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HIPAA Violations You May Not Have Thought of and How to Prevent Them

March 6, 2019

While the news is full of high-profile HIPAA breach cases and assessments of multi-million-dollar fines, smaller practices are not immune. They often succumb to the same types of error and bad judgment that affect larger providers. Fortunately, by following a few sensible guidelines, even smaller practices can safeguard themselves against the improper disclosure of protected health information (PHI) that leads to a HIPAA breach.

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Filed under: Privacy & HIPAA, Article, Practice Manager, Public Relations & Communication

Prevent Employee Error from Causing a HIPAA Data Breach

January 1, 2019

“The Healthcare vertical is rife with Error and Misuse. In fact, it is the only industry vertical that has more internal actors behind breaches than external.”1

Even with this grim realization, there is some good news for healthcare practices. Because more than half of healthcare data breaches are caused by inadvertent actions of employees, there is an opportunity for practices to greatly reduce their risk of attack with employee training and awareness that builds a pervasive “culture of security.”

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Filed under: Digital Health, Privacy & HIPAA, Cybersecurity, Special Report, Practice Manager, Information Security

71% of Cybersecurity Incidents in Healthcare Involve Employee Actions

July 30, 2018

“The Healthcare vertical is rife with Error and Misuse. In fact, it is the only industry vertical that has more internal actors behind breaches than external.”1

While large and costly data breaches perpetrated by criminal hackers (such as the Equifax breach in 2017) make for splashy headlines, data breaches in healthcare caused by employee error and misuse are far more common.

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Filed under: Digital Health, Privacy & HIPAA, Cybersecurity, Article, Practice Manager, Information Security

Best Practices for Preventing HIPAA Data Breaches by Criminal Hackers

June 14, 2018

A review of the data on the OCR Breach Portal indicates that only about 20 percent of healthcare data breaches through 2017 are the result of hacking, but they involve large numbers of records.1 Unfortunately, the healthcare industry also has more data breaches than any other industry.2 There are various reasons for this. We describe some of those here and offer recommendations for preventing HIPAA data breaches caused by criminal hackers.

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Filed under: Digital Health, Privacy & HIPAA, Cybersecurity, Best Practices, Practice Manager, Information Security

Unsecured PHI on a Lost Flash Drive Results in a HIPAA Data Breach

June 14, 2018

A data breach doesn’t need to be criminal or intentional to be reportable. When a storage device is small, it is sometimes difficult to determine whether the device was lost, misplaced or stolen. However, even if a flash drive is presumably lost, a breach analysis must still be conducted and potentially affected patients must be notified if there is a probability of data compromise.

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Filed under: Digital Health, Privacy & HIPAA, Cybersecurity, Case Study, Practice Manager, Information Security
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