Costly Risk Assessment Mistakes

Learn about the three common risk assessment mistakes that cost health care entities hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. The absolute largest risk assessment mistake is not conducting one.  A risk assessment is required for HIPAA compliance.  Oftentimes,...

Important HIPAA Compliance Definitions to Know

To understand HIPAA compliance requirements, you will need to understand some of the commonly used terms. Protected Health Information (PHI)– individually identifiable health information that is transmitted by electronic media, maintained in electronic media, or...

Threat to PHI: Computer Processor Vulnerabilities

On January 5, the OCR sent out an emergency update to the security and privacy email lists notifying health care organizations about new discovered computer vulnerabilities that may affect PHI. In the update, the OCR linked to a report from the Healthcare...

AHIMA Provides Guidelines for Cybersecurity Plan

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently provided guidelines for creating a robust cybersecurity plan. The cybersecurity plan is a 17-step process, according to AHIMA.  However, the last step provided in the document is redundant, so we...