Tag Archives | HIPAA privacy

It’s Encryption, Stupid

With all this talk about HIPAA privacy, security and data breach compliance one move could prevent a lot of employee headaches; Encryption.  Encrypting computers, networks and mobile devices is a big step towards compliance bliss (if that exists). Leon Rodriguez, director of OCR has said “Encryption is an easy method for making lost information unusable, […]

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Business Associates: Welcome to a whole new HIPAA world

The new HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule world is here! But how does it effect both Covered Entities and Business Associates?  For CE’s it’s an easy adjustment, or at least it should be if they are paying attention, but for BA’s it’s a new game.  One of the biggest industries to be effected by the new […]

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Photocopier HIPAA Data Breach leads to $1.2 million HIPAA fine

A high profile HIPAA data breach at Affinity Health Plan caused by PHI on a discarded photocopier has resulted in a 1.2 million fine by Health and Human Services.  A discarded photocopier, you read that right.  It didn’t help that the CBS Evening News bought the used photocopier and was able to retrieve PHI. “OCR […]

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Lost X-ray film leads to 17k patient HIPAA Breach

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… all good things, except when they are patient medical files.  This has to be one of the more “interesting” HIPAA breaches I’ve seen in the last few years.  A clinic in Raleigh handed over old X-ray films to a 3rd party vendor in order to get the film converted into a digital […]

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Using Digital Forensics to Reduce Risks after a Healthcare Data Breach

The digital forensics that follow a healthcare data breach can be an important but sometimes a boring discussion topic.  It is one of those things that your health organization will outsource, a third party analysis is very important, so the organization often doesn’t have much direct influence or participation in the actual analysis of breached […]

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Healthcare Data Breach hits University of Mississippi Medical Center

Data Breach Watch has written extensively about the problems and risk associated with a university data breaches and the recent healthcare breach at U. of Miss Medical Center drives home the point.  Affecting patients who visited the hospital between 2008 and 2013, the university healthcare system informed an “unknown” number of patients that their medical […]

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Statistics from the PHI Protection Forum

The Patient Privacy Network just wrapped up its  PHI Protection Forum in Boston – Larry Clinton of the Internet Security Alliance spoke at the event.  He spoke at length about the threats to HIPAA privacy and security within individual organization and brought out some interesting stats on the issue. Larry noted: Most executives in the […]

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A Conversation with a HIPAA Lawyer

Last week I had a very interesting conversation with a prominent HIPAA lawyer.  He works for a large consulting company which starts with K and ends with G, but I’ll leave it at that.  He combines the best of both worlds, consultant and lawyer – Opinions, Opinions, Opinions! The conversation started on privacy incident risk […]

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The Value of Protected Health Information for HIPAA Privacy

How much is your information worth?  How much is your SSN worth?  How much is your medical ID number worth?  These are the type of questions the PHI Protection Network is helping organizations answer because if you don’t know the value of your assets, how can you make the proper investment to protect them.  Computers, […]

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It’s finally here! HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Whitepaper

After years of waiting, last month HHS released the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule.  It has since be written about by several publications and been covered by some great webinars.  Earlier today ID Experts released its highly anticipated whitepaper on the subject.   The HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Whitepaper: HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Whitepaper:  An Analysis […]

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