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Best Practices

HIPAA Risk Assessments are Not Optional

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HIPAA Assessments are Not OptionalThe end of the year is almost here. If your healthcare organization hasn’t had at least one Security Risk Assessment in the last 12 months, your organization may be out of compliance. Keeping up with HIPAA and Meaningful Use regulations and requirements can be a huge drain – both financially and emotionally. Small practices generally cite insufficient staff or time to keep the practice running while also researching and creating the required security practices, policies and procedures as well as ensuring staff is getting HIPAA training. You’ve been entrusted to care for your patients, and that includes protecting their ePHI. We know it’s overwhelming and Weston is here to help.

HIPAA News You Can Use

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HIPAA NewsA couple of stories from the last month or so that are required reading if you are a HIPAA-regulated company or plan on ever doing business with HIPAA-regulated companies: Make sure your BAAs are in order and small security breaches are the new target.

healthcareitOregon Health & Science University (OHSU) had a data breach in 2013 that resulted in a recently-assessed $2.7 million HIPAA violation settlement. The sad thing was, they knew they had these problem (as they had run several risk analyses that showed issues), but didn’t take measures to fix them. While OHSU is a large teaching hospital, the lessons learned here are lessons that apply to any business of any size – medical or otherwise -- that has access to electronic protected health information (ePHI). Read on for a few things that OHSU could have done to help prevent this from happening.

HIPAAIf you’re a healthcare company, you know how keeping your operation upright and minimizing downtime and keeping your patient data safe is critical. We have talked about the importance of planning for the worst, even learning from our own example. As a healthcare company, your patients are your number one priority. Should any of this information become compromised, it can hinder your ability to deliver healthcare services. On top of that, entire systems can fall victim to ransomware, locking healthcare providers out of important patient data. As people’s lives can quite literally depend on a healthcare provider’s ability to access their health information, there isn’t any time to waste and you need to have a solution in-place. Download Weston’s free whitepaper on Healthcare Business Continuity in Healthcare to discover how much you could lose, how vulnerable you are, and how you can protect yourself.

computerconfusion 1Shopping for a new computer can be a confusing process. We’ve worked with businesses long enough (over 20 years!) to know there is no one-size-fits all computer option that will work for all business uses. We are a certified reseller of many of the popular brands (Dell, HP, Lenovo, to name a few) and will happily work with you to quote out a computer to fit your needs for you and your business (just email to get the conversation moving). If you’re shopping or considering a new computer at all for your business, there are several things you need to consider.