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What is the most common cause of HIPAA breaches?

While interesting and unusual HIPAA breaches happen, the most common HIPAA breaches in healthcare are still old fashion human error. Since 2004, the Number One cause of breaches has been impermissible uses and disclosures. This can be anything from an email sent...

Just when you thought it was safe…

On October 17, 2017 First Health of the Carolina’s shut down their systems to ensure that all devices were tested and cleared of the threat of a new strain of the Wannacry virus. While the organization indicated that no patient information was compromised, the...

Time to Strengthen your BA Agreements

So far this year, 22 breaches have been reported for 2017. Of course, there are still 2016 breaches being report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website. While all the 2017 breaches so far are small, the largest one provides some good learnings on...

The Beauty of HIPAA

Have you ever heard anyone call HIPAA beautiful? NO?  I didn’t think so! However, being in the industry, I see the beauty of HIPAA every day in its flexible design. The government regulations are that you need to keep Private Health Information (PHI) private and...

HIPAA Compliance: Where do YOU fit in?

In our October 13, 2016 post “HIPAA and Network Security/Compliance: Why Should YOU care?” we glanced over the topic of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – lovingly referred to by those in the healthcare business as HIPAA...

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