Category Archives: HIPAA Technology

Group Polishes Guidelines on HIPAA Security Rules – Computerworld

A HIPAA working group seeks to ease the implementation of the massive data controls that are required by standard HIPAA Security provisions. Computerworld magazine: A working group made up of members from three organizations plans this month to release guidelines for complying with the data security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act…

HIPAA Survey Finds Most Firms Are Prepared, Though Issues Loom

A new survey has found that most organizations are ready for the April 20 deadline for meeting HIPAA compliance regulations. Healthcare and related organizations have just over two weeks to meet new rules for protecting patient data or face possible fines, criminal penalties and negative publicity. While many IT professionals involved with Health Insurance Portability…

Living with HIPAA: Enforcement of the Privacy Rule Today

This article is a little dated but has some decent info. Robin Johnson discusses enforcement of HIPAA Laws: It has been almost one year since the April 14, 2003 effective date of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. 1 At this time, your organization has likely implemented HIPAA privacy policies and procedures, prepared a standard authorization form,…

HIPAA creates new job opportunities – Paper Shredding business

More and more people are realizing that there are new business opportunities relating to HIPAA and HIPAA compliance. In Colorado one doctor started a mobile paper shredding company to help service companies that fall under the requirements of HIPAA and FACTA. The Pueblo Chieftain Online – Pueblo, Colorado U.S.A With the passage of HIPAA and…

2-Factor Authentication good enough for HIPAA?

Nice article by Bruce Schneier, once again confirming that he is an excellent thinker when it comes to network security issues. Thinking about implementing 2-factor authentication as part of your HIPAA-compliance strategy? Don’t rely too much on this technique, since attackers are beginning to actively target valuable information in ways that defeat 2-factor authentication. Two-Factor…

HIPAA Regulations Force Medical Practices to Reconsider Email and Web Communications

HIPAA Regulations Force Medical Practices to Reconsider Email and Web Communications Hagerstown, MD (PRWEB) March 5, 2005 — The latest updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) call for health care providers to adopt secure communication practices to protect Patient Identifiable Data. While not specific as to which technologies should be used,…

John Udell’s hospital experience and observations about HIPAA violations

John Udell at Infoworld gives his take on the current state of data entry at hospitals, and the HIPAA violations that he observed and offers possible solutions to the repetitous answering of the same questions over and over. Tales from the data entry trenches When it comes to compiling and managing complex data, many applications…

Doctor’s office installing WiFi hotspot in waiting room – possible security risk?

The Star-Telegram in Texas reports on a doctor’s office where they’re installing a wireless hotspot in the waiting room. While we agree that this is probably a great thing for patients (we love our hotspots, we do), it might not be such a hot idea to be making IT infrastructure available to the public (even…

InfoWorld: SSL VPN security threatened by desktop search engines

If you’ve installed Google’s new desktop search tool, you might want to consider the security issues of having software that caches SSL-encrypted traffic specifically so it can be rapidly and easily searched. This has clear implications for administrators responsible for maintaining HIPAA-secure information technology. InfoWorld: SSL VPN security threatened by desktop search engines: November 12,…

PRESS RELEASE: $99 HIPAA Compliance Automated Software Product Introduced by 3DGrid

Looks like there is a free trial download for this product. Might be worth checking out if you’re a small operation in need of a low-cost solution. We haven’t tried this or evaluated it, so this is just a heads-up — another company advertising solutions for HIPAA compliance, this time with potentially a pretty reasonable…

Is Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 HIPAA Compliant?

Someone at Microsoft got a phone call about whether or not Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 is HIPAA compliant because it has two network cards. So today I get asked if there is anything in HIPAA…. So I’m on the phone today and get asked if there is anything in HIPAA that says that ISA…

SC Magazine – Biometrics get the thumbs up

The need to properly secure protected patient data means that we’ll be seeing a lot more about bioinformatics as we move forward. SC Magazine The appeal of biometrics is growing, as more and more organizations are noting the many benefits it offers. Illena Armstrong explains why trends are now changing Cost-savings, convenience and security benefits,…