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Texting, eMail, and HIPAA

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/12/18 1:15 PM

At the HIMSS Healthcare IT Conference last week in Las Vegas, Roger Severino, Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HIPAA enforcement agency, made some news when he said that health care providers may share Protected Health Information (PHI) with patients through standard text messages. Providers must first warn their patients that texting is not secure, gain the patients’ authorization, and document the patients’ consent.  Note that this only applies to communications with patients.

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Tags: Compliance, cybersecurity, data security, HIPAA

What's a "Patch Policy" and why do I need one?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 8/26/14 7:54 AM

Security is the top technology concern among small business owners, and the flood of information about new security threats can seem overwhelming at times.  Just about every week we see a new headline about a new threat or breach.  

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Tags: Microsoft Security Patches, Patch Policy, Compliance

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