Solo doctor solves HIPAA multi-factor authentication need at a low cost.
(Re-posting of the article in Quality Insights of Delaware newsletter REC, 07-29-2014)
by Neil S. Kalin, MD
I am a practicing ophthalmologist in Delaware, and like many solo docs, I am also the in-house IT manager. The government has encouraged all of us to adopt EMR. About two years ago, I went “all-in” with electronic medical records (EMR) software. One of the scariest things about this process is the penalties levied by the government for a failed security audit or data breach. I have read stories of medical practices losing a hard drive or laptop and then being fined over $100,000. In addition, many major hospitals with full-time IT security teams have also been fined millions dollars for a breach. The U.S. government does not treat protecting patient’s records lightly. Read More→
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NeMCMHA implements Access Smart’s Network Access Control Solutions
Network access control solutions are needed more today than ever before because one of the key components in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the expansion of electronic health records (EHR) and personal health records (PHR) services. While great debates are going on throughout the country regarding IRS enforcement, using data for political gains and government access to patient records, the elephant in the room is still securely authenticating the access to a person’s health records. HIPAA and HITECH are not going away. Plus, according to resent Ponemon Institute’s “2013 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis” May 2013, healthcare had the highest number of data breach costs in 2012. Read More→
Multifactor Authentication required by HIPPA & HITECH
Access Smart® adds multifactor authentication to McKesson’s Paragon Hospital Information System (HIS) software. Access Smart’s Power LogOn® application requires no modifications to the Paragon software so integration is fast and easy. With Power LogOn, hospitals, clinics and other health-care providers can now address their HIPAA and HITECH compliance concerns while protecting patient’s private records. “You can’t have the health-care reform act without electronic health records,” says Judy Hanover, a health-care technology industry analyst at IDC. True, but you can’t have privacy without first authenticating who is accessing your electronic health records.
Access Smart analyzed the Paragon HIS software and quickly updated Power LogOn to now auto-launch Paragon, auto fill-in the user name and password fields, and auto shutdown Paragon when the smart card is removed. Furthermore, Power LogOn ties into Active Directory so virtually any computer, network, internet site, cloud and application that requires a user name and password can easily be secured by the same smartcard. Power LogOn can also be added to RFID access control cards for a single card solution. Read More→
HIPAA Healthcare Data Breach Fines Climb With Enforcement Boost
Re-Post By Robert Westervelt, CRN 1:48 PM EST Tue. Jan. 08, 2013
Millions of dollars in fines associated with alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act have been doled out over the last six months, a sign, according to experts, that HIPAA enforcement is shedding light on the fact that the industry lags behind others when it comes to information security.
Healthcare organizations in Massachusetts and Idaho are the latest to agree to the fines for failing to protect sensitive patient data under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
The former owners of a medical billing practice in Massachusetts and four pathology groups agreed to pay $140,000 for improperly disposing of medical records. The names, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses of 67,000 patients were discovered in documents at a town waste transfer station. Read More→