Telehealth and COVID-19, Protecting ePHI
The traditional means of patients seeking treatment (in-person) has been disrupted and has accelerated the need for hospitals and clinics to adopt telehealth technologies. As organizations adopt these new technologies, precautions and appropriate safeguards should be taken to ensure ePHI stays secure.
Business Associate Agreements (BAA) and Microsoft Office 365
Health and Human Services defines a Business Associate as, “any entity or person that is not directly employed by a provider, but who works with and on behalf of the provider and has access of the PHI of the provider’s patients.” Examples of Business Associates include: Accountants Attorneys Billing companies Coders Collection companies and their …
Staying Alert: Coronavirus-themed phishing emails on the rise
COVID-19 phishing emails: The second virus you didn’t see coming As the Coronavirus spreads around the world, much of the workforce has been invited to work remotely for the next few weeks. It is important to uphold current security measures as well as implement new security measures to ensure the safety of your organization. Cyber …
Coronavirus and HIPAA Compliance
During a public health emergency, it can be confusing to know what information can be shared about individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and those suspected of exposure. To help organizations navigate the complexities of sharing information, we want to walk through what disclosures are permitted. Before we jump in, it is important to note that …
Security and contingency planning in the shadow of COVID-19
We’ve received several inquiries from our colleagues in the health care industry related to the increased prevalence of remote work and contingency operations. Given these uncertain times, we wanted to share a few thoughts that might help as we proceed into some new and uncomfortable realities.
HIPAA Resources for COVID-19
With the recent Coronavirus outbreak, many healthcare professionals and business associates have questions about staying HIPAA compliant during a public health emergency. It can be confusing to know what information to trust. We have complied a list below of trusted sources for COVID-19 updates and HIPAA. COVID-19 Resources: CDC.gov/coronavirus WHO.int/emergencies/diseases HIPAA and COVID-19 Resources: 2019 …
Leveraging HIPAA to achieve success in 2020
We want to discuss a few things you can to do to alleviate end-of-year stress and ensure your organization is taking preventative measures year-round to avoid breaches.
Lessons learned from a $65,000 HIPAA fine
There are several lessons to be learned from the OCR announcement stating that West Georgia Ambulance has agreed to pay a settlement of $65,000.
The Present (and Future) of Healthcare IT Security
It has been another busy year for Healthcare IT. Between acquisitions, changes in regulations, and IoT, there has been a lot of progress. However, there is one trend we aren’t so proud of and that is the number of breaches that have happened in 2019. If you made it to December without an IT incident, …
Happy Holidays from HIPAA One
Dear Friends, In this season of celebration, on behalf of HIPAA One, I want to wish you a happy holiday and thank you for being part of the HIPAA One community. We are devoted to service and value the opportunity to work together in supporting your organization’s compliance and cybersecurity needs. In 2019, we were …
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