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Is it Safer Online? Coronavirus, Cybersecurity, and HIPAA

17Mar 2020
By Stephen Trout

As schools, businesses, healthcare organizations, and individuals everywhere seek to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic with safer ways of operating, many are opting to work from home or transition their business services to online portals. This move to do more than social distancing to “flatten the curve” is certainly warranted – especially for those health providers who serve higher risk populations. (For an excellent summary of how healthcare is being impacted, see this short video, Why Fighting the Coronavirus Depends on You.)

The business reasons for this,…

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SFTP

07Feb 2020
By Stephen Trout

Things are not always as they seem…

especially in the world of data security. We like to assume attacks are rare, and won’t happen to us. But it’s often our own lack of care that gets us and our organizations in trouble. We leave a hard drive out in the open, fail to encrypt data, maybe even leave a password in an obvious place (so “we’ll remember”), and before we know it, someone’s personal information is up for grabs.

We forget sometimes about the meaning of “standards of care,” and how we would want them diligently applied…

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HIPAA Vault Named Global Cloud Consulting Industry Leader

10Dec 2019
By Stephen Trout

HIPAA Vault  Named Global Cloud Consulting Industry Leader
HIPAA Vault is a San Marcos, California-based managed security provider, offering a wide range of HIPAA Cloud solutions for healthcare. As a Managed Security Service Provider, we are proud to be recognized for our work on the global stage. Cloud consulting provides unparalleled resources for businesses, increasing the efficiency and flexibility of business decisions. Contact us today to optimize your business operations!

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Are you New to the World of HIPAA Compliance?

25Oct 2019
By Stephen Trout

Congratulations, your new medical practice will be opening soon!

Have you paused to consider what the road to HIPAA compliance will look like for your organization? How will your new business venture (and potential associates) handle sensitive, protected health information, and meet the regulations of the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? These are key questions that will impact patient privacy and protection, not to mention your ability to practice – especially if an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) audit is in your future.

Thankfully, there’s a guided program available to systematically prepare you for HIPAA,…

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How an MSSP just might Save your Life

03Oct 2019
By Stephen Trout

As cyber criminals continue to wreak havoc on healthcare providers by way of ransomware, IoT attacks, and breaches of personal, protected health information (PHI), many of these attacks have had a crippling effect on healthcare’s ability to administer critical, life-saving services to patients.

For example, Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming recently had to divert patients from its emergency room due to a ransomware attack. CCH was also forced to cancel a number of critical procedures and exams, including respiratory therapy, radiology exams, and even some surgeries. Additionally, a number…

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Is WordPress HIPAA Compliant?

19Sep 2019
By Stephen Trout

As the most popular, off-the-shelf content management system (CMS) in the world – estimated at over 50% of the market share, translating to some 75 million websites worldwide – WordPress is clearly the website builder of choice. Medical practices and other health providers often rely on the WordPress platform for its ease of use, variety of plugin themes, and online portal features. Unfortunately, the proliferation of such a huge number of WordPress sites – drawing upon a vast  repository of over 42,000 Plugins – has made WordPress a regular target for hackers.

Is WordPress HIPAA Compliant?

So why are healthcare-related WordPress…

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Affordable HIPAA Compliant Hosting≠ Sacrificing Services

16Sep 2019
By Stephen Trout

Affordable HIPAA Compliant Hosting – Without Sacrificing Features and Support

Affordable HIPAA Compliant Hosting

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, large patient files and medical records are quickly transitioning to digital format. But it’s not just HIPAA regulations driving this move to a compliant cloud. Electronic solutions are more convenient and practical, allowing for instant access to critical data by healthcare teams. This means improved patient care.

For the uninitiated, there’s a clear difference between standard web hosting and HIPAA compliant web hosting. In contrast to traditional web hosting companies, HIPAA Compliant…

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Healthcare has an April Storm

02Aug 2019
By Stephen Trout

Mark Twain is often credited with the line:

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

This spring, everyone was talking. In fact, if April is famous for its plentiful showers, then 2019 was legendary. Across the country, a number of all-time rain and snowfall totals were shattered: Asheville, NC, for example, saw 9 inches; Watertown, South Dakota was hit with 25 inches of snow – in just three days.

But it wasn’t just the ground that got soaked in April:

A veritable storm of healthcare data breaches hit the industry hard; in fact, a recent…

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Getting Your Fax Straight on HIPAA Faxing

02Aug 2019
By Stephen Trout

It’s the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: how does faxing work with transmitting sensitive, medical data? (Ok, well maybe not everyone.)

For those who do rely on faxing to transmit PHI, however, the following practical points may keep you from running a foul of HIPAA compliance requirements:

  • Faxing may be a traditional means of transmitting data, but it is particularly susceptible to being intercepted – unless additional safeguards are added (we’ll discuss these later). Typical telephone lines are simply not secure; in addition, mis-dialing a fax number can send your sensitive data to a completely unintended…

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