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5 Ways to Improve Patient Data Security

These five security practices help organizations address imminent risks to data privacy, keep pace with continually evolving threats & protect patients’ personal information.
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How to Evaluate Medical Billing Services

When a medical practice decides to outsource billing, a key priority is choosing a reputable vendor they can trust with their patient’s medical information.
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What You Need to Know About Secure Mobile Messaging in Healthcare

Secure mobile messaging in healthcare settings can be an effective way to improve care coordination & communication but organizations must ensure the solution they are considering is not just secure but is HIPAA-secure. Failing to employ a service that has a proven track record in keeping PHI secure could be a costly mistake.

How To Properly Protect Patient Data

Patients must feel confident in the knowledge that their personal data is secure and private, accessible only to them and their immediate healthcare providers. How can clinics, hospitals, and administrators ensure their information is kept out of the wrong hands?
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Four IT Challenges Facing Healthcare Organizations in 2018

Healthcare IT professionals have one of the hardest jobs in the industry, carrying huge responsibilities. Here are four major challenges they are facing in 2018.
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What We Can Learn from the WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

Use of old software and failure to implement security updates played an important role in the success of the recent relatively unsophisticated WannaCry ransomware attacks.

Smartphones in Stupid Hands – A New Way to Abuse the...

Social media abuses in nursing homes have escalated to the point that the federal government has announced a crackdown.

What’s Your Business Associate’s Commitment to HIPAA?

A detailed vetting process is a way to quantify the risk of sharing PHI with potential business associates, before entering into a potentially lengthy contract

Is an Imperfect Mental Health App Better Than No Care at...

There are no perfect apps for mental health care yet, but, psychiatrist Steven Chan, MD wonders, wouldn't an imperfect app be better than no care at all?

Is HHS’ New Cybersecurity Initiative Too Little Too Late?

ONC's new cybersecurity protection grant programs are too complex, too slow and way underfunded.

Is Your Medical Practice’s Social Media Policy Adequate?

Physicians and practice managers must be smart about training employees on what they should and should not share online HIPAA violations can be costly.
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It’s Time to Get Serious About Protecting Patient Privacy

Long-awaited federal audits are finally here under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).