Improper Disposal of Medical Records Leads to Breach

HealthReach Community Health Centers announced that a breach occurred as the result of improper disposal of medical records. More details are discussed below. How Did the Breach Occur? HealthReach Community Health Centers released a statement regarding a breach that occurred due to the improper disposal of medical records. The healthcare provider contracted a third-party data destruction company (considered a business associate under [...]

2021-09-23T17:00:17-04:00September 23rd, 2021|

7 Healthcare Cybersecurity Facts You Need to Know

Cybersecurity should be at the forefront of any business’ mind, and this is especially true when it comes to healthcare organizations. Healthcare organizations have become the primary target for hackers due to the wealth of information they hold on patients. Read the healthcare cybersecurity facts you need to know below. Healthcare Cybersecurity Facts Human error causes the majority of breaches Implementing an [...]

2021-09-23T17:00:18-04:00September 21st, 2021|

Is Adobe Cloud HIPAA Compliant?

Adobe Cloud consists of several products including Adobe Document Cloud, Adobe Experience Cloud, and Adobe Creative Cloud. Many of these products are used by businesses to perform administrative tasks that help them to effectively run their businesses, but as a healthcare organization, you must consider HIPAA. Is Adobe Cloud HIPAA compliant?  Is Adobe Document Cloud HIPAA Compliant? Adobe Document Cloud is made [...]

2021-09-17T16:57:49-04:00September 17th, 2021|

5.1 Million Patients Affected August 2021 Healthcare Breaches

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) publicly posts breaches affecting 500 or more patients to their online breach portal, known as the “HIPAA Wall of Shame.” In August 2021, there were 38 breaches posted on the portal, affecting 5,120,289 patients. August 2021 healthcare breaches predominantly consisted of hacking incidents affecting healthcare providers, with 4,656,453 patients affected by hacking incidents [...]

2021-09-14T13:13:16-04:00September 14th, 2021|

OCR HIPAA Investigation Leads to 20th Right of Access Fine

On September 10, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the issuance of another right of access fine. The OCR HIPAA investigation led to the twentieth right of access fine issued since the 2019 right of access enforcement initiative was announced. Children's Hospital & Medical Center OCR HIPAA Investigation In May 2020, the OCR received [...]

2021-09-14T13:13:17-04:00September 10th, 2021|

What is Personal Information Under PIPEDA?

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) regulates the data privacy of Canadian citizens, known as “personal information.” But, what is personal information under PIPEDA? Personal Information Under PIPEDA PIPEDA classifies “personal information” as any factual or subjective information, about or relating to an identifiable individual. Subjective information may include opinions or beliefs , even if the information is not [...]

2021-09-08T16:13:16-04:00September 8th, 2021|

New Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Reported

As hackers become more sophisticated, it is important to keep up to date with new threats. There are two new threats that are concerning in that they are difficult to recognize and detect. One of these threats is a very convincing phishing scam, while the other is a malicious encryption scheme that evades ransomware detection software. Although these are not necessarily healthcare cybersecurity threats, they target businesses across [...]

2021-09-03T16:37:26-04:00September 3rd, 2021|

Why You Need Dental IT Support

Dental office administrative staff are often overburdened with a multitude of tasks, especially as of late with staffing shortages across the country. These staff members are often required to wear many hats and are therefore more likely to fall victim to burnout. With their focus divided across several tasks, it is difficult to fully address the security needs of the modern dental practice. This is where dental IT [...]

2021-09-01T12:29:20-04:00September 1st, 2021|

What is a HIPAA Compliant Help Desk?

Help desks are an important part of running any business, but as a business working in healthcare it is important to keep HIPAA in mind when selecting which help desk software is right for your business. Whenever patient information is filtered through a software platform, that platform must be HIPAA compliant. So how do you choose a HIPAA compliant help desk? HIPAA [...]

2021-09-03T08:58:08-04:00August 27th, 2021|

What Are PIPEDA Training Requirements?

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), regulates any private sector business that does business in Canada that can gather, use, and disclose personal data of Canadian citizens. Businesses that are subject to PIPEDA must meet certain requirements to comply with the law. Part of PIPEDA compliance requires businesses to train employees, but what are PIPEDA training requirements? PIPEDA Training Requirements PIPEDA dictates that an organization’s [...]

2021-08-25T17:09:05-04:00August 25th, 2021|