Category Archives: HIPAA

Benefits of mHealth: The Physician Perspective

As a physician, you’re used to the feeling of having your attention pulled in several directions at once. Many days, it can seem as if you just don’t have enough time to see enough patients, run all the tests you’d like, or even communicate with your staff. That’s why so many doctors and healthcare workers… Read More »

HIPAA and Ransomware Fact Sheet

A recent  report indicates that, on average, there have been 4,000 daily ransomware attacks since early 2016 (a 300% increase over the 1,000 daily ransomware attacks reported in 2015). 1 Ransomware exploits human and technical weaknesses to gain access to an organization’s technical infrastructure in order to deny the organization access to its own data… Read More »

HIPAA Audits and Business Associates

OCR outlined the specifics of their new Phase 2 HIPAA Audits back in Marc, stating that: “The Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program reviews the policies and procedures adopted and employed by covered entities and business associates to meet selected standards and implementation specifications of the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.” Compliancy Group is the… Read More »

Is Apple Finally Entering the HIPAA Game?

For years, Apple has notoriously avoided stepping into the burgeoning HIPAA-compliant health-tech market. Its peers–tech giants the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and FitBit–have all willingly begun signing Business Associate Agreements (BAAs), allowing their products and services to be used across the health care industry to store, transmit, or create protected health information (PHI). So… Read More »

Iowa Hospital Uncovers Extensive 7-Year Privacy Breach

After seven years of illegally accessing the protected health information (PHI) of 1,620 patients, an employee at UnityPoint Health’s Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa has been reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for federal investigation. Officials at the hospital say that the breach was first uncovered on March 14, 2016. The… Read More »

Buffalo Medical Group Denies Alleged “HIPPA” Violations

Receiving HIPAA breach notification letters in the mail has become a disappointingly commonplace occurrence for many Americans over the past few years. In a single breach alone last February, as many as 80 million individuals had their protected health information (PHI) breached by Anthem. HIPAA regulation mandates that breaches be reported to affected patients informing… Read More »

Attend this month’s HIPAA Chat

What does it mean to be “HIPAA Compliant” and how do you get there? Please ask questions on the registration form or attend live and you will be able to ask questions then as well! This month’s event is hosted by Bob Grant and Marc Haskelson of the Compliancy Group.