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Addressing HIPAA and Cybersecurity for Hospitals and Health Systems

Managing HIPAA compliance can be a messy, complex process; especially for hospitals and health systems managing compliance for hundreds of individual clinics and practices. It can be difficult to track, maintain and report on risk management and cybersecurity efforts. Many organizations are using time-consuming manual processes such as spreadsheets and emails for compliance, which can require a significant investment of time,…

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The Simplest Way to Manage Your Business Associate Agreements

Importance of a Business Associate Agreement The Privacy Rule under HIPAA requires the safeguarding of protected health information (PHI) and applies to all covered entities (CE) – healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses. Most providers do not carry out ALL their necessary healthcare functions. Billing, medical software, and electronic…

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Finding Confidence in Your HIPAA Security, Privacy and Breach Compliance

HIPAA compliance can be difficult to approach on your own. Healthcare providers and their business associates are required to perform an annual HIPAA Security Risk Assessment (SRA) to ensure that proper physical, administrative, and technical controls are in place to protect health information. By performing a security risk assessment, not…

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Implementing cybersecurity measures BEFORE you experience a breach

A cybersecurity nightmare “IT just informed us that our main software platform has been hacked.” A statement no CISO wants to hear. Do you have a plan for what to do next? Are you prepared to handle this? How will you recover servers and client data? As an organization, are…

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Remote Cybersecurity: Best Practices

Remote work is here to stay  Many of us have been working remote for over a year now. The pandemic hit in March of last year and virtually all industries had to adapt. The transition was sudden at the time, and IT and security personnel quickly had to organize their workforce to successfully work remotely. Work from Home (WFH) is no longer a temporary solution…

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Being HIPAA Compliant in a Changing World of Healthcare

A Changing World of Health Care The health care and HIPAA landscape have changed dramatically since the beginning of 2020. Reliance on telehealth and telecommuting has put practices at further risk for security breaches. Cyber Threats (Ransomware, Email Phishing, etc.) are increasing and becoming more successful. These are just a…

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Elevating Your Privacy Compliance

Many invest in security because they understand and appreciate the benefits that result beyond HIPAA compliance, such as keeping your information systems safe from hacking and ransomware attacks. In a similar sense, there are many benefits from Privacy compliance that can affect organizations’ revenue, employee effectiveness, patient retention and more.…

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The History of HITECH/HIPAA: Everything You Need to Know

The Establishment of HIPAA The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA, was established on August 21, 1996. HIPAA was created to promote the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage. Consequently, it has affected the way healthcare organizations handle all facets of information management, including reimbursement,…

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