The 4 Standards for HIPAA’s Physical Safeguards

HIPAA’s definition on Physical Safeguards: “Administrative actions, and policies and procedures, to manage the selection, development, implementation, and maintenance of security measures to protect electronic protected health information and to manage the conduct of the covered entity’s workforce in relation to the protection of that information.”

HIPAA Privacy vs. HIPAA Security; Whats the Difference?

If you’ve been searching around about HIPAA compliance, you’ve probably seen the terms “Privacy” and “Security”. They both relate to compliance on the subject of protecting patient information, but heres the distinction:

10 Things Your BAA MUST Cover and Why

You already know that you need to have a signed BAA with anyone that handles your Protected Health Information (PHI), but can you explain the key reasons why? Here are 10 need-to-know items before you sign yours.

What You Should Know About Government Back Doors in Medical Videoconferencing

Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook published a letter to Apple customers, in response to an order given by the United States Government directing Apple to provide technical assistance to federal agents attempting to unlock the contents of an iPhone 5C that had been used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed […]

American Bar Association Webinar: HIPAA Applies to Lawyers?

The full title of the webinar is actually much catchier: You Mean HIPAA Applies to Lawyers? Keeping Data Safe, Clients Happy and Your License Secure. Hosted by the American Bar Association, this webinar discusses how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health […]

HIPAA Compliance, an In-depth Overview

There are four HIPAA rules any one working with ePHI should know about.  They are: 1. HIPAA Privacy Rule 2. HIPAA Security Rule 3. HIPAA Enforcement Rule 4. HIPAA Breach Notification Rule The HIPAA Privacy Rule The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies […]

SecureVideo Safe from the Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug, with its suitably ominous name, is a vulnerability in an open-source software called OpenSSL. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s an incredibly popular encryption software used by default in Apache and nginx web server applications, which in turn are used by about two-thirds of the internet, including Yahoo!, Eventbrite, and Flickr. […]

How can I be HIPAA compliant?

An overview Before we delve into this topic, a note: this article is not an exhaustive list of all that is required for HIPAA compliance.  You may decide to contact an attorney or Privacy Officer to help you examine each rule thoroughly and put an action plan in place.  Our intention is to get you […]

Internet Security, a Daily Concern

Yesterday, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked into Skype and Microsoft’s twitter account.  The twitter feed read, “Don’t use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to governments.”  The same post also appeared on Microsoft’s twitter feed.  Both were swiftly removed.  In a statement today, Skype representatives said, “No user […]