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California Moves to Close Gaps in Data Breach Notification Law

The proposed legislation would close a loophole in the state’s existing data breach notification law, requiring breached organizations to report compromised biometrics and passports. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assembly member Marc Levine are seeking to strengthen the state’s data breach notification law, which aims to close a loophole and expand requirements to include compromised biometrics [...]

By |2019-04-23T01:23:14+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Is Your IT Provider An Asset Or A Liability To Your Practice?

By Ron Vesely, Arevtech president and founder Dental practices of all sizes are increasingly using Managed IT Service Providers (MSPs) to help lower costs, increase efficiencies, and ensure compliance of IT systems with regulatory requirements. While MSPs have been around for years, the services they provide can differ greatly. When evaluating your current technology [...]

By |2019-04-23T01:20:19+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Make Your IT Expenses Predictable

Many practices lack the means to plan and budget IT expenses and future equipment needs. The dental industry continues to face stagnant growth. The 2017 Dental Economics–Levin Group Annual Practice Survey cites reasons for this, including the expansion of DSOs, declining insurance provider reimbursements, and the increasing number of dentists coming out of dental schools―all [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:01:54+00:00April 1st, 2019|Healthcare, Latest News|

Waiting for Your Outdated Technology to Break Before You Replace It?

Don’t ignore the risks of an outdated IT infrastructure. A State of Work Report by Samanage in 2016 found that businesses lose over $13,000 per year, per employee, on unproductive tasks, many, due to outdated technology. Inthis same study, 36.8% of working adults reported their company’s technology wasoutdated. It’s easy to understand why many medical, [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:03:43+00:00April 1st, 2019|Healthcare, Latest News|

Software Patching integral to PHI Data Security

Healthcare organizations and vendors are responsible for identifying and mitigating the risks unpatched software poses to ePHI as part of their HIPAA compliance, OCR advised in its June Cybersecurity Newsletter. By Fred Donovan Healthcare organizations and vendors are responsible for identifying and mitigating the risks unpatched software poses to ePHI as part of their HIPAA [...]

Think it can’t happen to you — Think again

DENTAL RECEPTIONIST GETS PRISON TERM FOR IDENTITY THEFT, LARCENY Annie Vuong, a former receptionist at a New York-based dental office, was given 2-6 years in state prison for stealing personal identifying information, such as names, dates of birth, addresses, and Social Security numbers, from more than 650 patients, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance announced [...]

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries In their 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report, IBM and the Ponemon Institute found that healthcare data breach costs average $408 per record, the highest of any industry for the eighth straight year. By Fred Donovan Health IT Security In their 2018 Cost of a Data [...]

By |2018-08-02T01:18:34+00:00August 1st, 2018|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

7 Steps for getting right with NIST 800-171

The deadline for defense contractors and subcontractors to implement the information security requirements listed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 has come and gone. There are more than 100 information security requirements in NIST 800-171, and it is a good bet that many smaller companies without ample IT [...]

HIPAA Security Rule Requires Physical Security of Equipment

While most HIPAA Security Rule violations involve electronic data breaches, healthcare providers and business associates could also face a violation for failing to physically secure computers and other equipment holding PHI. By Fred Donovan HealthIT Security While most HIPAA Security Rule violations involve electronic data breaches, healthcare providers and business associates could also face a [...]

By |2018-08-02T01:18:52+00:00August 1st, 2018|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Network Assessment – What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?

Network Assessment can be a word as broad as the sky, so sometimes when an IT expert suggests doing a network assessment for your business, you may be thinking of your Internet speed and number of devices, while your expert is talking about infrastructure and power. The good news is that you are both right: [...]