HIPAA, Privacy, and Confidentiality

Dec 13, 2017
Disaster Preparedness for Your Medical Practice
Julie Brightwell, JD, RN
Recent fires, hurricanes, and floods nationwide have highlighted the importance of planning for disasters. Physicians are critical participants in disaster preparedness, ensuring that patient care and critical services are not interrupted—especially for at-risk individuals who may have special medical needs.

Aug 28, 2017
The Search for Mary Smith
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors
A case study illustrating the importance of researching healthcare technologies thoroughly before implementing them.
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Jun 12, 2017
Cybersecurity Must Be Part of Every Healthcare Professional’s Job
Craig Musgrave, CIO, The Doctors Company
Recent cyberattacks have been devastating. They’ve cost billions of dollars, angered and potentially endangered patients, eroded the reputation of healthcare organizations, and left institutions and individual physicians exposed to HIPAA violations. Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue. Every employee and every organization needs do their part.

Jun 12, 2017
Cyberattacks Threaten Patient Safety
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
When it comes to cybersecurity, more than money and IT security are at risk—patient safety is also compromised by a cyberattack.

Feb 18, 2017
Up for Review: Five Keys to Managing Online Criticism
Kevin Pho, MD, Founder and Editor, KevinMD.com
No matter how professional and caring a doctor you may be, eventually you will face criticism on the web. Here are five keys to managing that criticism.

Aug 16, 2016
Cybersecurity: Mitigate Against Hacking, Ransomware, and Data Breach Risks
Cybercrime costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars each year and causes organizations to devote substantial time and resources to keeping their information secure. These resources can help you protect your practice from this emerging area of risk.

Jul 26, 2016
Ransomware Attacks: HIPAA Burden Falls to the Hospital or Medical Practice
Craig Musgrave, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, The Doctors Company
Under its recently released guidance, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) now presumes that a ransomware attack compromises electronic protected health information (ePHI)—unless the HIPAA-covered entity can prove otherwise.

Mar 25, 2015
Be Cybersecure: Protect Patient Records, Avoid Fines, and Safeguard Your Reputation
David McHale, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, The Doctors Company
Cybercrime costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars each year, and healthcare organizations are the most frequently attacked. This article outlines steps you can take to be fully compliant with HIPAA privacy and security rules and to avoid breaches.

Mar 24, 2015
Up in the Cloud: Is It Safe to Store PHI on Remote Servers?
David McHale, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, The Doctors Company
Cloud storage is a convenient and cost-effective solution for medical practices and facilities, but precautions must be taken to ensure stored patient data is secure. This article has tips for choosing a cloud service provider.

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