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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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HIPAA/HITECH assessment for Healthcare Business Associates

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ( Section 13411 of the HITECH Act) requires HHS to consider Healthcare Business Associates like the healthcare covered entities. Business associates are required to comply with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Breach Notification standards just like the

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Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Audit

How to Prepare for Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Audit – Are you prepared for the ongoing CMS audit? – Do you maintain adequate documentation to prove meaningful use core, menu and CQM rules are met? – Is your security risk analysis and mitigation plan updated? Among other things, the

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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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Full-time/Part-time Healthcare IT Auditors

Overview  EHR 2.0 is seeking a passionate and experienced IT auditor with a strong technical audit background. As a team member of growing healthcare security and compliance services division, the ideal candidate will be responsible for coordinating HIPAA assessment, implementing recommendations and providing other consulting services for

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OCR/HHS HIPAA/HITECH Audit preparations for Healthcare Organisations

Among other things, the HITECH Act significantly strengthened HIPAA enforcement activities. In addition to increasing penalties, allowing enforcement by state attorneys general, requiring notices of breaches, and making business associates directly subject to penalties, the HITECH Act mandated that Office for Civil Rights of HHS conduct HIPAA

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$800,000 HIPAA Settlement in Medical Records Dumping Case

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Parkview will pay $800,000 and adopt a corrective action plan

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Another HIPAA settlements for $4.8 million due to patient data breach

 New York and Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Columbia University (CU) have agreed to settle charges that they potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to secure thousands of patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) held on

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