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Why Healthcare Has a Cyberattack Target On It…

14Mar 2019
By Stephen Trout, VM Racks

We’ve all heard by now that healthcare is seriously lagging in cybersecurity effectiveness. According to a recent study, healthcare ranked 15th out of 18 major U.S. industries in terms of overall cyber health. Another study indicates that in the past seven years, 2,149 breaches have occurred, amounting to 176.4 million patient records disclosed.

If you’re a member of the healthcare industry, or even just a consumer of it (aren’t we all?), these statistics should prompt you to sit up and ask, “Why does healthcare seem to have a target on its back?”…

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Mobile Device Management & HIPAA

26Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Back in 2014, Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was serving as an active business associate to six skilled nursing facilities, providing information technology services.

Unfortunately, one of their iPhones containing the unencrypted, protected health information of 412 nursing home patients – including their social security numbers, diagnosis and treatment information, and the names of family members and legal guardians – was stolen.

The resulting breach led to a $650,000 HIPAA fine.

At present, 90 percent of healthcare organizations use or plan to use mobile devices

The incident with CHCS should raise our security caution level, for the…

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Who Has Access to Your Vital Records? The Surprising Fact of Employee Snooping

21Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

According to a privacy breach survey of healthcare providers – 70% of which admitted to having at least one security breach – 35% attributed the breach to unauthorized access by employees.

Take note of that stat: essentially, the survey found that the most common cause of HIPAA security breaches is actually small-scale snooping by employees.

The results went on to reveal that 27% of breaches occurred when an employee viewed the medical records of friends and family, and 35% when employees checked the medical records of their work colleagues.

Secure and Appropriate Collaboration

It goes without saying that the…

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How a DevSecOps Mindset Promotes Better Security and Productivity

21Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Changing a company’s security culture is hard sometimes. Consider the techy world of applications development, if you will. (Even if this doesn’t apply strictly to you, the lessons are helpful).

Typically, as one network security expert points out, the old ways of bringing usable software to market involved “every man to his island.” You had an IT island, a DevOps island, and last but not least, a Security island.

The Devops island had its goal: do continuous deployment and continuous release of code, with automation being a driving force wherever possible. Sure, you employed a Source Code scanner…

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A TotalHIPAA Podcast

19Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Andrew Kroninger, TOTAL HIPAA’s Director of Customer Success, recently interviewed Gil Vidals, founder and CEO of VM Racks, a HIPAA compliant cloud managing solution. The two discussed Gmail’s potential for HIPAA compliant email messaging. You can listen to this episode of our podcast HIPAA Talk! here or on your mobile device via Apple Podcasts. Or, read our summary:

AK: Can I email PHI?

GV: HIPAA mandates that you protect PHI (Protected Health Information) in transit, in storage, and at rest. There is a common misconception that email is a secure way to send and receive PHI. On…

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The VM Racks Story

19Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

(The following is a transcription of a podcast produced by CloudBerry, where each week Doug Hazelman talks to different managed service providers about their business)

Doug: Hello and welcome to the MSP Voice Webinar series. Today I’m pleased to be joined by Gil Vidals, from VM Racks, and he’ll be talking about their HIPAA compliant cloud. So Gil, why don’t you go ahead and take it away.

Gil: Alright Doug, thanks for inviting me. I’m looking forward to talking about my passion. You’re looking at a picture of a guy (who’s not me – but looks just like…

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HIPAA and HIPPOCRATES

19Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

The Department of Justice recently charged a physician for violating HIPAA Rules, after he permitted a sales representative from a major pharmaceuticals company to access the confidential health information of his patients – without their consent.

The motive, as usual, was greed. If particular patients could be targeted for the new drug, the pharmaceutical company as well as the doctor stood to gain.

The result? The pharmaceuticals company pleaded guilty, and was fined $35 million; the doctor also pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 6 months probation with a fine.

Now, whether the physician should have actually lost his license or…

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When an employee saw an “urgent” email from her boss

19Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

…requesting that she purchase $1,000 worth of Google Play gift cards to give to company clients, she wasted no time. “In hindsight, I should have been like, ‘This is weird,’ but your boss asks you to do something and you do it,” said Kari Hornfeldt, a Chicago marketing professional.

When the company credit card didn’t process, Kari purchased the cards using her own debit card, trusting the company would reimburse her. It turns out, the company knew nothing about it.

Kari and her company soon discovered they’d been scammed, by an increasingly common (and surprisingly effective)…

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So you’ve developed a nifty new app for healthcare, and need it secured for HIPAA compliance? Perfect, we can help

26Jan 2019
By Stephen Trout, VM Racks

But realize, that’s only a start. Consider the reality: a 7-year study conducted by researchers from Michigan State and Johns Hopkins University found that approximately 53% of all data breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) were actually the result of internal negligence.

Reasons for these data breaches might include:

  • theft of data by current or former employees
  • poor password policies
  • careless use of laptops or mobile devices
  • stolen hard drives (from the workplace, or employee’s cars or homes) with unencrypted data
  • email phishing scams, etc.

All of which to say that when an HIPAA auditor comes…

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Examining Your Social Media Policies for HIPAA Compliance

18Jan 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

With over 2.8 billion users worldwide – over a third of the world’s population – social media is fast changing the way we communicate. In the U.S. alone, the percentage of adults using some form of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn, has risen dramatically, from 8% in 2005 to nearly 70% in 2018.

Increasingly, healthcare workers and their patients are among those realizing the benefits: sharing articles on the latest medical research, networking and making referrals, marketing their practices to new and existing clients, and even communicating directly with patients about their care.

Staying Compliant with…

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