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Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

The rapid adoption of smart wearable technology among consumers has been fueling growth across the industry. In fact, the U.S. wearable technology market was valued at 61 billion in 2022 and is expected to see significant growth of nearly 15% from 2023 to 2030. For some, wearable technology is about tracking fitness, but for many these...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of HIPAA and How Medical Practices Can Avoid Non-Compliance

Most healthcare workers are familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and do their best to comply with HIPAA regulations. The majority of medical professionals understand that non-compliance can lead to severe consequences, including legal penalties, reputational damage, and loss of patient trust. Yet still, the healthcare sector accounts for the highest...

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Understanding HIPAA Requirements for Social Media and Protecting Patient Privacy Online

In today’s digital age, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. However, for healthcare organizations and providers, navigating the world of social media can be complicated. HIPAA does not explicitly say anything in regard to social media.  The standards were created before social media platforms existed.  However, social media is subject to...

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4 Keys to Success: Ensuring HIPAA Compliance in Today’s Healthcare Landscape

Most healthcare organizations and medical practices understand that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to safeguard the confidentiality, privacy and security of patients’ personal health information (PHI) and compliance is crucial to avoid legal penalties, financial losses, and reputational damage. However, still HIPAA-related incidents have been rapidly increasing over recent years. In...

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What is Cybersecurity Awareness Training and Why is it Necessary?

Healthcare cyberattacks are on the rise, but according to one report, nearly a third of healthcare employees said they had never received cybersecurity training from their workplace. What is Cybersecurity Awareness Training? Cybersecurity awareness training is the process of educating employees about the importance of cybersecurity and how to identify potential threats and respond appropriately. By educating workers...

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7 Most Frequently Asked Questions About HIPAA

HIPAA compliance can be a complex subject. If not careful, you can quickly end up on the wrong side of the law. As a national leader in HIPAA safety and compliance training, we receive hundreds of questions regarding HIPAA regulation. So, we have collected seven of the most frequently asked questions and answers about HIPAA. ...

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Top 7 HIPAA Violations to Avoid

Most healthcare organizations, medical and dental practices are fully aware of the importance of HIPAA law and take all appropriate measures to protect their patient’s health information. However, employees who are not up-to-date on HIPAA rules and regulations can sometimes put a healthcare facility at risk for a potential violation that could damage a practice’s reputation...

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What You Need to Know About the Safe Harbor Act and What it Means for Your Practice

What is the HIPAA Safe Harbor Act? The HIPAA Safe Harbor Act was signed into law by President Trump on January 5, 2021. The law states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must consider whether organizations have utilized best practices for cybersecurity when investigating a data breach and undertaking HIPAA enforcement actions....

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What You Need to Know About HIPAA and Social Media

If you work in healthcare, it’s likely you are using social media in some way, shape or form. Healthcare organizations and medical practices utilize social media to engage with patients and consumers. Physicians and nurses research medical information through the internet and social media platforms. Hospitals use social media to supply patient information, announce news...

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What You Should Know About Reporting a HIPAA Violation at Work

What is a HIPAA violation in the workplace? A HIPAA violation occurs when a covered entity or business associate compromises an individual’s personal health information (PHI). This could be from a lack of awareness, training, or appropriate safeguards of PHI. Whether large or small, willful or negligent, HIPAA violations can be damaging to any hospital...

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