Why Are Data Breaches In The Healthcare Industry So Common?

June 26, 2017  |  by ulisticadmin  |  Blog

By:Christine Fettinger There are constantly reports of healthcare organizations falling victim to hacking. In the last three years alone, 42.5% of all data breaches occurred in the healthcare industry, and a staggering 91% of all healthcare organizations have reported at least one data breach in the previous two years. Why is the theft of millions …

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Having Trouble Filling Your Cybersecurity Position? You’re Not Alone.

June 22, 2017  |  by ulisticadmin  |  Blog

  By:Christine Fettinger   The lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals is still on ongoing problem for many companies. For 55% of businesses, it takes over three months to fill a cybersecurity position and as many as a quarter of cybersecurity positions remain unfulfilled. Only 33% of open security positions get over 10 applicants, often with …

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Challenges Of Cybersecurity In Healthcare

June 21, 2017  |  by ulisticadmin  |  Blog

By: Christine Fettinger IT professionals in healthcare can face many unique challenges, below are the three biggest challenges of cybersecurity in healthcare. Cybersecurity in healthcare IT is more difficult than other sectors. It requires a lot of data sharing with a lot of different people, more so than in other sectors. It exists on more different …

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Your Healthcare Organization CAN Leverage Office 365 While Maintaining HIPAA Compliance!

June 19, 2017  |  by ulisticadmin  |  Blog

Looking To Take Advantage Of The Cloud? By:Christine Fettinger Way back in 1996, Bill Clinton signed into law a piece of legislation titled the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This law set national standards for the electronic transfer of patient records and other sensitive information to ensure that patients don’t have their privacy …

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What Business Associates Need To Know About HIPAA

June 19, 2017  |  by ulisticadmin  |  Blog

By:Christine Fettinger HIPAA audits have expanded and while Covered Entities may be able to oversee a BA to ensure HIPAA compliance, in reality, they often don’t have the time or resources, which is why Business Associates should autonomously assess and keep up to date on their HIPAA compliance. BAs must be proactive about this; no …

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The HIPAA Omnibus Rule

June 16, 2017  |  by ulisticadmin  |  Blog

The HIPAA omnibus rule, which went into effect September 23, 2013, features the most extensive changes to HIPAA since it was first implemented in 1996. Provisions for data privacy and security have been strengthened with changes primarily affecting covered entities and their business associates. The rule raises standards for patient data protection for both providers …

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Am I a Covered Entity?: A Guide to Determining if Organizations and Individuals are HIPAA Covered Entities

June 13, 2013  |  by robinp  |  Blog

Determining whether or not you are or are not a covered entity is relatively straight forward, but is a hugely important step in becoming HIPAA compliant. So just in case there is anyone out there in the health care industry who is not sure about their standing as a covered entity, HHS produced a handy …

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How To Create a HIPAA Compliant Business Associate Contract

May 28, 2013  |  by robinp  |  Blog, EMRSOAP Services, News

Under the HIPAA Omnibus rule, heath care providers have to be more careful than ever with how they handle protected information. This includes carefully managing any protected information that business associates might handle. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a business associate is: “a person or entity, other than a member …

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How safe is your information? A guide on how to make better passwords and use them securely

May 7, 2013  |  by robinp  |  Blog, EMRSOAP Services, News

Passwords have become the primary mechanism by which many people prove their online identity so as to communicate, bank, shop, and use their electronics. This can be a good thing – easier access to information is usually positive. When it comes to protecting sensitive information however, people need to be increasingly careful with what they …

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HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audits – What this means for small providers

May 7, 2013  |  by robinp  |  Blog, EMRSOAP Services, News

On April 23, the HCCA 2013 Compliancy Institute released the initial overview of its Audit of HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification compliancy. Since December of 2012, 115 performance audits of health care providers, plans, and clearinghouses have been conducted. While the number of audits is small, the results have major implications for small providers. …

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