Avoid Uber’s 148 Million Dollar Privacy Mistake

This week's blog we have a special guest writer- John Wood from Egerton McAfee! Keep reading to get John's legal perspective on how you can avoid making the same privacy mistake Uber made. In September Uber agreed to pay all 50 states a combined $148,000,000 to settle a claim that Uber failed to abide by [...]

November 6th, 2018|Categories: Data Breach, Privacy|Tags: , , , , , , |

ALERT: New Ransomware Strain Targeting Very Specific Users

A new strain of Ransomware called "Defray" is spreading it's way around. This is different in how it is being targeted and distributed. The distribution of Defray has several notable characteristics: •Defray is currently being spread via Microsoft Word document attachments in email •The campaigns are as small as several messages each •The lures are [...]

Children’s Medical Center Issued $3.2M OCR HIPAA Penalty

Ouch! The part about this that really stings is this opening line "Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was recently given an OCR HIPAA civil money penalty due to ePHI disclosure and several years of HIPAA non-compliance, according to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) release." Several years of HIPAA non-compliance “OCR’s investigation [...]

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , , , , , |

Yes, The HIPAA Technical Safeguards Can Work To Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards are become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. As a refresher, the technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the HIPAA Privacy Rule, are “the technology and the policy and procedures for its use [...]

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , , , , |

Healthcare Providers Be Prepared, More Oversight is Coming

The Department of Health and Human Services needs to improve its security and privacy guidance and oversight program, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). What does this mean? Read the full article and report, and draw your own conclusions, but from our experience we are heading towards the days of more [...]

October 7th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Survey Says! IT Spending Increasing for Healthcare

In a recent survey from Cloud Provider Peak10 Healthcare Executives say IT spending will increase, primarily in these three areas: Cloud adoption: Healthcare organizations increasingly are turning to IT outsourcing, including cloud-based software, co-location of data and disaster recovery. The applications they're most likely to send to the cloud include electronic health records (EHRs), human resources/payroll [...]

May 19th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, IT Budgeting, Security|Tags: , , , |