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Anonymize Your PHI With These Strategies

Managing your EHR data can sometimes feel all-consuming. Are you doing everything in your power to keep your data safe and secure?

According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, restrictions only apply to individually identifiable protected health information (PHI). If you can de-identify PHI so the identities of individuals cannot be discovered, PHI can be freely shared.

There’s a New Threat That Makes Medical Devices Vulnerable

Log4j is a tool used to help a programmer create output log statements to a variety of output targets. When you have a problem somewhere in the system, this tool is useful to have a log of data to sort through to help locate the issue. It’s part of the open-source library, meaning it’s used across many popular apps and websites, and is located on potentially hundreds of millions of devices across the world.

Why Mobile Credentials Are Important to a Growing Practice

Remember when you needed separate keys or cards for everything you did? You kept keys on a keyring, or cards in a wallet, pulling each out depending on where you were and where you were going.

But wallets and keyrings can be lost or misplaced. Depending on your lifestyle, you could end up with a pocketful of entry tools, one each for every single thing you needed access to.

5 Most Common HIPAA Violations Healthcare Providers Face Regularly

As a medical provider, how often do you think about the impact of HIPAA on your standard policies and procedures? Are you handling protected health information according to guidelines? Or are you putting data and information in compromising situations daily?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the five most common compliance issues investigated include:

Impermissible uses and disclosures of protected health information
Lack of safeguards when dealing with protected health information
Lack of patient access to their protected health information
Lack of administrative safeguards when dealing with protected health information
Lack of technical safeguards when dealing with protected health information

As a response, the American Medical Association has created a Patient Records Electronic Access Playbook to aid in helping medical professionals define the roles they have in sharing and safeguarding patient health records.