HIPAA Privacy

Encryption, an Ounce of Prevention…

by Jerome Carter on April 16, 2012 · 0 comments

Increasingly, data breaches are in the news.  Reports of stolen desktops, lost jump drives, and misplaced laptops seem to show up constantly.   If it seems that you are now hearing more about breaches than in years past, you are correct, and the HITECH Act is probably the major reason. One component of the privacy/security provisions […]


HIPAA Requirements for Meaningful Use Objective 15

by Jerome Carter on December 12, 2011 · 0 comments

Each of the three previous posts in this series addressed a different aspect of security: information security principles, HIPAA changes in the HITECH Act, and the components of the HIPAA security rule. The subject of this post is meaningful use objective 15, which states: Objective: Protect electronic health information created or maintained by the certified […]


Be Warned, Now HIPAA Has Teeth

by Jerome Carter on November 28, 2011 · 0 comments

Enacted in 1996, HIPAA has long been a source of irritation for healthcare organizations, but not much of a threat.    In fact, until recently, being hit by lightning was far more likely than being punished for violating any of the rule’s privacy or security provisions.  Naturally, many began to view HIPAA as a paper tiger.  […]


Information Security: A Practical Guide

by Jerome Carter on November 9, 2011 · 0 comments

Information security is not a glamorous topic. However, HIPAA (1) has made it an unavoidable concern for those who use healthcare information systems.  Unfortunately, this very important topic is often presented in a way that is difficult to understand unless one is a security professional. My goal in this series of posts is to make […]