Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program

Did you know that Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program is expected this year? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has always enforced HIPAA compliance. Recently, they announced plans to proceed with Phase 2 of the HIPAA audit program, a more proactive approach to overseeing HIPAA compliance. … Read more

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel This article first ran as a featured guest post in Electronic Health Reporter on September 22, 2014. The theft of 4.5 million medical records by Chinese hackers recently, coupled with the news that as-yet unidentified hackers were able to penetrate the U.S. government’s … Read more

HIPAA Compliant Private Cloud Delivers Life-Saving Assistance

National Health IT Week 2014, which is this week, celebrates the value of IT and its contribution to healthcare providers, associations and non-profit organizations, state and regional extension centers, corporations and colleges and universities across the nation. In honor of National Health IT Week, I thought I would share with you the story of one of … Read more

Assuring HIPAA Compliance for PHI

GUEST BLOG By Sarah Morris, KirkpatrickPrice If you’re hosting data classified as patient health information (PHI), it’s always your responsibility to assure HIPAA compliance for PHI. In other words, take appropriate measures to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule. Beginning September 23, as a business associate of a healthcare entity, you can now be fined … Read more

September 23: HIPAA Rules Kick in, Impacting Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO If you’re a company in the health care industry, you have just 47 days to get your act together on planning for IT disaster recovery. That’s right. Beginning Sept. 23, the HIPAA/HITECH rules governing protected health information (PHI) secure data backup and recovery will be enforced, and some businesses … Read more