HIPAA OFFICE – Secure, Compliant Office Productivity Application Suite

HIPAA OFFICE – Secure, Compliant Office Productivity Application Suite

THE PROBLEM HIPAA Office is a secure collaboration platform and suite of office productivity applications that solves two high risk problems faced by physicians today: 1. Doctors have become a primary target for hacking and ransomware attacks, and 2. HIPAA fines are increasing in frequency and severity. HIPAA VIOLATIONS 92% of physicians use text message or inner office instant messaging to communicate among staff and colleagues regarding their patient’s condition, treatment, and order status among other things. Cellular networks are...

Six Steps to Lock Down Patient Data

Six Steps to Lock Down Patient Data

Think your practice is too small for a data breach to occur? Think again. It’s vital to stay on the right side of HIPAA requirements for data security. This isn’t always easy and can cost a significant amount, but in general, locking down data is less expensive than damage control after a breach. Breaches of patient information are on the rise—138% from 2012 to 2013, according to breach data reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And...

Cyber Insurance – A Hack-Free New Year

Cyber Insurance – A Hack-Free New Year

Hacking risks are rising for healthcare systems of all sizes. 2015 was a banner year for data breaches and inadvertent releases of patients’ protected health information (PHI). The biggest cases involved health insurers, but healthcare systems and small practices were breached as well. Healthcare-related data breaches are reportedly on the rise, even in light of improved compliance with HIPAA and HITECH. And that trend probably won’t reverse in 2016. Of course, no system is theft-proof, but physicians can lower the...

These HIPAA Issues Can Trip You Up, or Worse, Land You in Court

HIPAA violations abound. In October, AHMC Healthcare in Alhambra, Calif., reported that health information on 729,000 patients was compromised due to the theft of two laptops. Last year, an Arizona physician agreed to pay $100,000 to HHS to settle a HIPAA violation case. HHS’s Office for Civil Rights found that Phoenix Cardiac Surgery had few policies and procedures to comply with HIPAA and limited safeguards to protect electronic patient health information. And last month, two employees from an Arizona medical...

Is Cloud-Based Billing Software Really Better?

Imagine enterprise software that’s as easy to install and access as your email — that’s what cloud-based applications are all about. Instead of purchasing servers and software and hiring IT experts to install and support them, you subscribe to a software service and pay a monthly fee, much like your cell phone or internet connection. There are many convenience factors to having your billing function “in the cloud,” and we’ll get to those, but let’s first look at the all-important...

HIPAA Enhancements: How They Affect Your Practice

Although HIPAA has been in effect for 17 years, confusion remains about some aspects. The passing of the HITECH act earlier this year added a few wrinkles and brought this issue back to the forefront. Do you know the difference between HIPAA and HITECH or when it started? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act(HIPAA), sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. HIPAA was introduced in 1996 by the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and former Senator Nancy Kasselbaum...