HIPAA Compliance

Password Sharing Common Among Doctors

Password Sharing Common Among Doctors

No one admits to sharing passwords - a distinct and clear violation of HIPAA - but a lot of people seem to be doing it.

Lawsuits for Information Breaches May Be on the Rise

Lawsuits for Information Breaches May Be on the Rise

Physicians might not deal frequently with sensitive protected health information, but an increasing number of these lawsuits are being filed.

Keeping Ahead of the Hackers

Keeping Ahead of the Hackers

It is relatively easy even for rookie hackers to get into computer systems.

Balancing Security and Access to Information

Balancing Security and Access to Information

The challenge with information security is walking the line between tightly securing data and over-relaxing access.

Practices Have Latitude in Addressing Security Risks

Practices Have Latitude in Addressing Security Risks

Health care providers do not necessarily have to meet every HIPAA standard.

Training Staff in HIPAA Regulations

Training Staff in HIPAA Regulations

Physician organizations need to do a better job training staff in safeguarding protected health information and complying with HIPAA in other ways.

Risk Analyses Must Include All Electronic PHI

Risk Analyses Must Include All Electronic PHI

Practices involved in legal cases were penalized for not having completed a comprehensive risk assessment.

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

Among the first things practices should do is set up a check-out/check-in system.

Controlling Access to Health Information

Controlling Access to Health Information

Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Encryption and keeping confidential information off laptops and cellphones are among the ways to prevent breaches.

Use EKG to Secure Electronic Health Records?

Use EKG to Secure Electronic Health Records?

Using ECG as a password enhances the security and privacy of the patient with minimal cost.

Business Associate Agreement Slipups Cost Providers Millions

Business Associate Agreement Slipups Cost Providers Millions

HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.

First Round of HIPAA Audits Exposes Providers' Weaknesses

First Round of HIPAA Audits Exposes Providers' Weaknesses

Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.

Storing Information on the Cloud

Storing Information on the Cloud

Practices benefit from cost savings and easy access to patient records, but information breaches are still possible.

More HIPAA Articles

Staff Nurse Faces Jail Time for HIPAA Violations

Staff Nurse Faces Jail Time for HIPAA Violations

A routine file maintenance ended in arrest and jail time for a licensed nurse who shared a patient's medical information with her spouse.

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

A nurse in the cardiology department of a large hospital saw nothing wrong with accessing the medical records of family members.

Common HIPAA Compliance Oversights

Common HIPAA Compliance Oversights

Compliance gurus bet there are at least a few things physicians are not doing to comply with HIPAA.

How to Comply with HIPAA

How to Comply with HIPAA

Healthcare providers have struggled with the need to comply with HIPAA, protect patient privacy and share information.

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

Confidential health information was sent to a patient's employer by a physician, resulting in a HIPAA violation.

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