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International Invasion: Community Health Systems Breach Shows Information Security Risks Have Gone Global

The recent data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) of Franklin, Tennessee, clearly demonstrates the global nature of information security risks and the growing threat of hackers within healthcare. With millions of patient records compromised, is your organization taking this … Continue reading

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Come and See Clearwater at Upcoming Industry Events!

Clearwater Compliance will be in a neighborhood near you! We try to attend as many industry events as possible throughout the year, in order to network with other professionals and meet our customers in person. We also support many of these … Continue reading

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mobile security for PHI

Texting While Treating – 5 Tips for Protecting Yourself When Taking Patient Conversations Mobile

With the proliferation of mobile technologies and a steady shift toward smartphone interactions as a predominant mode of communications for many consumers, you may be considering texting as a more effective and efficient way to communicate among providers and/or with … Continue reading

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The Importance of Designating Covered Functions v. Non-Covered Functions Under HIPAA

In the ways businesses operate today, it is quite common for an entity to comply with multiple regulations and laws.  HIPAA allows single legal entities that perform both covered functions and non-covered functions under HIPAA to designate themselves as “Hybrid … Continue reading

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Bob Chaput, CEO

CEO-to-CEO – Risk Management At What Cost, CEO?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series CEO-to-CEO

In its August 18, 2014 8-K filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Community Health Systems “confirmed that its computer network was the target of an external, criminal cyber attack that the Company believes occurred in April and June, … Continue reading

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Data security alert

FBI’s Warning to the Healthcare Industry – Hackers Are Coming for Your Data

This week, the FBI released a formal alert warning that healthcare related systems are being targeted by malicious actors. The FBI believes with HIGH confidence that these systems are being targeted, possibly for the purpose of obtaining Protected Health Information … Continue reading

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Six Steps to Fully Compliant Business Associate Agreements

The HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, yet many organizations are still feeling the pressure of a time crunch to create updated business associate agreements. As the one-year grace period extended to existing BAAs comes to a … Continue reading

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The Long Arm of the Law: State Breach Notification Rules Creating Additional Headaches for Healthcare Organizations

A new law in Florida is the latest effort by an individual state to fill the void left by ambiguous federal law regarding breach notification. In Florida, the new law fundamentally changes what information is protected and who is responsible … Continue reading

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Bob Chaput, CEO

CEO-to-CEO – Data Breach Creates Board & C-Suite Risk Management Turmoil

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series CEO-to-CEO

At the end of May, Fox Business News reported that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a proxy adviser, suggested that seven of 10 directors at the retail giant be removed from office because the board of directors did not do enough … Continue reading

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The Surprising Consequences of Health Plan Data Breaches

With all the commotion surrounding health reform, it’s easy for senior leaders at group health plans to lose focus on data security. They may get lulled into complacency by two fallacies about data breaches: that only big retailers are experiencing … Continue reading

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