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Lack of Business Associate Agreement Leads to $31K HIPAA Fine

By Admin April 27, 2017 An Illinois pediatric health chain paid a $31,000 HIPAA breach penalty this month after the company it hired to store and manage old paper medical records instead dumped them into an unlocked trash bin at an office park. Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) – which operates seven clinics across [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

New Guidelines: End Frequent Password Changes

By Admin  April 24, 2017 The agency that develops information security standards for the U.S. federal government is recommending significant changes to password guidelines, essentially reversing some long-held best practices. Changes to the Digital Identity Guidelines are managed by officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a division of the U.S. Department [...]

Stolen Laptop Leads to $2.5 Million HIPAA Breach Penalty

By Admin  April 27, 2017 The theft of a laptop computer containing information of nearly 1,400 patients was among two HIPAA breaches that led a Pennsylvania provider of remote heart monitoring to pay $2.5 million, federal authorities said this week. Malvern-based CardioNet, Inc., essentially had no process at all for securely managing electronic protected health [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Workers Are Playing It Fast and Loose with Sensitive Data

By Pedro Hernandez | Posted April 20, 2017 Dell recently commissioned Dimensional Research to look into the data security habits of over 2,600 professionals in eight countries, including the United States and Canada. Although participants worked for organizations with 250 employees or more – squarely in the 'midsized' part of the small and midsized business (SMB) category [...]

HHS Releases Healthcare Ransomware, HIPAA Guidance

In light of recent healthcare ransomware attacks, HHS created a fact sheet to help covered entities keep ePHI secure and follow HIPAA regulations. Conducting a risk analysis, regular user training, and maintaining an overall contingency plan are just a few of the recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its recent [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Healthcare, Security & Compliance|

Why are Virtual CIO Services Important?

Virtual CIO Services are valuable to small and medium sized business (SMB) owners and managers for the following reasons: 1. To maximize return on investment (ROI) in IT systems, business entities must align IT Strategic Plans and Goals with the overall Strategic Plans and Goals of the organization. Failure to achieve a proper alignment will [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Small & Mid-Size Business|

Understanding High-Speed Small Business Networking Solutions

Network performance can be a challenging area for many small businesses. A slow network with insufficient bandwidth impedes production, delays receiving important files, and causes problems transmitting data to customers—not to mention security flaps and data loss. Small business networking solutions offer many different grades of service and speeds, but which one is right for [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Small & Mid-Size Business|

Ransomware and the $99K SMB Shakedown

Quick question: How does parting with nearly a hundred grand because of lax PC security sound to you? According to new research from Kaspersky Lab, small business owners can now add the high cost of a ransomware attack to the litany of reasons why they should protect themselves against this particularly nasty form of malware. [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance, Small & Mid-Size Business|

Three Rules for Dentists Going Chartless or Paperless

There are many great reasons for dental offices to transition from paper charts to digital charts, though change in any capacity always takes work. Rest assured, this change will be well worth your efforts, and those of your staff. Your investment of time and money will not be wasted, and for years to come you’ll [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Healthcare|

Do your dental patients witness you violating HIPAA?

HIPAA has been around for 20 years now, yet many dental practices have barely started their HIPAA compliance journey. Despite two decades of regulation, I see multiple violations before even passing the front desk in many offices. As a HIPAA Risk Assessor, I’m trained to look for these things. But have you considered how many [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Healthcare|