HIPAA Archives

  • It is difficult to argue that technology has not improved our lives and businesses in many ways. On the other hand, it’s just as difficult to argue that technology advancements are not without some very serious risks. IBM’s 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report illustrates the fact that the healthcare industry is the mostRead more…

  • As technology improves, software providers and hardware manufacturers discontinue their support of older software and devices. A significant event that may impact your practice is just around the corner. Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide improvements, bug fixes,Read more…

  • The rise of ransomware and its increased impact on small to medium-sized organizations can keep most business owners and security professionals awake at night. Ransomware is a form of malware where a hacker gains access to a business’s data, encrypts it, and demands payment for the access code for the organization to recover the data.Read more…

  • Managing third-party service providers, or vendors is an ongoing legal and contractual obligation for all businesses. While there is no “one size fits all” risk management program, there are a lot of great checklists and recommendations available. Checking a few resources before signing a new vendor service agreement and setting up a Google Alert orRead more…

  • Even though businesses of all sizes are targeted by hackers, small businesses and practices make up approximately 70% of data breaches due to cyberattacks. Patient information is very valuable and small businesses often have less protection than large businesses do in cybersecurity. Strengthen the human element Training employees is one of the best defenses againstRead more…

  • October is the national cybersecurity awareness month, and we take cybersecurity seriously at TMC. This year’s theme “will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.” But rather than talk about cybersecurity, get into the spirit with a quick word search! Feel free to print this out and share it withRead more…

  • The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has reported a staggering increase since this time last year of all forms of breaches of patient PHI. Note: These figures do not include any 2019 breaches that involved fewer than 500 individuals. A covered entity must notify the Secretary of a PHIRead more…

  • All of us have routines at home and at the office. Routines are often done “on autopilot,” because we don’t have to think much about them. This might apply to a lot of the tasks you do every day like walking to the printer, sending a fax, email, or filing. However, from a privacy andRead more…