By Art Gross – As the value of healthcare data remains high, there is no denying that healthcare organizations make prime targets for cybercriminals. To wreak havoc and make a profit from compromised patient data, cybercriminals exploit weak spots in healthcare organizations…
By Mark Hollis – It’s an accepted part of everyday life, people text, shop online, use social media platforms or browse the internet using whatever device they’re carrying or seated in front of, even at work.
By Gene Fry – For HIPAA covered entities and their business associates, keeping health data protected should be a top priority. Failing to do so can have disastrous consequences, not only by way of the civil and criminal penalties dealt out for breaching HIPAA’s rules.
IT Teams Do the Heavy Lifting to Ensure HIPAA Compliance Are you or aren’t you? Compliant, I mean. Seems like an easy enough question to answer, but ever since passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, businesses have struggled with their response. Even after a decade-and-a-half to prepare, many providers […]
COMMENTARY Mike Semel Semel Consulting HIPAA Compliance Tech Tips Part 2 (for the first of this 2-part series click here) More critical components of a HIPAA compliant computing environment…Encryption. While encryption is Addressable for HIPAA compliance, if you don’t have it and a device containing health information is lost or stolen, you must notify patients and report […]
Don’t Join the HIPAA Data Breach ‘Wall of Shame’ Mike Semel Semel Consulting In compliance with the HIPAA Data Breach Notification Rule, more than 570 HIPAA data breaches of over 500 records have been reported since 2010, with over 21 million patient records lost. This information is posted on a federal website known informally as the HIPAA ‘Wall of Shame.’ […]
Data Encryption Saves Millions in HIPAA Breach Penalties Mike Semel, HIT Security Every time there is a HIPAA data breach penalty for a lost laptop or hard drive, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Leon Rodriguez says that the penalty would have been avoided if the data was encrypted. The HITECH Act of 2009 modified the HIPAA data breach rule by stating that if a […]
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