5 important takeaways from the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Report for Healthcare providers

April 23, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, EMRSOAP Services, News

1. “A definite relationship exists between industry and attack motive, which is most likely a byproduct of the data targeted.” This is a refrain repeated several times throughout the report.  Given that a significant amount of the attacks are made from malevolent entities that are strictly attempting to steal data for monetary benefit, the data …

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Should we trust our Business Associates?

April 17, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

In short: yes, you should trust your business associates, but you must verify that they are claiming.  So you should trust them, but you shouldn’t put faith in them.  Whether you are a medical provider dealing with a business associates or a business associates engaging a subcontracting business associate, handing over data on the simple …

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2013 Software Advice EMR Market Share Report

March 27, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog

Editors Note: This is a guest post from Aundraya Ruse 2013 Software Advice EMR Market Share Report As HITECH Act funds continue to be dispersed to qualified medical providers, it’s become much easier to track the EMR market size and share. That’s because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now tracks EMR adoption. …

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Agency in HIPAA Omnibus Rule

February 12, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog

Agency in HIPAA Omnibus Rule Whether or not an entity qualifies as a Business Associate or an Agent could potentially be very important for a medical practice. Why?  Imagine the following scenario: You set up a relationship with a Business Associate (let’s say, an outsourced Billings provider).  The Billings provider has a data breach.  If …

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Still using Google Apps? You should stop that.

February 11, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog

If there are any medical providers or business associates out there who are using Google Apps or GMail as a Vendor, I would recommend that the following: Either conduct a Risk Assessment, or contact us to do so. Stop using Gmail and Google Apps immediately. Here’s our reasoning for offering that advise – Google is …

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EMRSoap write-up of the HIPAA Hangout by Industry Leaders

January 23, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

On 1.23.2013, Devin McGraw, Brian Ahier, and David Harlow sat down and chatted about HIPAA.  These are big industry leaders, and it was great to hear their thoughts on the matters involved.  Here’s the link to the video of the Session. Here are links to their media. Brian Ahier’s blog – http://www.ahier.blogspot.com/ David Harlow – …

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Monetary Fines under HIPAA Omnibus Rule

January 22, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

  There are 4 categories of HIPAA violations that reflect increasing levels of culpability and negligence.  These levels correspond to corresponding tiers of penalties amounts.  The Table below shows these penalties amounts.   More fines Leon Rodriguez has said as much, but there’s going to be more fines under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule.  The very …

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Business Associates under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule

January 18, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

Who’s a Business Associate under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? The Definition of Business Associate has been slightly changed to explicitly designate more persons and organizations as business associates. Patient Safety Activities will be added to the list of function that a person can take on behalf of a covered entity that give rise to a …

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HIPAA Omnibus Rule Basic FAQ

January 18, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

HIPAA Omnibus Rule Basic FAQ: Q: When do I have to start complying with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? A: The rule is effective on March 26th, 2013.  Covered Entities, their Business Associates, and their respective subcontractors must comply with the new rules by September 23rd 2013.  (page 2 at 15)  Note that this gives you …

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EMRSoap’s HIPAA Omnibus Guide

January 18, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

HHS just released yesterday the new HIPAA Omnibus rule.  This rule was made to formally include the modifications required from the HITECH act, PSQIA, GINA, and others into HIPAA. The Omnibus rule is intended to make HIPAA compliance clearer.  Somewhat paradoxically, this clarity is coming initially in the form of a 563 page document. Part …

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