HIPAA Compliance

How Small Breaches Can Cost Millions

How Small Breaches Can Cost Millions

Health care providers are neglecting some basic precautions and thereby allowing breaches of protected health information.

Practices Face Challenges in Hiring Qualified Cybersecurity Personnel

Practices Face Challenges in Hiring Qualified Cybersecurity Personnel

Health care cybersecurity is an area with severe shortages.

Texting Medical Orders Poses Risks

Texting Medical Orders Poses Risks

Institute of Safe Medication Practices indicates risks such as abbreviations, autocorrection

Keeping Patient Portals Secure

Keeping Patient Portals Secure

Authentication of users and where data are stored among the important considerations.

Be Prepared for Ransomware

Be Prepared for Ransomware

If an attack occurs, a practice may be faced with the difficult decision of whether to pay money to get access to their information or have it returned.

Important HIPAA Compliance Issues in 2018

Important HIPAA Compliance Issues in 2018

Patient access to medical records, increased enforcement, and a shortage of IT security professionals are among the concerns facing health care providers.

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.

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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