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HIPAA Tip Tuesday

HIPAA and IT Asset Inventories

The HIPAA Security Rule requires Covered Entities and Business Associates to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all ...

HIPAA SECURITY OFFICER

Included in the HIPAA Security Rule under Administrative Safeguards is the following requirement: Security Personnel. A Covered Entity and Business Associate must designate a security official who is responsible for developing and implementing its security policies and procedures. Be certain ...

HIPAA Humor

Think about how you would feel if you were in your doctor’s office and something was said to you about your medical information in front of another patient. What if you contacted your doctor to have them send your medical ...

Pay Attention to the Age of your Equipment!

Do you know how old the servers are in your organization? Are they out of warranty? How about wireless access points, switches, firewalls, workstations and laptops? Many of these devices require firmware upgrades or replacement in order for them to ...

TAKE INVENTORY!

Document all servers, computers, laptops, tablets, diagnostic machines, network devices, portables and mobile devices that store electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) or sensitive data, for all offices/locations. Taking the time to know what you have makes it easier to know ...

OCR Guidance for Health Care Providers to Contact Former COVID-19 Patients About Blood and Plasma Donation Opportunities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on how the HIPAA Privacy Rule permits health care providers to contact their patients who have recovered from COVID-19, to inform them ...

DISABLING REMOTE CONNECTIONS

As your organizations begin to reopen and get back to the new “normal” be diligent with who has remote access to the office and operating systems containing electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). While it may have been imperative to set ...

HIPAA REMINDERS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

The following may sound silly to you, even seem insulting given that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, was signed into law in 1996. Unfortunately, every time another HIPAA breach occurs and another Covered Entity or Business ...

TABLETOP DISASTER RECOVERY/BUSINESS CONTINUITY TESTS

A tabletop test is a meeting to review and discuss a simulated emergency situation and concrete plans to manage the fine details of the occurrence, and aftermath of a natural or human-made disaster. Tabletop testing gives insights into how well ...

HEALTHCARE CYBERSECURITY

It has become increasingly clear that cybersecurity is a risk factor in healthcare data. Chronic under-investment in cybersecurity has left so many exposed that they are unable to even detect cyberattacks when they occur. While attackers may compromise an organization ...

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