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February 2018 Healthcare Data Breaches Summary

February 2018 Healthcare Data Breaches Summary

Our February 2018 healthcare data breach report lists the major data breaches reported by healthcare groups, health plans, and business associates in February 2018. Even though February is a shorter month, but there was a rise in the number of healthcare data breaches...

How to Manage Your HIPAA Password Requirements

How to Manage Your HIPAA Password Requirements

HIPAA password requirements state that procedures must be implemented for creating, changing and securing passwords unless a different, equally-effective security measure is chosen. The password requirements under HIPAA are available the Administrative Safeguards of...

Amazon Web Services and HIPAA Compliance

Amazon Web Services and HIPAA Compliance

Amazon Web Services has all the security requirement to adhere with the HIPAA Security Rule and the company is willing to complete a business associate agreement with healthcare groups. So, is AWS HIPAA compliant? The answer is both Yes and No. AWS can be deemed as...

Can Google Drive be Deemed HIPAA Compliant?

Can Google Drive be Deemed HIPAA Compliant?

In order to properly address the question, “Is Google Drive HIPAA compliant?” there are a number of factors to consider. This is due to the fact that HIPAA compliance is less about specific technologies and more about how technologies are utilized. Any software...

Easy EHR Issues Reporting Challenge Winners Announced by ONC

Easy EHR Issues Reporting Challenge Winners Announced by ONC

The winners of the Easy EHR Issues Reporting Challenge have been announced by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). At present, reporting EHR safety concerns is a tiresome process that...

Email Providers that are HIPAA Compliant

Email Providers that are HIPAA Compliant

HIPAA-covered organizations must take every possible precaution to ensure protected health information (PHI) sent and received by email is safeguarded both at rest and in transit in order to prevent unauthorized access to patient data. Many organizations opt to use...

What is the Procedure for Reporting a HIPAA Violation?

What is the Procedure for Reporting a HIPAA Violation?

It is vital for all staff members in the healthcare sector to have a firm grasp of what a HIPAA violation is and how to report one. Understanding what a HIPAA violation entails should be included in HIPAA training, as should the correct individual to direct a report...

Who Polices HIPAA?

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 bodies and their business...

Can Zoho be Deemed HIPAA Compliant?

Can Zoho be Deemed HIPAA Compliant?

Many healthcare groups have considered the Zoho Office Suite as an alternative software package to organize workflows, but can Zoho be deemed HIPAA compliant? Zoho: What is it? Based in Pleasanton, CA Zoho is developer of cloud applications and web-based utilities...

The Significance of HIPAA

The Significance 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 are the benefits to the healthcare sector and patients?...

Phishing Incident Affects Patients of Confluence Health

Phishing Incident Affects Patients of Confluence Health

A not-for-profit health system that operates Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee Valley Hospital and a dozen satellite clinics in Central and North Central Washington, has experienced a data breach incident involving a staff member’s email account that may have...

HIPAA Compliance and Microsoft Azure

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 number already have. The cloud provides...

HIPAA and Patient Telephone Calls

HIPAA and Patient Telephone Calls

The Federal Communication Commission has released a Declaratory Ruling and Order to clarify TCPA rules in relation to HIPAA and patient telephone calls. Some healthcare suppliers have had difficulty understanding TCPA rules in relation to HIPAA and patient telephone...

Microsoft Outlook and HIPAA Compliance

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 it easier to comply with HIPAA. For this to...

Theft of PHI from Alaska DHSS Possible Caused by Zeus Trojan Infection

Theft of PHI from Alaska DHSS Possible Caused by Zeus Trojan Infection

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (ADHSS) is contacting ‘more than 500’ individuals to inform them that some of their protected health information (PHI) may have been accessed by hackers. On April 26, the ADHSS found that malware had been placed on...

HIPAA Retention Requirements Explained

HIPAA Retention Requirements Explained

The small distinction between HIPAA medical records retention and HIPAA record retention can lead to some confusion when discussing HIPAA retention requirements. This article seeks to explain what records need to be retained under HIPAA, and what other retention...

HIPAA and its Purpose

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 HIPAA – Are the advantages of the...

Responsibilities of a HIPAA Compliance Officer

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 an existing employee or a new...

What is the Significance of HIPAA?

What is the Significance of HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a pivotal piece of legislation, but why is HIPAA so significant? What alternations did HIPAA introduce and what are the advantages that it allocate to the healthcare industry and patients? Introduced...

Google Drive as a HIPAA Compliant Service

Google Drive can deemed as compliant and non-compliant with HIPAA. This is due to the fact that compliance is less about technology and more about how technology is utilized on a daily basis. Even a software solution or cloud service that is found to be...

Liquid Web and HIPAA Compliance

Liquid Web and HIPAA Compliance

Healthcare groups seeking a hosting solution may identify Liquid Web as a possible vendor, but is Liquid Web HIPAA compliant? Can its cloud management services be used by HIPAA-covered bodies for hosting applications and projects that include electronic protected...

HIPAA and Texting Violations

To refer to texting as a violation of HIPAA is not strictly correct. Depending on the body copy of the text message, who the text message is being shared with, or mechanisms put in place to safeguard the integrity of Protected Health Information (PHI), texting can be...

Compliance Checklist for HIPAA

Compliance Checklist for HIPAA

HIPAA Compliance Checklist 2018-2019 If your group manages electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), the best thing for you to do is to carefully consider all of the information included here in our HIPAA compliance checklist 2018-2019. The purpose of our HIPAA...

Is Slack HIPAA Compliant?

Is Slack HIPAA Compliant?

Slack is a useful tool that can make it much easier to communicate and collaborate, but is Slack HIPAA compliant? Would it be against HIPAA regulations for healthcare entities to send protected health information (PHI) via Slack? Is Slack HIPAA Compliant? The question...

HIPAA Compliance and eFileCabinet

HIPAA Compliance and eFileCabinet

As a document management and storage service for businesses, eFileCabinet  provide on-site and cloud storage. However, is the service appropriate for the healthcare sector? Does eFileCabinet adhere with HIPAA rules or will using it lead to HIPAA breaches? Document...

Sharepoint and HIPAA Compliance

Sharepoint and HIPAA Compliance

A web-based document management and storage system, SharePoint is one of the most popular leading collaborative services available, used by 78% of Fortune 500 firms. The service relies on Microsoft’s OpenXML document standard and therefore integrates seamlessly with...

HIPAA Compliance and Yammer

HIPAA Compliance and Yammer

Yammer is a freemium enterprise social networking platform used for private communication and collaboration within organizations since 2008. After a bedding in period Microsoft purchased the company in 2012. It has grown in popularity since then to the extent that it...

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