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HIPAA Compliant Recommendations to Securing ePHI with Mobile Devices

The Dept. of Health & Human Services has a HIPAA security guide outlining their recommendations for securing ePHI (electronic protected health information) on mobile devices, including remote access. The HHS covers ePHI in a variety of instances ranging from accessing, … Continue reading

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Mitigating EHR Downtime

A recent EHR outage affecting numerous medical facilities, physician offices and clinics was a result of an issue with the software that managed user access to the EHR, provided by Epic Systems. After a planned upgrade took the system down … Continue reading

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Center for Democracy & Technology Clarifies the Healthcare Cloud

The Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit public policy organization, has recognized cloud computing as a viable solution for data use – from email and document storage to specialized enterprise services such as CRM software and full servers. They … Continue reading

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What to Look for in a HIPAA Cloud Provider

The deadline draws near – September 23, 2013 marks the date of when both business associates (now including cloud service providers) and covered entities must meet the HIPAA Omnibus rule, released in January to update the 15-year-old law. A refresh … Continue reading

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Be a Beneficiary of EMR Systems, Not a Victim

EMR: A three-letter acronym that evokes four-letter word-style reaction from many in the healthcare industry. But there’s no need for soap in the mouth, says Sandy Vosk and Steven Caruso. In fact, the chief operating officer and president of ImageDoc … Continue reading

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Tackling Healthcare CIO Challenges: Securing Infrastructure, IT Expertise and Costs

Nearly one in five healthcare CIOs have had a security breach within the past 12 months, according to statistics compiled by McKesson in Understanding Your CIO. Their top infrastructure IT focus is on systems that secure personal health information (22 … Continue reading

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HIPAA Breach Lessons Learned: Store PHI in HIPAA Compliant Data Centers; Not Locally

While no records were broken when it comes to number of health records disclosed per data breach, the top HIPAA breaches of last year still come with some hard lessons learned about technical and physical security. Learn from their mistakes … Continue reading

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The Effect of Michigan Health System Mergers on Health IT

Last year, Michigan saw widespread health system mergers, with a focus on the need to deliver integrated care. Part of the change may come from a shift in how healthcare is sold, meaning a switch from the traditional fee-for-service model … Continue reading

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Healthcare Industry Loses $7 Billion Due to HIPAA Data Breaches

A recent study released in December 2012 by the Ponemon Institute, the Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security, reveals an inside look at the growing data breaches in the healthcare industry. Recurring data breaches are increasing … Continue reading

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PCI & HIPAA Data Breaches of 2012: Lessons Learned

Here’s a review of the top 2012 data breaches within both the PCI and HIPAA compliant industries, and a quick analysis of what went wrong so you can easily learn from their lessons without accruing the associated costs and legalities. … Continue reading

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