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What is HITRUST vs. HIPAA?

HITRUST

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which passed in Congress in 1996, outlines protection and security standards for health care data. Although this was passed twenty years ago, it is still very much relevant to companies today. A new acronym you may have heard recently is HITRUST, or the Health Information Trust Alliance. Many are under the impression that HIPAA and HITRUST are at odds with each other and fail to understand how the two are related.

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HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Why You Need It

HIPAA-Compliant Secure Text Messaging

Running a hospital presents a variety of unique challenges. It is like many other businesses as it requires effective leadership and communication to run smoothly, but the extra factor is the importance of timeliness. All businesses require quick employee response, but this could not be truer for a healthcare facility. Patients and their health can be unpredictable. There should be a method of reaching healthcare professionals in a timely manner while still protecting the sensitive information being transmitted.

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Why This Producer of ID Cards Fell Victim to Data Breach

Newkirk & Healthcare Data Breaches

Newkirk Products, Inc., a company that produces ID cards for health-insurance plans reported a data breach earlier in 2016 involving unauthorized access to a server holding member information. The company reported that no social security, banking, credit card or medical data was stored on the breached server.

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Privacy Measures for Healthcare HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Compliance

Being HIPAA compliant is a must for companies involved in healthcare. In 2009 the U.S. government passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) specifically requiring audits by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. There are many ways to ensure that your business is HIPAA compliant, such as having secure software. To do that, raising privacy and security standards is of the utmost importance. Here are a couple of steps you can take to keep your protected health information secure and ready yourself for HIPAA audits.

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Healthcare Industry Wants to Increase Cybersecurity

Healthcare Industry Increasing Cybersecurity

The Healthcare industry will forever be the target of cyber attacks due to the wide array of information included in the healthcare record. The 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey released in August shows that most healthcare executives are elevating data security as a business priority.

The survey asked 150 IT security leaders if they planned to increase cybersecurity awareness, in which case 85 percent of respondents said that they did. The numbers show that data security is an issue of concern for employees who handle information in the US health sector.

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Healthcare IT Professionals Making Data Security a Priority

Healthcare Data Security

The health IT spending intentions survey conducted by TechTarget reveals that security is a top priority in the healthcare industry. The healthcare record is a valuable target for hackers and scammers, as it contains personal information, medical history and payment information.

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Hospitals Vulnerable to Camouflaged Malware Infiltration

Hospitals & Malware

Data security in the healthcare industry is crucial for patient health and safety. By using camouflaged old malware, cyber attackers have been able to penetrate existing data systems. Old malware using a new identity render these viruses unidentifiable by antivirus systems used in the healthcare industry.

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HIPAA Compliance Audits Underway in 2016

HIPAA Compliance Audits

Is your company HIPAA compliant? If you work for a hospital, health care provider, health plan or related business associate, and if your answer is no or unsure, then it is time to get on board because compliance audits are already underway this year. Although there are currently no official HIPAA compliance certifications or programs, there are training companies that offer certification credentials ensuring your company's thorough awareness of the contents of the policies.

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3 Tips to Prepare for 2016 HIPAA Audits

HIPAA Audits

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) first began conducting HIPAA audits in 2014 and is continuing with phase two this year. The purpose of these audits is to ensure the protection of each individual's personal information. The second phase examines decryption and encryption, facility access controls, and additional high risk areas that have yet to be specified. If your company is being audited, it will receive an audit notification letter from the OCR and should plan for an estimated 30 to 90 day procedure.

With this knowledge, your company can begin to prepare for the assessments to make certain that you are ready.

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Giva Customers Are Talking! Athens Regional Health System Case Study

Athens Regional Health System

Athens Regional Health System is one of northeast Georgia's largest healthcare systems. ARHS is made up of an acute care hospital with 350-plus beds, four urgent care centers, a network of quality physicians and specialists, and a home health agency. ARHS was named the Large Hospital of the Year for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Today, ARHS is recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation preferred by women.

The Challenge

Having a quality IT system is critical in running any efficient business, and a large hospital such as ARHS is no exception. Louis Duhé, Vice President and CIO, says that the hospital needed a new solution to their IT needs—one that was more efficient than their current in-house developed help desk application.

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