HIPAA Advice

Email Providers that are HIPAA Compliant

HIPAA-covered bodies must guarantee protected health information (PHI) broadcast by email is safeguarded in order to prevent unauthorized people from intercepting messages, and many opt to use HIPAA compliant email providers to ensure proper controls […]

HIPAA Updates

Several Employees of Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Sacked due to Inappropriate PHI Access

A not-for-profit 115-bed community hospital in Ogdensburg, NY, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has sacked several employees for accessing patient health records without official permission.The PHI breaches were identified during an internal review. It is not yet obvious […]

Cybersecurity

Uber Settles Data Breach by Paying $148m

Uber, the peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab, food delivery, bicycle-sharing and transportation network company has settled a fine in relation to a 2016 cyber-attack that exposed data from 57 million customers and drivers for $148m. The payment […]

HIPAA Advice

Who Polices HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) brought in many new regulations for healthcare groups, but who polices HIPAA? Which federal departments are charged with making sure HIPAA Rules are adhered to by covered […]

HIPAA Advice

Release Form for HIPAA

A completed HIPAA release form must be received from a patient prior to their protected health information being shared with other individuals or groups, except in the case of standard disclosures for treatment, payment or […]

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The Signifigance of HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a landmark piece of data protection legislation in the USA. What is it that makes HIPAA so significant? What reform did HIPAA bring in and what […]

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HIPAA Compliance and Microsoft Azure

Does Azure comply with HIPAA? Can Microsoft’s cloud services be implemented by HIPAA covered bodies without breaching HIPAA Rules? Many healthcare groups are considering shifting some of their services to the cloud, and a large […]

HIPAA Advice

HIPAA and Patient Telephone Calls

The Federal Communication Commission has released a Declaratory Ruling and Order to state the rules in relation to HIPAA and patient telephone calls. Some healthcare suppliers have had difficulty understanding the rules in relation to […]

HIPAA Updates

44,600 Patients Affected by Ransomware Attack at Golden Heart Administrative Professionals

AK-based billing company, Golden Heart Administrative Professionals, a Fairbanks is alerting 44,600 people that some of their protected health information has potentially been obtained by unauthorized people due a recent ransomware attack. The ransomware was […]

HIPAA Advice

Microsoft Outlook and HIPAA Compliance

Software or an email application platform can never be completely HIPAA compliant, as compliance is dependent on how the software is being used rather than the software itself. However, software and email services can make […]

HIPAA Updates

Potential Theft of 4,500 Patients’ PHI BY Former Arkansas Children’s Hospital Employee Being Reviewed

A former staff member of Arkansas Children’s Hospital is being investigated by law authorities in relation to the theft and misuse of patients’ protected health information. The breach notice submitted to the Department of Health […]

HIPAA Advice

HIPAA Certification Explained

Many suppliers would like HIPAA certification to confirm they are fully compliant with HIPAA Rules and are knowledgeable with all parts of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but can HIPAA certification be […]

GDPR News

First GDPR Ruling Issued in German Courts

Last Monday (July 9) a German court, in the first decision applying the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ruled that data collection that exceeds what is necessary to achieve legitimate business purposes breaches one of the basic […]

HIPAA Updates

Humana Reports Cyber Spoofing Attack

Humana is contacting members across the US to notify them that their PHI may have been been accessed during a ‘sophisticated’ spoofing campaign. A spoofing attack refers to a concerted effort by a threat actor […]

HIPAA Advice

Penalties for Nurses Violated HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules must be adhered to by all covered bodies and their business associates. If it is found that they do not comply […]

HIPAA Advice

How to Comply with HIPAA Password Requirements

HIPAA password requirements state that processes must be implemented for setting up, amending and securing passwords unless an alternative, equally-effective security measure is adapted. We feel that the best manner to comply with the HIPAA […]

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HIPAA Retention Requirements Explained

The small distinction between HIPAA medical records retention and HIPAA record retention can lead to some confusion when talking HIPAA about retention requirements. This article seeks to explain what records need to be retained under […]

HIPAA Updates

HealthEquity Phishing Attack Exposes PHI

HealthEquity Inc. has been hit by a phishing attack leading to the exposure of members’ protected health information. The data breach was restricted to one email account, although a review of the messages in the […]

HIPAA Advice

HIPAA and its Purpose

HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is an vital legislative Act that impacts the U.S. healthcare secor, but what is the purpose of HIPAA? Healthcare workers often complain about the limitations imposed by […]

Compliance Vendor News

Egnyte Launches One-Click GDPR Compliance Tool

Startup software vendor Egnyte is launching a one-click compliance solution for the GDPR. This tool aims to reduce the amount of time that companies need to spend on GDPR compliance. Using machine learning features, this […]

HIPAA Advice

Responsibilities of a HIPAA Compliance Officer

The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act states that that an individual(s) within a Covered Entity or Business Associate must be assigned the duties of HIPAA Compliance Officer. The individual filling this role can be […]