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By Irv H. Lichtenwald - Should we be concerned? Microsoft Office was first introduced by Bill Gates at COMDEX, Las Vegas, in August, 1988. Here we are almost exactly 27 years later, and if you plug the words ‘hate,’ ‘Microsoft’ and ‘Office’ into Google, you’ll get more than 4 million results. Remove ‘Office’ and Google returns more than 33 million results.
By Steve Spearman - This past summer, the state of Colorado's Medicaid program, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), accidentally sent letters containing PHI to the wrong addresses, affecting individuals from 1,069 households.
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Registration is now open for WEDI-Con 2015, October 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Reston, VA. Join hundreds of your peers for this four-day event to share successful best practices for healthcare privacy and security, transactions and emerging industry trends.
By Barry P. Chaiken MD, MPH - Opentable. TripAdvisor. Angie’s List. Healthgrades. No person or organization maintains immunity from scrutiny by consumers. Although reviews can deliver either positive words or embarrassing comments, they surely capture the attention of both the reviewer and the reviewed.
By Debra Harris - Without proper staff training and education, an electronic health record (EHR) implementation can cause more challenges than benefits for your organization. But this doesn’t need to be the case if you take a few strategic steps when prepping and training your staff.
By Jonathan Krasner - We are all well aware of the epidemic of large data breaches that have been occurring recently. Anthem, Blue Cross, UCLA, the list goes on and on. Over 143 million records breached to date – an astounding figure! Since 2009, when the Office of Civil Rights “Wall of Shame” came into existence, there have been over 1,200 breaches of 500 records or more that have been reported.
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