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Securing Healthcare Systems: The Crucial Role of System Patches in HIPAA Compliance

Last Updated - June 01, 2024

Maintaining the integrity and security of patient information is paramount in the healthcare sector. Ensuring your systems are up-to-date with the latest patches is a vital aspect of HIPAA compliance and overall data security. This article...

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HIPAA Policies and Procedures: A Guide for Healthcare Organizations

Last Updated - June 01, 2024

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) safeguards patients' Protected Health Information (PHI). For healthcare organizations, adhering to HIPAA is both a legal requirement and an ethical obligation. This article dives...

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Malware Mayhem in Healthcare: Protecting Patient Privacy in the Digital Age

Last Updated - May 01, 2024

The healthcare industry thrives on sensitive information. Patient records brim with personal details, diagnoses, treatment plans – a treasure trove for malicious actors in the digital world. Malware, a catch-all term for malicious software...

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Identity Theft in Healthcare: Mechanisms, Impacts, and Preventative Strategies

Last Updated - April 01, 2024

Identity theft in healthcare not only compromises the financial stability of individuals but also poses a significant threat to the privacy and security of patient information, directly impacting healthcare providers' compliance...

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Harnessing Cybersecurity Tools for Enhanced HIPAA Compliance

Last Updated - April 01, 2024

In late February 2024, Change Healthcare, a unit of UnitedHealth Group (UHG), fell victim to a cybersecurity incident. The attack disrupted healthcare operations across the country, affecting hospitals, doctors, pharmacies...

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From Desktops to Smartphones: Building a Multi-Layered Defense Against Cyberattacks, Mobile Vulnerabilities, & Email/Texting Risks

Last Updated - March 01, 2024

As a dedicated healthcare professional, you're likely accustomed to using mobile devices and email for patient communication, as well as for interaction with colleagues and business associates. While adhering to data security best practices...

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Avoid Audits and Fines: Building a Proactive HIPAA Strategy with Security Officers, Incident Response, and Sanction Policy

Last Updated - January 31, 2024

If you work in the healthcare industry, you know how important it is to protect the privacy and security of your patient's health information. You also know how challenging it can be to comply with the Health Insurance Portability...

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Unveiling Accounting of Disclosures: A Crucial Element of HIPAA Compliance

Last Updated - December 05, 2023

If you are a healthcare provider, a business associate, or a patient, you may have heard of the term "accounting of disclosures" in relation to HIPAA. But what does it mean, and why is it important for HIPAA compliance? In this article, we will explain...

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Password Protection: How to Create and Remember Strong Passwords

Last Updated - October 31, 2023

Do you use passwords like "123456", "iloveyou", or your pet's name? If so, you are putting your online accounts and personal information at risk. Hackers can easily guess or crack these passwords and access your data...

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Reinvigorating Trust: A Fresh Perspective on Encryption & HIPAA Security

Last Updated - September 30, 2023

Let’s address the elephant in the room: articles on encryption, cybersecurity, and HIPAA compliance are abundant, often leading to a saturation of information. However, revisiting these topics with a fresh lens is critical as it directly impacts the...

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The HIPAA High-Wire: Balancing Patient Privacy with Access Controls

Last Updated - August 31, 2023

Ever felt that heart skip when you can't locate your phone in your bag or pocket? That surge of panic? It's just a fraction of what medical professionals feel when they sense a hint of vulnerability in patient data security. For our indispensable...

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Achieving HIPAA Compliance Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide

Last Updated - August 11, 2023

Maintaining HIPAA compliance is crucial for any organization dealing with protected health information (PHI). However, navigating the complex requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can be a daunting task...

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How to Protect Yourself After the HCA Healthcare Data Breach

Last Updated - July 31, 2023

Imagine waking up one morning to a flurry of alerts and warnings— your data has been compromised. If you are one of the 11 million patients potentially impacted by the recent HCA Healthcare data breach, you don't have to imagine...

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Safeguarding Health: HIPAA, Physical Security, and Workstation Protection

Last Updated - July 26, 2023

"If privacy is boiling hot... HIPAA is the fire underneath," observes Mac McMillan, a seasoned health IT leader, and CEO of CynergisTek, a top cybersecurity consulting firm. Healthcare professionals and business associates like IT professionals...

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OCR's Strong Authentication Guide for HIPAA Compliance

Last Updated - July 07, 2023

Robust authentication measures enhance the security of electronic protected health information (ePHI), reduce the risk of unauthorized access or breaches, and demonstrate compliance with HIPAA's requirements for safeguarding patient information...

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HIPAA Mistakes and Misconceptions: Guide for Foreign-Educated Healthcare Workers

Last Updated - June 23, 2023

Healthcare workers in the United States must navigate the complexities of Protected Health Information (PHI) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This is especially true for healthcare workers who may not yet...

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Columbus Children's Hospital Exposed Employees to Workplace Violence

Last Updated - June 08, 2023

Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio is under scrutiny following a recent investigation conducted by the US Department of Labor. The investigation revealed that the hospital failed to safeguard its employees, including nurses...

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Defending Patient Privacy: The Power of System Patches and HIPAA Security Policies

Last Updated - May 30, 2023

System patches are like digital shields that enhance security and optimize performance. They fix vulnerabilities and protect against evolving cyber threats...

