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Bring Your Own License for HIPAA Compliant Hosting

To many in the field of HIPAA software and HIPAA hosting, being forced to use any particular solution or implementation is less than ideal. One of the ways in which covered entities often feel that they are “nickel-and-dimed” is in the matter of software licensing. A piece of software that interacts with or stores HIPAA... Continue reading
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Designing a Database Structure to Maximize Your EMRs

Databases, specifically Structured Query Language (SQL) databases, are known for being a weak point in the different layers of security that online businesses must implement to be safe-and-secure from cyber attacks. SQL injection attacks are responsible for many of the most egregious violations of consumer data and privacy. But in the field of healthcare and... Continue reading
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Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Data

While many covered entities use electronic medical systems instead of recording patient data with pen-and-paper, information recording via electronic medical records is much faster. The Medicaid EHR incentive program has been put into place to help motivate healthcare providers to better utilize the capabilities of these systems. “Meaningful Use” is a legal term that refers... Continue reading
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Preparing for ICD-10 as a HIPAA Compliant Organization

On January 15th, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rules mandating the adoption of the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision). Originally, October 1st, 2014 was to be the date that compliance with the latest revision of the medical transaction code set (ICD-10 was mandatory. However, a new... Continue reading
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Understanding PIPEDA Data Protection for IT Pros

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is the Canadian law that serves as the rulebook on data privacy. In some regards, PIPEDA has many parallels with HIPAA in terms of the way that it mandates certain handling of electronic health information. However, PIPEDA does not concern primarily with protected health information (PHI), as... Continue reading
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Managed Services for HIPAA Hosting

Often when purchasing hosting services and online space, the product is similar between providers. Many hosting providers use the same virtualization technologies and differ only in their implementations and the physical hardware used to house the virtualized environments. What does differ drastically between providers is the quality and array of managed services offered. In many... Continue reading
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