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HIPAA Violation Fines: $750,000 settlement highlights the need for HIPAA business associate agreements

Raleigh Orthopedic violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by handing over Protected Health Information (PHI) for approximately 17,300 patients to a potential business partner without having a business associate agreement. Not having a Business Associate Agreement (BA) in place leaves

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Social Determinants of Health

It’s a well-known fact that genetic and healthy eating plays a very important role in our general health. But according to recent research, clinical information from a care encounter contributes only about 10% of what drives population health. Social determinants of health, including health behaviors and physical

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HIPAA Compliance and Secure Messaging

With growing HIPAA compliance enforcement, information security is a top concern to all healthcare organisations. The growing use of mobile devices in healthcare industry proportionately increases the risks and challenges of securing electronic protected health information (ePHI). The  number of HIPAA violations are on the rise  and many

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Improper Disclosure of Research Participants’ Data Results in $3.9 million settlement

In what seems to be an aggressive enforcement strategy by HHS/OCR, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million to settle potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and

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HHS/OCR’s motion to impose civil money penalty on HIPAA violation is granted by administrative judge

Lincare, Inc., d/b/a United Medical, supplies respiratory care, infusion therapy, and medical equipment to patients in their homes. The estranged husband of one of its managers complained that his wife allowed him access to the “Protected Health Information” of Lincare patients, even though he was not authorized

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Enable a firewall on Windows and Mac OS X

To protect the healthcare practice network from the spread of viruses and malware, it’s recommended that all computers to have a firewall installed, enabled and configured to block malicious traffic. A firewall provides a layer of protection between your computer and the internet. It serves as a

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Another HIPAA penalty for not conducting organization-wide security risk analysis

The University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations. Affiliated covered entities must have

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Introduction to Security Risk Assessment ( SRA) for Meaningful Use and HIPAA Compliance

Whether enrolled in CMS Meaningful Use or falling under jurisdiction of HIPAA requirements, a thorough Risk Analysis/Assessment is a requirement to avoid penalties. During the process of claiming MU incentive payments, the organization must attest an SRA has been completed then would be forced to payback funds

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Secure Online Shopping Tips for Healthcare Practices

With online holiday shopping season underway, healthcare information security best practices need to be enforced as workforce handling patient data is actively engaged in online shopping as well. When making a purchase requiring account information, including credit cards or personal identification, users should be confident their computer

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Patch Released for “Smart Car” Security Flaw – Considerations for Medical Devices

A patch has been released for the security flaw recently identified in certain computerized vehicles, which potentially allows outside attackers to control critical functions of the car. Workers in the healthcare field should be familiar with similar scenarios for medical devices, which also may endanger customers’ lives.

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