HIPAA Compliance

Breach Prevention Begins With Good Policies

Breach Prevention Begins With Good Policies

Failure to categorize data is among the mistakes made in medical practices that could set the stage for violating patient confidentiality.

Email Precautions Are an Important Security Layer

Email Precautions Are an Important Security Layer

Staff at medical practices should be taught to recognize suspicious email messages

The Threat From Within: Most Breaches Due to Employee Errors

The Threat From Within: Most Breaches Due to Employee Errors

A study found that more than half of information breaches at health care organizations were due to internal issues such as sending emails to the wrong recipient.

Health Information Breach Brings Record Settlement

Health Information Breach Brings Record Settlement

Company fined $16 million in a case involving hackers who stole electronic health information from nearly 79 million people.

Massachusetts Physician Guilty in HIPAA Case

Massachusetts Physician Guilty in HIPAA Case

Although uncommon, criminal prosecutions under HIPAA still occur.

Failure to Encrypt Devices Leads to Huge Settlement

Failure to Encrypt Devices Leads to Huge Settlement

The case involving a major health care organization involved a laptop stolen from an employee's home and 2 lost USB devices.

Good Incident Response Plans Are a Must

Good Incident Response Plans Are a Must

A systematic process is necessary to prove an incident involving medical records did not result in a breach.

Strategies for Measuring HIPAA Compliance Efforts

Strategies for Measuring HIPAA Compliance Efforts

Providers need to know how to measure their effectiveness at HIPAA compliance.

An Underappreciated Vulnerability: Medical Devices

An Underappreciated Vulnerability: Medical Devices

Hackers' attempts to steal data could lead to malfunction of MRI machines, implantable defibrillators, insulin pumps, and other devices.

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.

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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