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HIPAA & Email

Is it possible to email patients in a HIPAA compliant manner? What can and cannot be included in an email to patients? What does HIPAA have to say about it? These questions have long been on the minds of providers as they attempt to navigate towards greater messaging options without opening themselves up to breaches, penalties or …

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HIPAA Rules

In 1996, the American government recognized the need for those in healthcare fields to treat patient records as sensitive documents, not to be seen by any but authorized professionals. Because of patients’ need for privacy and security, only those with the need to know the details of a patients’ health information are allowed to view …

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HIPAA & Texting

In recent years, a great number of medical practices have embraced text messaging as a popular means for communicating to both patients and their internal staff members. Despite the convenience and time saving benefits, healthcare providers and staff must be aware of potential consequences when texting Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). Text messaging includes any …

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HIPAA Compliance

With the ever-changing government rules regarding HIPAA compliance, the process of becoming HIPAA compliant can seem daunting, confusing, and time-consuming. Many regulations that were in place at the time of your analysis last year may now be outdated or changed. However, as you know, it’s vital to adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements to avoid the …

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What You Need to Know about the Newly Updated HHS Breach Tool

As part of their commitment to providing greater transparency to consumers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently launched their revised web tool designed to highlight important breach information. The HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT) now includes enhanced navigation and gives the general public a deeper look …

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HIPAA Safeguards

The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services regulates the maintenance and fulfillment of following these codes, which includes the HIPAA Security Rule. With the ever-advancing of technology and methods of spreading information, having the appropriate safeguards in place to make sure electronically protected health information remains safe and secure must be a top priority. The …

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Your HITRUST Certified Practitioner

What is HITRUST? For those of you scratching your head, HITRUST is a private organization of providers (hospitals, physician practices, etc) and payers (insurance companies) that created a certifiable framework for healthcare technology security, the HITRUST Common Security Framework or CSF. Additionally, HITRUST has championed programs focused on safeguarding health information and managing information risk …

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PCI vs. HIPAA Compliance

A common question among covered entities that we encounter time and time again is, “What is the difference between PCI and HIPAA Compliance?” This question becomes even more frequent when news breaks of breaches in businesses that are PCI-compliant and HIPAA covered entities. According to a recent Identity Theft Resource Center data breach report for 2013, there …

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