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HIPAA Compliance: Not on These Dentists’ Radar

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Recently I attended a healthcare networking event and met a dental practice management consultant. After exchanging some opening pleasantries, we started an engaging conversation regarding HIPAA compliance for dental practices. With more offices turning to the use of electronic health records and mobile devices, I wanted to hear his thoughts on the state of HIPAA compliance efforts by smaller practices.

Stolen Laptops Lead to Important HIPAA Settlements

Stolen Laptops Lead to Important HIPAA Settlements

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Two entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.

HIPAA Security Audits to Ramp Up in Fall 2014

by Bevon Findley (SU)
I have been preaching for a while now that it would only be a matter of time before stepped-up enforcement by the government for the HIPAA Security Rule would begin. Well, it appears that time may be coming this fall. In a recent article in Health IT Security, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) indicated that final plans for implementing these new audits were being made.

56% of Employees Still Receive No Security Awareness Training

by Bevon Findley (SU)
With all the recent and notable attention to data breaches, on-line security, and preventative measures, the fact that more than half the employees surveyed did not receive security awareness training is cause for concern. When it comes to HIPAA Security Rule requirements, security awareness training is mandated.

PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY STARTS WITH A SHREDDER

by Bevon Findley (SU)
According to the Department of Justice, over 11.5 million people have their identities stolen each year. In 2013, the total financial loss amounted to over $21 billion. So how can people and companies protect their identity?