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HIPAA Security Audits to Ramp Up in Fall 2014

by Bevon Findley (SU)
I have been preaching for a while now that it would only be a matter of time before stepped-up enforcement by the government for the HIPAA Security Rule would begin. Well, it appears that time may be coming this fall. In a recent article in Health IT Security, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) indicated that final plans for implementing these new audits were being made.

56% of Employees Still Receive No Security Awareness Training

by Bevon Findley (SU)
With all the recent and notable attention to data breaches, on-line security, and preventative measures, the fact that more than half the employees surveyed did not receive security awareness training is cause for concern. When it comes to HIPAA Security Rule requirements, security awareness training is mandated.

PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY STARTS WITH A SHREDDER

by Bevon Findley (SU)
According to the Department of Justice, over 11.5 million people have their identities stolen each year. In 2013, the total financial loss amounted to over $21 billion. So how can people and companies protect their identity?

HIPAA Security Compliance: What is Your Sanction Policy?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Sanction policy? It sounds like what one country would do to another country to apply political pressure. Regrettably, that is the terminology the government is using when it comes to this section of HIPAA Security Rule compliance. The sanction policy (CFR 164.308(a)(1)(iii)(C) must be part of the overall security management process.

Medical Identity Theft: A Troubling Trend

Medical Identity Theft: A Troubling Trend

by Bevon Findley (SU)
The Ponemon Institute, a nationally recognized privacy research firm, recently released its Fourth Annual Patient Privacy and Data Security Study. For healthcare providers, it is probably not much of a new revelation that the study found more criminals are stealing patient records to commit medical identity theft.