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Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches

December 10, 2018

From Reuters: But the top cause of data breaches, accounting for 42 percent of cases and 472 incidents, was theft of equipment or information by unknown outsiders or by current or former employees, the study found. Source: Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches | Reuters This confirms my research. We worry about […]

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Who owns the Data??? Dentist denied access to patient Data Base

December 10, 2018

Key Dental received a notification from its EMR vendor MOGO that it would not return the dental group’s EMR database as required at the termination of its end user license agreement. It violates both the EULA and several portions of HIPAA. As Key Dental can no longer view or monitor the database to ensure the […]

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The Creepy Line – Documentary

November 29, 2018

Very interesting documentary, worth your time. Many of the things discussed in the movie are disturbing. There is strong evidence Google and Facebook are not just gathering and exploiting your personal information they are manipulating you as well. I am not sure I buy into everything, never the less there is certainly some truth to […]

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Using Airport and Hotel Wi-Fi Is Much Safer Than It Used to Be

November 26, 2018

Good News From WIRED: AS YOU TRAVEL this holiday season, bouncing from airport to airplane to hotel, you’ll likely find yourself facing a familiar quandary: Do I really trust this random public Wi-Fi network? As recently as a couple of years ago, the answer was almost certainly a resounding no. But in the year of […]

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FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking

November 6, 2018

From Health and Human Services (HHS) According to the report, the FDA had not adequately assessed the risk that cybersecurity in medical devices can pose, which is what led to these weaknesses. Source: FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking, HHS report says Digital diagnostics linked to smart phones, smart medical devices, and […]

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Anthem to pay $16 million to OCR in HIPAA settlement

October 30, 2018

From ADA News: Anthem has agreed to pay the Office of Civil Rights $16 million dollars to settle potential HIPAA violations after cyberattacks on the company allegedly exposed the electronic protected health information of 79 million people. This is the largest HIPAA settlement in U.S. history, according to a press release from the Department of […]

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Health data breaches on the rise

October 23, 2018

From Reuters: While the largest number of data breaches occurred at health care providers’ sites – such as hospitals and physicians’ offices – it’s health care plans that account for the greatest number of patient records stolen over the past seven years, Source: Health data breaches on the rise | Reuters The linked article is a […]

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How to clear all unwanted emails from your inbox

October 22, 2018

From  Kim Komando: Unlike the popular choice to create a secondary email address for sign-ups or mandatory disclosures for exclusive offers, DEAs make it simple to receive the emails you want (and no more) straight to your primary inbox. There are a variety of options out there that provide this special service. Source: How to clear […]

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FDA launches medical device plan

October 18, 2018

From POLITICO: FDA expects this fall to update its cybersecurity guidance, which will describe how device manufacturers should build products hardened against cyber-borne attacks, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a wide-ranging speech on medical device regulations Source: FDA launches medical device plan – POLITICO The Internet of things, which includes smart medical devices, has amazing potential […]

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Here’s how to tell if your Facebook account was one of the 29 million hacked

October 16, 2018

From Mashable: Twenty-nine million Facebook users had their accounts accessed by hackers. This, as it sounds, is very bad. ..Whether or not you are one of the victims. Here’s how to check: First, while logged into your Facebook account, head on over to the Help Center and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll see one […]

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Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

October 8, 2018

From  WSJ: Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, responding to questions raised on Capitol Hill about privacy and potential misuse of the information contained in users’ emails. Source: Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts – WSJ […]

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Sunset for Windows 7 & Server 2008

October 2, 2018

From Advanced Automation Blog: Microsoft Windows will be ending extended support for Windows 2008 Server and Windows 7 desktop operating systems in January 2020. Since Windows will no longer provide security patches for these operating systems, HIPAA requires that this software be replaced or retired prior to the sunset date. You can use the section 179 […]

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Facebook Is Breached by Hackers, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk

October 1, 2018

From NYT: Facebook said on Friday that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users. The company said it discovered the breach this week. The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that allowed them to take over user accounts. Early Friday, Facebook forced more than 90 […]

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September 25, 2018



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Google is Tracking You

September 25, 2018

From Digital Content Next: The key findings include: A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to […]

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Cloud Computing ASP

September 10, 2018

A new version of an old idea has a sexy new name. What we used to call ASP which stands for Application Service Provider has be re-named “Cloud Computing”. The name Cloud refers to the fact that the application is processed not on your local server but off in the Internet at a remote server […]

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Public & Private

August 21, 2018

Some things seen on the computer monitor are public. Those are things we want the patient to see, their own chart, x-rays, photos or patient education. Other information should not be seen. That would include another patient’s chart or even the daily schedule. That is private. Another way to refer to these is the patient […]

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Data Breach Update

August 7, 2018

The US Dept. Of Health and Human Services and the Office of Civil Rights maintain a public web page with all of the reported HIPAA data breaches of 500 or more records.  The web page, commonly called the “Wall of Shame” can be found at the link below. Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services […]

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Mastercard Wins a Patent to Link Cryptocurrency With Fiat Accounts

August 2, 2018

With Mastercard’s latest patent, we’re getting closer to using our cryptocurrency credit cards to purchase goods. According to the filing, the method addresses the storing of both fiat and cryptocurrencies under one profile. This means, as a user, you’d have two linked accounts with your bank — one for your fiat wealth, and one for […]

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HIPAA COW

August 2, 2018

A nice resource:  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW)Established in 2001, HIPAA COW is a non-profit organization open to entities considered to be Covered Entities, Business Associates, and/or Trading Partners under HIPAA, as well as any other organization impacted by HIPAA regulations.Learn more about our upcoming conferences and events HIPAA […]

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