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When Must an App be HIPAA Compliant?

When Must an App be HIPAA Compliant

In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of health apps being developed and there is no indication that this will slow down anytime soon. In the second quarter of 2019, the number of available iOS health apps reached 47,878, almost a six percent increase over the previous quarter. This number only represents the App Store. Moreover, with the spread of HIPAA compliant home speaker devices like Alexa, it has become extremely important to understand when apps are subjected to HIPAA compliance.

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6 Legal Updates Affecting Healthcare Security in 2019/2020

6 Legal Updates Affecting Healthcare Security in 2019 2020

In recent months, a large number of states have sought to improve their healthcare security in various ways. Each of the following amendments and laws that have been passed tackles a different aspect of personal information protection including PHI and other sensitive data. But the list below is not only limited to the laws themselves, rather it includes any precedents that may have a significant effect on how healthcare is dealt with in the future.

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Will You Be Affected By The California Consumer Privacy Act?

Will You Be Affected By The California Consumer Privacy Act

In June of 2018, California passed the Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a law with similar rules to the European GDPR, which is set to be enforced on January 1 of 2020. However, on September 23, the California government approved an amendment (labelled SB 1121) to modify important areas of the act and to improve consumer privacy and security rights. The CCPA and the upcoming changes are not only expected to affect Californian organizations, but also ones that conduct business in the state, meaning that the U.S. market will most likely be affected. Below is a list of changes that are expected to occur as a result of the amendments:

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3 Reasons Why Any Organization Should Consider Becoming HIPAA Compliant

Transitioning to the Cloud

Transitioning & Using Cloud Software

The research company Gartner has made a prediction that $1 trillion typically used for IT spending will now be targeted towards cloud computing rather than conventional IT equipment. Companies are more commonly spending their budgets on software rather than physical equipment that performs the same duties. This industry shift in spending on the cloud indicates the increasing realization of its importance.

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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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Is Your Company a HIPAA Business Associate?

HIPAA Covered Entities & Business Associates

HIPAA laws concerning the privacy and security of health information are quite strict. Currently, business associates of HIPAA covered entities must also be HIPAA-compliant. Most businesses are aware whether or not their company is a HIPAA covered entity or not, but what about a HIPAA business associate? If you signed a HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA), defined here, then you are definitely a business associate. The following are some of the instances where there might be some questions:

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The Importance of Knowledge Management

Benefits of Knowledge Management

Effective knowledge management (KM) is essential to almost any business. Regardless of its size or subject matter, a company should use the knowledge it possesses in the most effective way possible. Techopedia gives a detailed definition of KM here, but essentially KM is about sharing information and applying it to situations. KM helps to create a sort of "knowledge network" so that when someone does not know something, they have an easy way to find an answer. Here are some reasons why KM is important for businesses:

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5 Benefits of Workforce Diversity

Workforce Diversity

Workforce diversity entails that people from a mixture of cultures, ages, backgrounds, and races are working together. In recent studies, workforce diversity has been found to be valuable for public organizations and private firms. According to the IOSR Journal of Business and Management, these five factors are common benefits of workforce diversity:

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Tips for Reducing IT Involvement During Audit Season

SOX IT Audit

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 required senior executives to assume individual responsibility of the accuracy of financial reports. The regulations were incredibly muddled, and for many years, company filings were needlessly sent back and forth between IT teams and company auditors.

To remedy the woes of IT executives during audit season, Michael Bargerhuff outlines a couple of helpful solutions for tech companies in his article "SOX: How to Exponentially Reduce the Impact on IT."

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