OnPage – Privacy & Security: HIPAA Compliance

OnPage - HIPAA Messaging Compliance

Best Practices For HIPAA Compliance & HIPAA Privacy Article Courtesy of:  Forbes Industries such as healthcare and financial services are special targets for data breaches and cyber criminals because, as bank robber Willie Sutton said, “that’s where the money is.” Every week, we read another story about cybersecurity breaches. The growing use of social media intensifies this risk, as users consider themselves part of a “tribe” and naively click on links from their “friends” and introduce malware into the organization. Or they inadvertently share personal information about patients or clients. Cybercriminals use also personal information shared on social media to trick users into giving up passwords, hacking accounts and worse. What can firms entrusted with client information do to protect client data as well as their own reputations?  As the discussion about privacy and security intensifies globally, I recently learned that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was […] Read more »

Privacy & Security Breaches

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In the healthcare industry, a patient’s privacy and security are held to the highest standard. Healthcare professionals and organizations must adhere to many rules & guidelines including the HIPAA Security Role, HITECH act and the Joint Commission.  Breaching these deep regulations can result in expensive fines and lack of patient confidentiality. Nevertheless, these breaches do occur more frequently than to be expected. One way these occur is due to nosy employees. In October of this year, Allina Health system in Minnesota notified more than 3,800 patients that one of its medical assistants had accessed their PHI improperly for more than three years. In this time frame she had accessed, patient’s names, DOB’s, clinical data, health insurance information and partial Social Security Numbers. They were able to seek out who was responsible for these breaches by following the audit trail of that patient’s record. Another way in which privacy & security breaches occur is due […] Read more »