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9 Safeguards for a HIPAA Compliant Fax

Before there was widespread access to email and the Internet, fax machines in healthcare practices were a common and accepted way to expeditiously share patient information with other providers. Convenient, affordable, easy to use, it’s no wonder fax machines are still whirring in a lot of offices. Maybe even yours. But with all the regulations now in place to ensure the privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI), many practices are wondering: Is information sent via fax HIPAA compliant? In today’s blog I’ll answer that question, provide guidelines for a HIPAA compliant fax for those of you who aren’t […]

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Beware of the Email Attachments from Hell

If you or someone on your staff opens one of these diabolic — yet seemingly innocent — email attachments, they can infect the office’s computers and make running your practice “hella” difficult until they’re fixed. Email attachments are a common source of viruses and worms. When opened, they can give hackers control of your computer, enabling them to send copies of their message to every email address in your address book. Malware like this can do a lot of damage within your office and beyond — crippling computers, servers, and networks. In this HIPAA Quick Tip, I’ll offer a few […]

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The Basics of Mobile Device Security for Protected Health Information

The single most common way Protected Health Information (PHI) is compromised is through the loss of devices themselves, whether this happens by accident or by theft. Technology — thumb drives, CDs, smart phones, tablets — has made it possible for large amounts of information to be tucked into our pockets or purses and carried to our cars, homes, favorite coffee shops, or hotel rooms at conferences. Files that used to take up an entire wall can now fit on a 2-inch thumb drive, a mini iPad, a laptop. But with this amazing technological convenience, comes increased responsibility. “Covered entities and […]

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