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HIPAA Advice

The HIPAA Requirements on Patch Management

Healthcare providers are reminded by OCR to follow the HIPAA patch management requirements, which make sure that ePHI privacy, integrity, and accessibility stays secure. Flaws in the software applications code could be exploited by hackers […]

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HIPAA Updates

April 2018 Healthcare Data Breach Report

April was a terrible month as the healthcare sector suffered from an increased number of data breaches and the persons impacted compared to March. The Department of Health and Human Services acquired 41 submissions of […]

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HIPAA Violation News

Massachusetts Gynecologist Charged With Criminal HIPAA Violation and Obstruction of Investigation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) does not pursue many criminal penalties for HIPAA violations. But in cases of serious patient privacy violation, such as when the protected health information (PHI) is impermissibly disclosed with malicious […]

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HIPAA Updates

Healthcare Data Breach Analysis for March 2018

The number of healthcare data breaches increased month-over-month. In March 2018, HIPAA covered entities reported 29 security breaches. February 2018 had 25 breach incidents. Though the number of reported data breaches increased in March, there […]

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HIPAA Updates

State Attorneys General Oppose the DATAS Act

Almost all states in the U.S. have their own data breach notification legislation. Now, there are new federal regulations being proposed that could render state level laws obsolete. The Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and […]

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HIPAA Violation News

CPLSE-Owned Laptop with Unencrypted PHI Stolen

The protected health information of some patients and payment guarantors were compromised because the unencrypted laptop computer that Clinical Pathology Laboratories Southeast Inc (CPLSE) issued to an employee was stolen. CPLSE took immediate action so […]