How To Make Your Smartphone HIPAA Compliant

If you are among the eight out of 10 medical professionals who use their tablets, smartphones or other mobile devices to access and share patient information, the security of your data may be at risk. This could happen if you inadvertently send the information to the...

Three Tips to Avoid HIPAA Violations in 2015

While doctors and nurses may be most preoccupied with the latest treatment plans and other medical advancements, they are more likely to have problems over issues related to privacy and security. These issues have become increasingly prominent thanks to HIPAA, a piece...

Secure Texting Improves Patient Care

Patient care is an area that is always undergoing improvements. The people behind health-oriented tech are constantly working to improve the quality of life for patients and the efficiency of the doctors and nurses treating them while still maintaining HIPAA...

HIPAA Violation Costs Walgreen $1.44M in Fines

On Friday, Nov 14, Indiana’s Court of Appeals handed down a harsh judgement against Walgreens. The court upheld a fine of $1.4 million against Walgreens, a fine originally levied for HIPAA violations committed by a Walgreens employee. For the first time in U.S...

Is HIPAA Compliance Helping or Hurting the Ebola Scare?

In recent months, citizens around the globe have watched in horror as the Ebola virus crippled three West African countries and infected several healthcare workers who were treating patients with the disease. As a direct result, health screenings at several U.S....

OCR Clarifies How HIPAA Effects Same-Sex Couples

The HIPAA privacy rule has proven an important tool for building trust between the medical field and the broader public. Nevertheless, vexing questions do occasionally arise when it comes to HIPAA compliance. The uneven and staggered growth of same-sex marriage has...

Email Security & Texting: Top Five HIPAA Myths Debunked

Have you ever been aghast at the prospect of paying a minor parking ticket? That is nothing compared to the horror you might one day experience if you are found to be out of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Although it...

HIPAA Compliance: Brace Yourself for the Future of HIPAA Fines

Ten million dollars is a big chunk of money in anyone’s books. It represents the amount that the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has collected in fines since June of 2013 against healthcare providers found not to be in compliance with the Health...