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Encryption is Key to HIPAA Compliance

Encryption is Key to HIPAA Compliance

There have been about 125,000 breaches of HIPAA data in the last few years, and 60 percent of them could have been prevented by encryption. For me, this was the big takeaway from the OCR and NIST conference in Washington D.C. last month. Of course, this number includes only the reported breaches. A fair estimate […]

October 27, 2014 | By More
High HIPAA Hopes

High HIPAA Hopes

September Survey Reflects Optimistic Compliance Outlook A recent survey conducted by 4Medapproved, sought the opinions of the medical community regarding their current HIPAA compliance status. One hundred and eighty participants reported surprising results. Reflecting a decent sized sample of the healthcare industry population, the answers to two questions and the accompanying comments are encouraging news for HIPAA […]

October 6, 2014 | By More
Breaches Come To Those Who Wait

Breaches Come To Those Who Wait

Breaches have come to many organizations this year, from Target, to Michaels, to Neiman Marcus. But this year of breath-taking data breaches climaxed with the largest one of all, when Home Depot announced that it had breached 56 million credit card numbers on September 8. As details of the breach have begun to emerge, it […]

September 29, 2014 | By More
A Culture of Compliance

A Culture of Compliance

Healthcare compliance can feel like a list of chores. You’ve got to train your staff, and sign agreements with Business Associates, and complete your Risk Analysis. It’s work that many healthcare providers would gladly trade for a day on the farm. Yet, turning compliance into a set of checklists can defeat the purpose. What is […]

August 18, 2014 | By More
Policies, Procedures and e-PHI

Policies, Procedures and e-PHI

So… do you know where your HIPAA policies and procedures are at this exact moment? According to a somewhat random and informal study I conducted over cocktails at a party populated by practitioners this weekend, many EP’s have only a vague idea of the location of said documents and a somewhat blurrier memory of when they […]

August 11, 2014 | By More
Compliance in Healthcare; More Complaints, More Lawsuits and More Ways to Manage It

Compliance in Healthcare; More Complaints, More Lawsuits and More Ways to Manage It

I have heard a growing group of healthcare industry insiders talking about this year being the inflection point in information security compliance. Media is paying far greater attention with high profile breaches in retail settings such as Target and TJX, revelations from Edward Snowden as well as a growing list of healthcare industry violation.  In […]

July 27, 2014 | By More
The HIPAA Whistleblowers Are Coming

The HIPAA Whistleblowers Are Coming

The federal government investigates HIPAA violations from three main sources: audits, breach investigations, and whistleblower complaints. HIPAA audits from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) generate press, but OCR can audit less than 1 percent of the 700,000 healthcare providers each year, let alone the million or more Business Associates. The buzz around audits is […]

July 20, 2014 | By More