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WannaCry Update

May 22, 2017

From Strategy Page: The incident began with the activation of ransomware malware called WannaCry. What made WannaCry so dangerous was that it made use of several capabilities including a hidden (but findable) backdoor program that tried to spread WannaCry to Microsoft Windows computers that had a known vulnerability but were not updated to remove the […]

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Windows XP Makes Ransomware and Other Threats So Much Worse

May 17, 2017

The mass weekend ransomware attack now being called “Wannacry” has all the elements of a spy thriller. The attack supposedly uses secret hacks stolen from the NSA and was “accidentally” thwarted by a young computer wiz. From WIRED: AS A VICIOUS new strain of ransomware swept the UK’s National Health Service yesterday, shutting off services at […]

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Protect Your Office from Ransomware

May 16, 2017

From ADA News: Some good advice in light of the WannaCry mass ransomware attack over the weekend. Backup your data regularly and keep a copy off-site: Backing up your data regularly and keeping a secured copy offsite can help protect you from ransomware, and would also be useful in the case of a disaster like […]

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Ransomware Leads the Way in 2017’s Predicted Rise in Health Data Theft

May 15, 2017

UPDATE: I found and wrote this before the huge world wide ransomware attach over the weekend.  Some have dubbed the attack as an opening salvo in World Cyber War I. …the real surge in healthcare data crime is expected in ransomware in which a data thief holds a patient’s records for ransom.  According to a recent […]

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Federally qualified health center settles $400,000 HIPAA breach

May 4, 2017

From ADA News: The federal government in April settled a potential violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act with a Denver-area federally qualified health center that was reportedly the victim of a 2012 phishing attack. Source: Federally qualified health center settles $400,000 HIPAA breach Another big fine. The breach was from an e-mail scam […]

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Health Data Sharing Is Increasing, But Confidence in Privacy Security Lags

May 2, 2017

From RealClearHealth: More patient health data is being shared for approved purposes, with almost 57 percent of organizations possessing such data reporting sharing and over 55 percent increasing the amount shared. However, these same organizations lack confidence in their ability to protect privacy, increasing reputational and other risks if patient identities are exposed. Source: Health Data […]

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Patient photos with a Smartphone

May 1, 2017

If you are using a smart phone for patient photos such as before and after images, diagnostic planning photos or even ID photos for the digital chart, you might have a HIPAA problem. If the dentist or team member has their phone set up for cloud storage of images, and most of us do, then […]

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Ransomware is Everywhwere

April 28, 2017

This is amazing and scary. Three different people in my Utah Dental Society audience had suffered a recent ransomware attack!

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Hacking is only 8%

April 28, 2017

Mysterious Internet hackers from China or Russia are frightening but account for only a small percentage of reported data breaches. The office of Health and Human Services maintains an online listing of all reported medical dental data breaches in the US.  This web page often referred to as “The Wall of Shame” lists every reported […]

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Advocate Health Care Network pays $5.55 million to settle data breach case

April 11, 2017

Advocate, one of the nation’s biggest health care systems which operates 12 hospitals and more than 200 other treatment locations in Illinois, faced multiple potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when laptops containing patient information were stolen from its Park Ridge office about three years ago, Source: Advocate Health Care Network […]

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FBI Warns of Cyber Threat to Dental Offices

April 3, 2017

From Network World: The FBI warns that attackers are targeting vulnerable FTP servers used by small medical and dental offices as a way to obtain medical records and other sensitive personal information. Source: FBI warns of attacks on anonymous FTP servers | Network World FTP is an older protocol with known vulnerabilities, however many small […]

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OCR responds to ADA question about dental labs and HIPAA

March 28, 2017

From OCR through the ADA, Dental labs do NOT need to sign a BAA for HIPAA: Dental laboratories aren’t required to sign business associate agreements before dental practices share protected health information for treatment of an individual, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, because a dental laboratory meets the […]

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HIPAA Documentation and Data Safety

March 24, 2017

Compliance IQ Webinar March 29 We will start with some basic technology concepts that will help you understand and use all technology more effectively. We will then show you how to create electronic records that are fast, easy to use, easy to read and will protect you from litigation. Once you have electronic digital records, […]

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Stung by Yelp Reviews, Health Providers Spill Patient Secrets

March 16, 2017

From ProPublica: Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism. In the course of these arguments — which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and massage therapists, among others, have divulged details of […]

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An Onsite Secure Storage Option

March 7, 2017

ioSafe Server 5 is a fire- and waterproof, scalable and customizable data protection solution that enhances data security while significantly improving recovery times. Source: ioSafe Products Server5 Overview Another data storage option. This is a fire proof water proof server. The theory is that you can have your data back immediately after a disaster without […]

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Data Breaches in Dentistry Webinar

March 3, 2017

HIPAA compliance consists largely of having the right forms and signatures. On the other hand, paperwork will not protect you or your patients from the most common kinds of data breaches. Learn important real world measures dentists should be taking that can make an actual difference in patient data security, including the one and only […]

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Mission Critical Failure

February 27, 2017

In dentistry we rely on a number of mission critical systems. If these critical systems fail we cannot do dentistry. This includes the air compressor, the central vac and maybe even the curing light. Most dentists have an emergency plan to back up a failure in a mission critical system. You may have a small […]

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Office for Civil Rights announces $3.2 million penalty

February 20, 2017

From ADA News: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights said Feb. 1 that it had finalized a $3.2 million civil money penalty against the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas following multiple alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations between 2009-13. Source: Office for Civil Rights announces $3.2 million […]

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Adventure CE for the Whole Team

February 17, 2017

Look HERE for information and Registration. We have priced the event to make it easy to bring the whole team.

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“You took so much time to joke me”—two hours trolling a Windows support scammer

February 16, 2017

From  Ars Technica: Technical support scams are the bottom of the barrel for cyber-crime. Using well-worn social engineering techniques that generally only work on the least sophisticated computer users, these bootleg call-center operations use a collection of commercially available tools to either convince their victims to pay exorbitant fees for “security software” or extort them to gain […]

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