Healthcare Technology Blog

Thoughts & ideas about healthcare tech from My IT

  • HIPAA Best Practices for Doctors’ Offices
    November 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the “police” that enforce HIPAA’s policies, report that most of the $67 million (and growing) in fines “stem from improper use or disclosure of electronic protected health information (ePHI); poor health information saf...

  • Sending PHI via Mobile Devices – a Big HIPAA No-No
    July 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    I rocked the boat with some of my medical friends when I emailed them my blog post, Can I Text ePHI?, which basically told them that they could NOT text or email patients without encrypting or securing the data. Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger. H...

  • Are Your Business Associates HIPAA Complaint or a Risk?
    June 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Since 2013 when Congress passed the Omnibus Rule, business associates (BAs) dealing with medical entities have been held to the same standards for protecting PHI (Protected Health Information) as covered entities (CEs), including their subcontractors. T...

  • What is HIPAA? Why Should You Care and What You Need to Know.
    October 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which first appeared in 1996. Initially, HIPAA’s vagueness made if confusing and most small and medium-sized medical entities saw it as voluntar...

  • 3 Biggest Cybersecurity Mistakes Medical Practices Make
    May 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Healthcare is no longer just about curing ailing patients. Medicine requires securing your patient’s Protected Health Information (PHI).

    Even though HIPAA has been around since 1996, last year the industry averaged a breach a day, affecting 27,314...

  • 9 Reasons Why Small Medical Practices are Most Vulnerable to a Cyber-Attack
    April 13, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    As my team and I talk to different medical practices, we are amazed how many of them are oblivious to HIPAA regulations and just how vulnerable they are to a cyber-attack. Like HIPAA, hackers don’t take ignorance as an excuse.

    9 Reasons Wh...

  • Debunking 13 HIPPA Technology Myths
    March 9, 2017 at 5:00 AM

    Although HIPAA is the law, many people have numerous misconceptions and myths they hold onto about HIPAA. Let me dispel the top 13 HIPAA Technology Myths that we commonly hear so you’re not caught off guard.

    1. Myth: HIPAA Doesn’t Apply ...
  • 12 HIPPA Mistakes Your Medical Practice is Making (and How to Fix Them)
    February 16, 2017 at 5:00 AM

    Praying that the federal government doesn’t knock on your door for an audit isn’t a good plan, nor is hoping you never have a breach. If that is the extent of your processes and procedures, it is only a matter of time before both things happen and the f...

  • Can I Text ePHI?
    January 5, 2017 at 5:00 AM

    We get this question from our healthcare clients frequently – can I text ePHI (Electronic Private Health Information)?

    Simply put, no.

    This may surprise you, because many non-medical companies frequently exchan...

  • Difference Between EMR & HER and How to Protect Both
    December 27, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    While most people use the two acronyms EMR and EHR interchangeably, there is a difference between them. Also, how you must protect each varies as well.

    What is EMR? Electronic Medical Records...

  • 11 Steps You Legally Must Do to Protect ePHI & PHI
    December 8, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    First off, let’s make sure we’re on the same page with what is PHI. PHI stands for Protected Health Information and ePHI is the electronic form of that information. Read More

  • Has Your IT Firm asked you to Sign a BAA?
    November 17, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    In 2013 as part of the Omnibus Rule, the United States government began to require all Business Associates to follow HIPAA guidelines. A Business Associate (BA) is any company that works with healthcare providers and has access to patient data, even if ...

  • Use the Meaningful Use Tax Incentive for Your Electronic Medical Record Technology? What You Must Do Legally.
    October 27, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) enacted on February 17, 2009, Congress created a tax incentive program called Meaningful Use to incentivize healthcare providers including doctors, hospitals, critical-access ...