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Remove the Risk of Being “Sorta Compliant” by Being Audit Ready

When we talk to healthcare providers about HIPAA, their statements about their current state of compliance fall into two categories – “We’re good here” or “OMG!”  The “We’re good here” group tend to be management types who stay “out of the weeds” and have delegated the day to day responsibilities to mid-level employees who have […]

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Ransomware Attacks Like WannaCry Can Happen to You, but Only if You Let Them

Protected Trust’s Exchange, Managed Security and I.T. clients were not affected by this incident, and are protected from future attacks like this. If you tune into the news whatsoever, you’ve likely seen a lot of news about the WannaCry Ransomware over the past week. This not-at-all-surprising malware attack began sweeping the globe late last week, […]

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Skype for Business is So Much More Than Skype

While many are familiar with the free Skype consumer platform, we still encounter a lot confusion around what Microsoft’s Skype for Business can do for small and medium sized companies. Skype for Business comes as an integral piece of the Microsoft Office 365 software. Skype for Business and Microsoft Office 365 can take the place […]

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How the Government Responds to HIPAA Breach Cases And What You Can Do

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) fined Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3,217,000 for various HIPAA violations.  Typically, OCR’s HIPAA cases involve mutually agreed Resolution Agreements.  In the Children’s case, there was no agreement.  The information published by OCR regarding the Children’s fine provides interesting insights into […]

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Device Encryption – Don’t Ignore the Advice of HIPAA Experts

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas is a beloved institution with deep pediatric medical expertise. Some of the most difficult childhood cases from around the world end up there. Between January 2010 and April 2013, the electronic health information (ePHI) of about 6,200 Children’s Medical Center young patients was exposed in three separate breaches. Two of […]

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Free HIPAA Seminar April 18 in Dallas

On April 18, 2017, Protected Trust will host “How to Learn to Love the HIPAA Audit: Get More From Compliance”, a seminar created for Dallas/Fort Worth professionals in the medical community. The latest HIPAA violations at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, which resulted in a $3.2 million dollar fine, serve as a powerful reminder to […]

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Todd Frankel Joins the Protected Trust Team as CFO

Protected Trust is excited to welcome Todd Frankel, CPA to our team as our new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Frankel brings over 25 years of experience as a certified public accountant and financial officer, along with a strong background in high-compliance, complex financial affairs. Frankel joins the dynamic, creative, and innovative team at Protected Trust […]

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Mobile Device Management is Critical to HIPAA Compliance

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas serves as a good example of the importance of managing mobile devices as part of your HIPAA compliance regimen. I just had lunch with a friend who used to work at the company that makes the Blackberry device.  We shared warm memories of the little fellow.  It was a powerful […]

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The Human Factor in Disclosing a HIPAA Breach

When someone thinks he or she may have made a mistake, their first instinct might be to keep quiet about it and hope that it’s not really a problem.  That’s the wrong instinct when dealing with protected health information of others (PHI) that is subject to HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule. The US Department of Health […]

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Protect Patient Health Information (ePHI) By Knowing Exactly Where it is

Where is your patient’s personal health information? Sometimes, the hardest part about HIPAA compliance is understanding where the electronic patient health information (ePHI) actually is. The database where you house ePHI is encrypted and sits behind a state of the art firewall. It looks very solid and comforting, but where else is the ePHI? That […]

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