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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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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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What to Do If You Find Someone Else’s Health Information (PHI)

My first data breach went like this: In the early 2000s, a young accountant was flying back to the home office after working several days onsite at a year-end audit. She had brought along two compact discs, one loaded with detailed employee information and the other loaded with her favorite songs. Thinking it was her […]

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Settlement Highlights Why IT Change Management is So Important for Compliance

I hate change. I especially hate change when it comes to my technology. I reach a stable state with my computer network, which permits me to achieve great efficiency, but when I change one thing, something else changes that I didn’t intend. Soon, I am spending hundreds of dollars to get back to a stable […]

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Is Pokémon Go A HIPAA Nightmare?

Pokémon is the second best-selling franchise worldwide, having sold 279 million video game software units as of 2015. When it was announced that the beloved game would be brought to mobile devices for free in the form of an augmented reality game, millennials everywhere had their childhood dream of traveling the world to catch Pokémon […]

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Mobile Health Apps and HIPAA

When technology is so rapidly developing, it’s no surprise that HIPAA has had a hard time with keeping up with the times. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the landmark 1996 patient-privacy law, only covers patient information kept by health providers, insurers, and data clearinghouses, as well as their business partners. The popularity of wearable technologies, […]

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