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Small healthcare provider HIPAA FAQs

As a smaller healthcare provider or business owner, getting your head around HIPAA compliance can be tough. In recognition of this, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has a whole section on its website that is dedicated to answering a number of HIPAA-related questions that are frequently asked by  small organizations. While […]

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Overcoming big compliance challenges on a small practice budget

HIPAA compliance presents a constant challenge for all healthcare providers, but can prove particularly difficult for small practices that may not possess the resources or budgets to match their larger counterparts.   A major advantage large organizations have is access to bigger budgets, which allows them to invest in the best staff, regular training, and […]

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Minimizing clinical errors through better communication

Minimizing clinical errors through better communication A study by The Doctors Company has revealed that 10% of malpractice claims against plastic surgeons are caused by ineffective communication. The company analyzed approximately 1,400 claims against plastic surgeons over a 9 year period and found that communication between patient or family and provider was the joint third […]

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5 cyber threats to be aware of in 2018

5 cyber threats to be aware of in 2018 You don’t need to be a cybersecurity expert to know that cybercrime is a growing problem, not only in healthcare, but across all industries. To examine the issues further, we’ve pulled out some key findings from Symantec’s 2018 Internet Security Threat Report, and listed five threats […]

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Home health & HIPAA: A journey, not a destination

Home health & HIPAA: A journey, not a destination HIPAA compliance is a journey, not a destination. For home health agencies in particular, this journey presents a number of unique obstacles and challenges along the way. In our Home Health & HIPAA guide, we explore five of the most common HIPAA compliance challenges faced by […]

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Ransomware is on the rise and healthcare is suffering

The 2018 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) by Verizon has revealed that ransomware is a growing problem. In the 2014 DBIR report, ransomware ranked 22nd on the list of most common malware threats in data breach cases; in 2016, it jumped up to the fifth; and now, ransomware tops the list, accounting for 39% of […]

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GDPR is coming… and it’s tougher than HIPAA

GDPR is coming… and it’s tougher than HIPAA General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new framework for data protection laws, will force organizations to think well beyond the realms of the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance this year and beyond. GDPR will fundamentally modify how individuals’ personal and sensitive data can be processed, […]

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Have you tried the DocbookMD secure mobile messaging app?

Have you tried the DocbookMD secure mobile messaging app? The all-new DocbookMD mobile app makes HIPAA-secure messaging between healthcare professionals a simple and straightforward process. Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, or prefer to utilize the web for your messaging needs, DocbookMD has you covered! But don’t just take our word for it… With […]

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More reasons to be wary of texting in healthcare

We’ve spoken many times before about the risks associated with text messaging from a HIPAA compliance perspective, but there are other reasons to be wary of texting in the medical environment. Back in November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an email to healthcare providers, explaining that the use of text […]