use Audit Ruin Your Career?

Will Your Job Survive a Meaningful Use Audit? The Meaningful Use program can help offset technology costs or could cost your hospital or practice millions of dollars. It could also cost you […]

Save $1,699,900 with Encryption

Encryption is coming FAST… so don’t wait A state health department lost an unencrypted hard drive and paid a $1.7 million penalty. The health department would have saved $1,699,900 if it […]

Data Hides From Your Meaningful Use Risk Analysis

EHR SYSTEM THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG Many times during aMeaningful Use Risk Analysissomeone tells us that all of their electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) is in their EHR system. In over […]

Small Thumb Drive Brings Large HIPAA Penalty

My late uncle would not understand the latest HIPAA penalty for the loss of 2,200 patient records, which in his office were paper and would have weighed over 1,000 lbs. He was […]

Windows XP Protection Extended – Not By Much!

Microsoft has extended malware protection for Windows XP systems through July 14, 2015. But this does not mean that using Windows XP after April 8, 2014, is a smart thing to do. […]

Technology Universal Precautions

Universal Precautions (ALWAYS putting on protective gloves, masks, and protective clothing) for healthcare providers became necessary when it was realized that contact with a patient’s bodily fluids could result in the […]

Lessons from the Target Data Breach

5 Things Even the Smallest Doctor’s Office Should Learn A doctor’s oath to “Do No Harm” also means they need to protect patient data. Protecting confidential  information is providing good […]

Windows XP Debate Continues

  What risks can you effectively manage? I am glad that some readers are engaged enough to vocally disagree with my recent article about Windows XP not being an acceptable risk after it […]

HIPAA Enforcement Blind Spots

HIPAA enforcement has increased in recent years, but the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights(OCR) still only fines a few organizations out of the thousands of investigations […]

Can a Terminated User Cause a Breach?

How Good Is Your Terminated User Checklist? Having a former employee access electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) is a data breach.  In today’s computing environment terminating employee access can mean a lot […]

"Even though I serve both as the county IT director and the HIPAA Security Officer, I would not have been able to identify some of the issues you uncovered. As an outside organization you were able to gather information objectively, and offer a perspective I could not have gotten using internal resources. Your certifications in HIPAA and Security enabled you to ask the right questions, and relate your findings directly to the HIPAA rules."
Ken Peaslee, Director, Information Technology
County of Steuben, NY