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What You Need to Know About Email and HIPAA Compliance
Many of us use email so regularly that we can sometimes forget about the potential risks associated with it. When it comes to healthcare, there are 152 HIPAA breaches currently being investigated by the OCR that have cited email as the breach location. If you need to send health information to patients or other providers, how do you determine if email would be compliant with your organization’s HIPAA privacy and security requirements?
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Cybersecurity, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, OCR, ONC, NIST, FTC, Providers, HIPAA Covered Entities, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, Compliance, Cyberattacks, Health IT, Healthcare Employees, Training | View Count: (457)
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How Blockchain Can Enhance Healthcare Cybersecurity

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How Blockchain Can Enhance Healthcare Cybersecurity
When patients come to you for treatment or medical care, they expect that you will keep their information secure and protected. With an ever-changing cybersecurity environment, you always need to be on the lookout for new tools, like blockchain, that can help keep patients’ data secure at your organization. The important question is: Is blockchain capable of providing the security needed to protect patient health information?
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Health IT, HIPAA Privacy and Security, Cybersecurity | Tags: HHS, ONC, NIST, CDC, MIT Media Lab, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, Cyberattacks, Blockchain, Health IT, EHR, Healthcare Employees, Training, Healthcare Payers, Insurance Coverage, Audit | View Count: (555)
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Target Trouble Areas with HIPAA Training

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A little oversight can lead to a lot of trouble. Employees who aren’t prepared to securely handle patients’ protected health information (PHI) can accidentally cause breaches and leak tens to millions of private records. Why does this happen? In many cases, managers fail to train their staff in HIPAA compliance. HIPAA compliance training shouldn’t simply check the box and call it a day. Training must be ongoing, detailed, and tailored for each department. With regular training, managers can a...
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| Categories: HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HIPAA Tips, Privacy | View Count: (167)
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Make HIPAA Training Meaningful

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We all know that we must train our employees in HIPAA compliance, but this training is boring. How can we make the training interesting so that it is more effective? This initial training provides basic HIPAA principles—the building blocks for privacy and security. Training can be done by way of seminars, web-based, slide shows, etc.  Regardless of the method used, HIPAA requires staff to be trained soon after starting their job. Should this just be a one time training or should staff be traine...
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| Categories: HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HIPAA Tips, Privacy | View Count: (178)
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Telehealth, HIPAA, and Cybersecurity

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Telehealth, HIPAA, and Cybersecurity
Telehealth is an increasingly important tool for healthcare organizations to provide patients with more accessible and affordable care options. However, in the excitement of developing telehealth programs, organizations should not lose sight of privacy and security regulations that apply to these new services. After all, protected health information under HIPAA can include data that is transmitted during the provision of telehealth services.
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| Categories: AIHC Free CEU Articles, AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: CMS, NIST, Providers, ONC, Medicare and Medicaid, HIPAA, security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Healthcare Employees, Emergency Preparedness, Telehealth, Training, Health IT, Telemedicine, Continuing Education, FDA, EHR, Compliance Program, Corporate Compliance | View Count: (945)
HIPAA Compliance Challenges for Rural Healthcare Organizations
Rural healthcare providers play a vital role in keeping people healthy across the nation. After all, almost one in five people in the United States lives in a rural area. Being located in these areas, however, can often result in some unique challenges for rural healthcare organizations. Such issues can leave rural providers vulnerable to noncompliance, fraud, and everything in between.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Compliance, Health IT, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: DOJ, ONC, HRSA, Providers, Rural Providers, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Telehealth, Training, Healthcare Employees, Mobile Devices, Interoperability, Cost Reporting, False Claims Act | View Count: (605)
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Protecting Health Information When It Goes Mobile

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Protecting Health Information When It Goes Mobile
The world is constantly in motion, and many people want their access to information to follow suit. At your healthcare organization, do you use mobile devices to manage health information? What about cloud storage? Have you developed any mobile applications for patient use? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do you also stay up to date on relevant privacy and security regulations surrounding these tools?
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, OCR, US-CERT, NIST, ONC, Homeland Security, Providers, Outpatient, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Healthcare Employees, Mobile Devices, Training, Health IT, mHealth | View Count: (500)
How HIPAA Compliance Can Help Your Organization Prepare for a Disaster
What do a ransomware attack and a hurricane have in common? They can both disrupt the vital operations of a healthcare organization. HIPAA covered entities and healthcare providers should always have Emergency Preparedness Plans in place for natural disasters as well as man-made catastrophes like cyberattacks. In fact, the HIPAA Security Rule requires that covered entities have a contingency plan that can be implemented the moment it is needed.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security, Medicare and Medicaid, AIHC Free CEU Articles | Tags: HHS, CMS, OCR, ONC, Providers, Medicare and Medicaid, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Emergency Preparedness, Continuing Education | View Count: (853)
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Data Sharing and HIPAA Compliance

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Data Sharing and HIPAA Compliance
Interoperability is a hot topic of discussion right now as healthcare organizations across the country work to ease health information sharing for a more efficient healthcare system. Of course, personally identifiable health information is protected under regulations such as HIPAA. Therefore, while sharing health information is one of the goals of interoperability, it also depends on requirements like patient consent and authorization.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, OCR, ONC, Providers, HIPAA, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Interoperability | View Count: (387)
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Password Security – HIPAA Tip

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Password security is the bane of most healthcare organizations’ existence! Employees and providers groan every time they are required to change their passwords. Remembering complex passwords is also difficult, especially when you have multiple passwords to remember for all the programs and networks required to manage patient care. Writing passwords down and sharing passwords are common temptations to ease the pain of password management. However, not taking password security seriously is leavin...
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| Categories: HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HIPAA Tips, Security, Cybersecurity, HIPAA, Password | View Count: (5665)
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