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7 Ways to Improve Customer Data Privacy Management and Software

Customer Data Privacy Management

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Customer data privacy management is essential in all business sectors, not only from a legal perspective, but as part of the customer experience. Customers trust organizations and service providers with their information and personal data.

Any organization that fails to provide reasonable and adequate safeguards for personal information and data is in breach of what customers and legislation expects.

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"I'm Not a Doctor." But Are You a HIPAA Business Associate? Why You Should Care About HIPAA

Non-Medical HIPAA Business Associates

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Who does HIPAA apply to? A common misconception is that HIPAA only applies to healthcare organizations and their administrators, like family practitioners, cardiologists, and hospitals. While it is a predominant concern for this sector and its related specialists, HIPAA coverage expands to many other industries — anywhere there is personal health information (PHI) collected, stored, or shared — think of personal injury law firms as an example. So, if you work or use services outside of the healthcare field, you should educate yourself on how HIPAA rules and non-compliance can affect you, and we have some tips for consideration.

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Understanding HIPAA Telephone Rules and Phone Calls

HIPAA Telephone Rules & Phone Calls

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We live in a hyper-connected society. Almost everyone we know has a cell phone, tablet, or computer — maybe all and more. These devices are designed to make our day-to-day activities more efficient and enjoyable. While healthcare is rarely an enjoyable experience, there are always means that can be used to make it more comfortable. One of those solutions comes with improved technology that allows patients and providers to communicate and share data with speed and ease. The most common way improved communication occurs between both parties is through personal electronic devices, like smartphones. Although this sounds like a great idea, it has not exactly taken off. This is mainly because HIPAA still applies.

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12 Questions Mental Health Providers Ask When Evaluating EHR Tools

Selecting mental health EHR Software

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Those working as mental health providers over the last decade have experienced a shift in how tools are used to help their practices. This is true for both large mental health facilities and solo practitioners. Electronic health record (EHR) tools along with electronic medical record (EMR) tools have made many processes easier for mental health professionals, whether they be behavioral health, therapy, counseling EHRs, or any number of mental health categories.

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HIPAA and "Body" or "Patient Brokering": Balancing Lead Generation With Privacy Laws

Understanding Patient Body Brokering HIPAA Privacy Regulations

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Drugs destroy lives. America is in the middle of a drug addiction epidemic. Over 1 million people have died from overdoses in 20 years, since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started recording overdose deaths in 1999.

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Is Google Workspace HIPAA Compliant? Gmail, Meet, Drive & Other G Suite Apps

Is Google Workspace HIPAA Compliant

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Rising data breaches in healthcare have paved the way for compliance laws to keep patients' medical data secure. Thousands of healthcare providers in the US are now legally required to adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As a result, they need to use HIPAA-compliant technologies when corresponding with clients and patients online. 

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing in Healthcare

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In industries across the spectrum, cloud computing is far outpacing physical storage infrastructure. It may provide you a sense of security knowing your data is physically on-site, however, these systems often take up valuable space, are easily compromised (including physical theft), and cost a fortune to maintain. The cloud is a "new" technology that provides an efficient working model that is secure for any industry, especially those that house sensitive data like governments, financial institutions, and healthcare.

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Before You Choose Behavioral or Mental Health Apps For Your Practice

Mental Health Apps

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More people than ever before are seeking treatment for mental health conditions.

One of the ways patients are doing this is through mental health apps. Some of the most popular on the market include Calm, Headspace, and Talkspace Online Therapy. Other apps are focusing on specific problems, such as Quit That! to help people break unhealthy habits and addictions.

eMoods is designed to help those with bipolar disorder track their moods. notOK is an app designed to prevent suicide.

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Virtual Private Network (VPN) Pros and Cons for Business

VPN Pros and Cons for Business

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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) were already popular amongst numerous organizations and sectors before the pandemic. Now, with remote and hybrid work so widespread, companies need to be even more conscious of the way they allow employees and contractors to access files and internal systems.  You may ask "Do VPN's really work?" Continue reading to find out.

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The Biggest Healthcare Challenges for 2022 (and Beyond)

Healthcare's Biggest Challenges

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The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has driven the healthcare industry through several simultaneous changes and challenges. Record patient levels, hospital staff shortages, remote work, and HIPAA exemptions have all made appearances at one point or another. Healthcare organization CEOs and other management figures have dealt with many of these situations on the fly, without much warning. As we progress through 2022 and beyond, what should the industry expect from a change perspective? Continue reading to find out how you can stay ahead of the curve! 

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