Category Archives: HIPAA Security

Ransomware on the rise: Symantec tips on how to prevent getting infected.

“This operating system has been locked for security reasons.” Many online users are still being confronted with similar messages to this.Malware called ransomware is to blame. The scam works by using malware to disable the victims’ computers until they pay a ransom to restore access. Cybercriminals often use social engineering tricks, such as displaying phony…
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HIPAA-compliant Alternatives to the Fax Machine

It is hard to imagine medical office operations before the widespread adoption of fax machines in the 1980s. It may be almost as hard to imagine the current practice of medicine without the trusty fax machine, but it is time to try. In 2012, it just feels silly to spend time and money printing an…
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Stay Off the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ “Wall of Shame”

As of June 2015, there are 1258 cases listed on the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) “Wall of Shame.” These are breaches of unsecured health information affecting 500 or more individuals. The reports of these breaches of patient confidentiality are required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The most important thing…
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