PHI breaches

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel This article first ran as a featured guest post in Electronic Health Reporter on September 22, 2014. The theft of 4.5 million medical records by Chinese hackers recently, coupled with the news that as-yet unidentified hackers were able to penetrate the U.S. government’s…

HIPAA BAA

HIPAA BAAs and HIPAA Cloud Hosting

All HIPAA/HITECH-regulated organizations in the process of selecting a HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting provider should expect their chosen vendor to sign a HIPAA/HITECH Business Associate Agreement (BAA).* But here’s the rub. It’s easy to find a cloud hosting provider who says, “Yeah, we’ll sign a BAA.” However, it’s quite another to find a provider who is…

HIPAA rules

September 23: HIPAA Rules Kick in, Impacting Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO If you’re a company in the health care industry, you have just 47 days to get your act together on planning for IT disaster recovery. That’s right. Beginning Sept. 23, the HIPAA/HITECH rules governing protected health information (PHI) secure data backup and recovery will be enforced, and some businesses…