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phishing attacks

We’ve all heard by now that healthcare is seriously lagging in cybersecurity effectiveness. According to a recent study, healthcare ranked 15th out of 18 major U.S. industries in terms of overall cyber health. Another study indicates that in the past seven years, 2,149 breaches have occurred, amounting to 176.4 million patient…

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Back in 2014, Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was serving as an active business associate to six skilled nursing facilities, providing information technology services.

Unfortunately, one of their iPhones containing the unencrypted, protected health information of 412 nursing home patients – including their social security numbers, diagnosis and treatment information, and the names of family…

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Snooping and Security Breaches

Secure your healthcare information so you’re not at risk for security breaches!

According to a privacy breach survey of healthcare providers – 70% of which admitted to having at least one security breach – 35% attributed the breach to unauthorized access by employees.

Take note of that stat: essentially, the survey found that the most common cause of HIPAA security breaches…

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Changing a company’s security culture is hard sometimes. Consider the techy world of applications development, if you will. (Even if this doesn’t apply strictly to you, the lessons are helpful).

Typically, as one network security expert points out, the old ways of bringing usable software to market involved “every man to his island.” You had an IT island, a…

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HIPAA Compliant Gmail

Andrew Kroninger, TOTAL HIPAA’s Director of Customer Success, recently interviewed Gil Vidals, founder and CEO of HIPAA Vault, a HIPAA compliant cloud managing solution. The two discussed Gmail’s potential for HIPAA compliant email messaging. You can listen to this episode of our podcast HIPAA Talk! here or on your mobile device via Apple…

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The HIPAA Vault Story

(The following is a transcription of a podcast produced by CloudBerry, where each week Doug Hazelman talks to different managed service providers about their business)

Doug: Hello and welcome to the MSP Voice Webinar series. Today I’m pleased to be joined by Gil Vidals, from HIPAA Vault, and he’ll be talking about their HIPAA compliant cloud. So…

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The Department of Justice recently charged a physician for violating HIPAA Rules, after he permitted a sales representative from a major pharmaceuticals company to access the confidential health information of his patients – without their consent.

The motive, as usual, was greed. If particular patients could be targeted for the new drug, the pharmaceutical company as well as the…

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…requesting that she purchase $1,000 worth of Google Play gift cards to give to company clients, she wasted no time. “In hindsight, I should have been like, ‘This is weird,’ but your boss asks you to do something and you do it,” said Kari Hornfeldt, a Chicago marketing professional.

When the company credit card didn’t…

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HIPAA Compliant Health App

Making your healthcare app HIPAA compliant is only the start. Consider the reality: a 7-year study conducted by researchers from Michigan State and Johns Hopkins University found that approximately 53% of all data breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) were actually the result of internal negligence.

Reasons for these data breaches might include:

  • theft of…
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