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Streamline Healthcare Compliance - Top Easy-to-Use Solution and Review

Last Updated - May 18, 2023

Healthcare compliance is crucial to the smooth operations of healthcare organizations, and it is essential to comply with all relevant laws and regulations to avoid legal issues and maintain...

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5 Main Reasons for HIPAA Violations and Fines

Last Updated - May 03, 2023

Here are the top 5 reasons for HIPAA fines and violations that every Covered Entity and Business Associate should know:

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OSU-CHS Hit with $875K Penalty for HIPAA Violations: A Wake-Up Call for Healthcare Providers

Last Updated - April 17, 2023

Healthcare professionals, HIPAA Covered Entities, and Business Associates are all tasked with protecting the sensitive health information of patients. The recent $875,000 penalty imposed on OSU-CHS for HIPAA violations should serve as a wake-up call...

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5 Main Reasons for Medicare Violations and Fines

Last Updated - April 02, 2023

While Medicare is designed to ensure access to affordable healthcare, healthcare providers must adhere to strict guidelines to avoid violations and fines.

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Last Updated - March 16, 2023

Digitalization acceleration. With the advent of modernization and technology, we see digitalization as a valuable and convenient method of doing transactions in our daily life. For instance...

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Malware

Last Updated - March 01, 2023

As the need and dependency of people and businesses on computers, mobile gadgets, electronic data, and a variety of programs and applications consistently...

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How Encryption plays an important role in HIPAA Security

Last Updated - February 15, 2023

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has paid a $3 million HIPAA penalty to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

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Security Incidents and Sanction Policy

Last Updated - February 01, 2023

• Forgotten to remove access of a departing employee?
• Forgotten to collect devices with potential PHI from departing employees?...

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ID Theft and ID Protection

Last Updated - January 16, 2023

On March 23, 2021, acting United States Attorney M. Rhett DeHart announced that according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2020 Internet Crime Report, South Carolinians lost more than...

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Embracing HIPAA Security at Home and at Work

Last Updated - January 02, 2023

We certainly live in interesting times. I mean, my mother that is 87 years old, received a tablet for her Christmas present. My three-year-old grandson uses his mother's cell phone...

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Do you have a Business Associate Agreement with your vendors?

Last Updated - December 16, 2022

Business Associates
In an ideal world, each healthcare provider (aka Covered Entity) has a...

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Password Management in HIPAA Compliance

Last Updated - December 01, 2022

Does HIPAA mention anything about passwords?
Yes. Password and Password Management are explicitly stipulated in the following provisions:
First, under "Definitions" [45 CFR 164.304] of the "Security...

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Access Controls

Last Updated - November 15, 2022

§ 164.312(a)(1)
Allow access to ePHI only to those granted access rights. Implementation specifications under Access Control...

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What is Accounting of Disclosures?

Last Updated - November 01, 2022

Also known as Accounting of Disclosures of Protected Health Information, it is a mandate under 45 CFR § 164.528 of the Security and Privacy, Subpart E - Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information...

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CISA and AHA issue urgent warnings: CYBERTHREAT on US Healthcare Organizations

Last Updated - October 17, 2022

With the current critical and dangerous events unfolding, there is no avoiding discussion of unsettling threats – particularly cyber threats...

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IN A GLANCE: HIPAA Security Officer, Security Incidents, and Sanction Policy

Last Updated - October 03, 2022

Q: Is a HIPAA Security Officer necessary? Can we make do without having one? A: The short answer is "No."...

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Open Notes as Mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act: A Clinician's Condensed Guide

Last Updated - September 16, 2022

In 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act came into effect under President Obama; as of April 5th, 2021, the program rule on...

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HIPAA Physical Safeguards and Workstation Security

Last Updated - September 01, 2022

Physical Safeguards (45 CFR § 164.304) refers to physical measures, policies, and procedures to protect a covered entity’s or business...

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Do Business Associates have direct liability under HIPAA?

Last Updated - August 15, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued a fact sheet enumerating a list of HIPAA...

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Is Encryption Essential in HIPAA Compliance?

Last Updated - August 01, 2022

“Encryption is a method of converting an original message of regular text into encoded text. The text is encrypted by means of an algorithm...

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System Patch Management Role in HIPAA Security

Last Updated - July 18, 2022

By this time you should have a basic understanding of cybersecurity, cyber attacks, cyber tools, and malware. If you need a refresher on these...

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The Flexibility of Approach Clause on HIPAA Policies and Procedures

Last Updated - July 01, 2022

The words "policies" and "procedure(s)" are not specifically defined in HIPAA. However, in the publication...

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Know what HIPAA says: Security Officer, Security Incidents, and Sanction Policy

Last Updated - June 15, 2022

Assigning a HIPAA Security Officer is one of the mandates of HIPAA as indicated in 45 CFR § 164.308 (a) (2). It specifically...

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Aetna to pay $1 million in fines plus Corrective Action Plan for HIPAA breaches according to OCR HHS findings

Last Updated - June 01, 2022

Aetna has entered into a resolution agreement with the Office of the Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

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