Healthcare News & Insights

HIPAA: It’s not as black and white as you first thought

It was a feat in and of itself to become HIPAA compliant. Staying compliant is a whole other ball of wax. In this guest post, Gene Fry, VP of technology and compliance officer at a developer and provider of HIPAA compliant document workflow and collaboration tools, identifies areas of HIPAA hospitals have to pay special attention to.

OCR warns hospitals of new fraudulent email scheme

Hospitals may be gearing themselves up for potential HIPAA audits in the coming months. If you receive a message about being selected for an audit, be careful: The feds are warning of a scheme where scammers are trying to trick recipients into thinking they’re receiving official email communications from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). 

Text messaging & HIPAA: Is your hospital secure?

Following HIPAA laws to the letter is of utmost importance to hospitals. Patients’ protected health information (PHI) must be kept secure from data breaches. But are healthcare professionals as committed to privacy efforts as they should be? Results from a new survey give insight into the current state of HIPAA enforcement in health care, particularly regarding text […] [MORE]

2 big HIPAA settlements show why hospitals must protect computers, PHI

Your hospital needs to make sure it’s taking HIPAA compliance seriously, especially regarding its computers and networks. Any breaches or security problems involving patients’ protected health information (PHI) can have significant consequences for facilities – including hefty fines from the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). 

Is your EHR contingency plan complete? Feds weigh in

For many hospitals, it’s essential to have an effective electronic health records (EHR) system. And it’s equally as important to have a plan in place if something happens to disrupt an EHR’s operations, whether it’s a natural disaster or a cyberattack. 

Recent settlements show cost of HIPAA violations

The feds are constantly on the lookout for HIPAA violations – and one high-profile case involving a reality show filmed at a hospital shows just how costly they can be for facilities. 

Understanding the HIPAA conduit exception rule

In January 2013, the “conduit exception” rule was defined as part of the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule, which set new requirements for business associates (BA). It continues, however, to cause confusion for hospitals that may be signing up providers who manage their protected health information (PHI), but aren’t fully HIPAA compliant. In this guest post, […] [MORE]

Report: Hospitals need better IT security protocol

Much has been said about putting appropriate network safeguards into place to prevent breaches of patients’ protected health information (PHI). According to a new report, not enough hospitals are following best IT security practices to manage employees’ access to this data. 

4 HIPAA compliance areas your BAs must check

It finally looks like the feds are starting up the next phase of HIPAA audits — but there’s still time to ensure your business associates (BAs) are staying compliant. 

Your next breach risk could be your email

The feds have released guidance to providers on how to protect patient data — but a recent breach shows why training staff may be the most crucial step.