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Ensuring the Security of Patients’ Data

A survey from the Verizon Enterprise revealed that 46% of healthcare patient data breaches are attributed to lost or stolen devices containing electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).  While many of these small healthcare practices are aware that patient data breaches hurt business, most of them can take […]

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Does my healthcare practice need to be HIPAA/HITECH certified?

We mentioned earlier in one of our blog posts that we would get back to you about the HIPAA/HITECH “Certification” question that lot of  the healthcare practices are asking about …  Certification by a third-party is not required for Covered Entities and Business Associates unlike PCI or […]

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60 Minutes to Social Media Success

  The first objection many healthcare practioners give about participating in social media is lack of time. We won’t kid you; social media can be  time consuming. But the reality is your patients, employees and business associates are finding time for social media so how long do […]

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How to Develop HIPAA Security Awareness and Training for Healthcare Staff?

The purpose of the HIPAA security awareness and training program is to educate all workforce members including management on security policies and procedures of Protected Health Information (PHI). This updated training needs to be provided to all new employees and repeated annually for all employees. There are several […]

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Have you updated your disaster recovery and business continuity plan?

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey has just released the 2014 update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps. The national seismic hazard maps for the conterminous United States have been updated to account for new methods, models, and data that have been […]

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Personal health data: 5 key lessons for better health

Like many, we followed Apple’s recent announcement about its Health app and HealthKit development platform with interest. In many ways, it echoed a vision — of an ecosystem where personal health data formed a platform upon which many could develop apps that help people live healthy lives — that we have supported for many years […]

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Personal health data: 5 key lessons for better health

Like many, we followed Apple’s recent announcement about its Health app and HealthKit development platform with interest. In many ways, it echoed a vision — of an ecosystem where personal health data formed a platform upon which many could develop apps that help people live healthy lives — that we have supported for many years […]

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Are we relying too much on gadgetry to improve ourselves?

Apple announced the company is working on a new app, called Health, that allows a user to store in one place all aspects of their health data, from heart rate to blood sugar levels, cholesterol measures and calories burned. The Health app, Apple says, will enable an exercise app to determine the number of calories you […]

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A wish list for Apple’s HealthKit

Apple has been making headlines again, which is not unusual for a company that sets trends and moves markets. Recently, they announced that iOS 8 would have a built-in app to collect all of your health info in one place. Then there was the announcement of the partnership with Mayo Clinic and Epic Systems. This generated […]

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The VA waitlist debacle: Don’t blame the VistA EHR system

Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying problems and restore faith in the agency. If these issues were common throughout the VA network of hospitals and clinics, it might make […]

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