Is Twilio HIPAA Compliant?

Twilio is a popular direct marketing tool that allows users to send text messages and emails, automate phone calls, and build videos. But as a healthcare organization, you must consider a software provider’s HIPAA compliance before using the tool. Is Twilio HIPAA compliant? The answer is discussed below. Is Twilio HIPAA Compliant: Security Measures To determine whether or not a software platform is HIPAA compliant, it is important [...]

2020-11-19T13:26:56-05:00November 27th, 2020|

3 Healthcare PHI Breaches Announced in One Day

So far in November, the HHS OCR has posted four healthcare breaches on their breach portal, three of which were reported on the same day. These three healthcare PHI breaches are discussed below. Healthcare PHI Breaches: People Incorporated Breach Affected 27,500 Patients People Incorporated offers mental health services to patients across Minnesota. On November 6, People Incorporated reported that they had experienced an email breach affecting 27,500 patients. [...]

2020-11-19T13:26:58-05:00November 25th, 2020|

HIPAA Compliance Management: How to Manage Your HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA consists of a complex set of rules and regulations that healthcare organizations have an obligation to adhere to. So how can you manage your HIPAA compliance in a simplified manner? To provide guidance, HIPAA compliance management is discussed. HIPAA Compliance Management and HIPAA Software Although you can manage your HIPAA compliance on your own, it is likely that by doing so, you will fail to address one [...]

2020-11-19T13:26:58-05:00November 24th, 2020|

Is Infusionsoft HIPAA Compliant?

Infusionsoft is a CRM that offers clients sales and marketing capabilities. But as a healthcare organization, you must ensure that the tools you use are HIPAA compliant. Is Infusionsoft HIPAA compliant? The answer is discussed below. Is Infusionsoft HIPAA Compliant: Security Measures An important aspect of determining whether or not a software provider is HIPAA compliant are their security measures. Healthcare organizations [...]

2020-11-19T13:26:59-05:00November 23rd, 2020|

12th Fine Issued Under the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

The HIPAA Right of Access Initiative has claimed another victim. In September 2019, the HHS’ OCR announced that it would be prioritizing enforcement efforts surrounding the HIPAA Right of Access. Since this announcement, the OCR has issued twelve right of access fines, several of them over the past few months. The latest fine is discussed below. HIPAA Right of Access Initiative Fines University of Cincinnati Medical Center In [...]

2020-11-20T11:41:45-05:00November 20th, 2020|

Telehealth Waiver Beyond the Pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the need for telehealth services led the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily ease restrictions surrounding its use. However, at some point the emergency telehealth waiver will expire.  What Was the Purpose of the Telehealth Waiver The HHS passed the emergency telehealth waiver in an effort to increase access to telehealth, and allow providers to [...]

2020-11-19T13:26:59-05:00November 19th, 2020|

Business Associate Breach Affects 829,454 Patients

Luxottica, a business associate that owns popular eye care clinic chains including Target Optical, EyeMed, and LensCrafters, fell victim to a breach that affected 829,454 patients. More details on the business associate breach are discussed below. Business Associate Breach: What Happened? On August 5, Luxottica’s appointment scheduling app had been hacked, although they did not discover the hack until a few days later. Upon discovering the hack, Luxottica [...]

2020-11-18T10:41:32-05:00November 18th, 2020|

Is HubSpot HIPAA Compliant?

HubSpot is a popular customer relations management (CRM) platform that offers customers several services including sales and marketing. But is HubSpot HIPAA compliant? Below we examine if HubSpot is a HIPAA compliant solution. HubSpot HIPAA Compliance and Business Associate Agreements Usually when looking at a software provider’s HIPAA compliance, we examine the security measures that they have in place to secure protected health information (PHI). But instead of [...]

2020-11-18T10:41:32-05:00November 17th, 2020|

2.08 Million Patients Affected by October Healthcare Breaches

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) publicly displays breaches affecting 500 or more patients on their breach portal. In October, there were 59 breaches reported, affecting 2,088,686 patients. More details about the October healthcare breaches are discussed. October Healthcare Breaches: What Type of Entity Was Affected The majority of October healthcare breaches affected healthcare providers, [...]

2020-11-18T10:39:21-05:00November 16th, 2020|

OCR Right of Access Fine Announcement

The HHS’ OCR continues to step up its enforcement surrounding the HIPAA right of access, announcing its eleventh right of access fine this year. More details on the OCR right of access fine are discussed below.  Dr. Rajendra Bhayani Hit with Latest OCR Right of Access Fine Dr. Rajendra Bhayani, an otolaryngologist that runs a private practice in Rego Park, NY, has agreed to pay a [...]

2020-11-16T09:02:28-05:00November 13th, 2020|
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