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Jul 15, 2019

The Targeting of Private Medical Office Data

Medical offices throughout the country are being targeted for the conversion of their data for illegal purposes. Most of what we hear about in the news concerns data breaches experienced by large corporations, involving information belonging to millions of individuals. Although these breaches affect many more people, they make privacy efforts of individual and group practitioners no less important.» Read More

Jun 28, 2019

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates

With the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, business associates became directly liable for certain privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Business associates are those individuals or entities (other than employees) who perform functions or activities on behalf of, or provide certain services to, covered entities which require access to protected health information (PHI).» Read More

Nov 05, 2018

Daylight Savings Time a Problem for Electronic Health Records Systems

The developers of EPIC Systems, the electronic health records software systems used by numerous hospitals, have not figured out how to handle daylight savings time changes, even after years in operation and multiple daylight savings time changes.  The software can delete records and requires cumbersome work arounds for health information entered between 1 a.m.» Read More

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