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You’re probably familiar with Yelp (you can find us on there, both in Anchorage and Bend). It’s the leading crowd-sourced rating site for restaurants, hotels and just about anything else. It’s also host to healthcare reviews, and many physicians and clinics are on the site. Yelp gives you the option to reply to reviews, both positive and negative. What you need to be aware of, though, is that it could be a HIPAA violation if you reply to a review.
A recent study from Intermedia found 93 percent of employees engage in at least one form of poor data security. And 23 percent of respondents admitted they would take data from their company if it would benefit them. Long story short, you can have all the technology security in the world, but your biggest vulnerability lies in your people – from regular employees up to managers and owners. What are some of the issues that researchers found?
A Miami-area hospital was tagged with a $5.5 million fine recently for HIPAA violations. Among the multitude of violations that were cited was one we’ve seen in some of the HIPAA security risk assessments we’ve performed: poor access management, including not disabling access for terminated or former employees. Not disabling those accounts can cost you.
Even if you’re not a medical office or clinic, if your business deals with HIPAA-regulated industries at all, there’s a pretty good chance you should be following HIPAA news as well. And really, following the headlines of an industry that takes protecting confidential data very seriously is never a bad thing. Here are some recent headlines that should be paid attention to, especially if you’re a HIPAA-regulated business.
The 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.