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Holistic HIPAA Security

As the new year has drawn to a close, Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Civil Rights, has been on the speaking circuit.  Revealing the office’s focus for 2013 he has spoken at length about how the OCR, and it’s enforcement of HIPAA and HITECH, views security as a holistic approach.  John Halamka, Healthcare […]

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2012 Lessons Learned = Compliance

As we look back on the data breaches of 2012 we begin to see a familiar pattern, the lack of compliance.  Being compliant won’t stop all data breaches but it is a logical start.  Smart Data Collective has a great wrap up of the largest breaches of 2012 and where they lacked compliance. Here’s a […]

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Seattle Children’s Data Breach Response Program

Recently Cris Ewell, PhD, CISO of Seattle’s Children’s Hospital, discussed his organizations data breach response plan in a webinar with ID Experts.  During the webinar he went over his organizations experience and models for managing a data breach starting with the idea of when and not how.  That data breaches were bound to happen and […]

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All Things Data Breach Launched

LinkedIn groups have become important places for professionals to meet, network and interact online.  All Things HITECH was launched over a year ago and has had great success, amassing over 850 members.  But All Things HITECH is focused on healthcare data breaches.  In a push to be focus more broadly and be more inclusive to […]

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You Are Your Own Worst Security

Social engineering has been around for a while and has been apart of some of the most well known data breaches in the history of the internet.  Kevin Mitnick’s social engineering is now a source of internet legend and Defcon now has a contest dedicated to it.  If you haven’t ever read about their exploits […]

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Creating a Culture of HIPAA Privacy and Security

Meredith Phillips knows her away around HIPAA/HITECH privacy and security.  As Chief Privacy Officer of Henry Ford Health Systems she has been in the trenches of data breach response.  After having a rough experience going it alone, Mrs. Phillips decided to turn to expert help.  When it was all said in done, Meredith created a […]

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Incident Response Planning – Finally Catching On?

Has the threat of an OCR audit finally made the healthcare industry turn the corner when it comes to patient privacy and security?  It may seem that way as we see a new focus on the importance of Risk Assessments and Incident Response Planning. “Lately we have seen a strong uptick in requests for incident […]

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Healthcare Data Breach leads to $1.5 million fine

The HHS fine-hammer has come down on another organization.  This time the target was The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, relating to a healthcare data breach they had earlier this year effecting 3,621 records.  After reading the HHS release on the fine and data breach, you can start to see the pattern that is emerging […]

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Data Breach Tips for the Small Business

Small Businesses are especially vulnerable to data breaches as they usually house lots of data but lack the proper resources to protect and maintain that data.  A large data breach can bring a SMB to it’s knees… just ask the recently bankrupt Impairment Resources. Being protected, through routine risk analysis, being informed, through data audits […]

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HIPAA Compliance: Nature versus Nurture

When it comes to preventing a healthcare data breach, what is more important, technology or compliance?  This is a conversation that has been debated in HIPAA compliance circles for quite awhile now and where you fall in the argument seems to have a lot to do with the title before your name.  Of course compliance […]

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