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Clearwater Is Proud to Sponsor the South Florida HIMSS Chapter Fall Conference- IntegraTe

Clearwater is proud to be a sponsor at this year’s South Florida HIMSS Chapter Fall Conference: IntegraTe on November 5th.  HIMSS mission is to “lead global endeavors optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information technology.” At Clearwater we are driven by a … Continue reading

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Top 5 Facts You Need to Know About Healthcare and Risk Management

Throughout the past month, we’ve received several questions regarding Information Risk Management in healthcare. These questions come from both HIPAA Covered Entities as well as Business Associates. Many of these organizations are hearing different things about the upcoming OCR Audits … Continue reading

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Hey Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans – Have you Registered for Your HPID? Time is Running Out!

Back in September 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the final rule, which “adopts a unique [health plan] identifier (HPID) for Health Plans”. The deadline is quickly approaching for certain types of health plans, but many … Continue reading

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How is a Healthcare Information Security Pro Supposed to Keep Up…Much Less Stand Out?

Look, it’s complicated. Growing volumes of electronic health records. New government regulations…and increasing regulation enforcement. Unprecedented complexity in the IT security landscape. If you’re a healthcare information security professional, how do you keep up? Just as importantly, how do you … Continue reading

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Hammering it Home: What Healthcare Orgs Can Learn from Home Depot’s $3 Billion Breach

Just last month, Home Depot fell victim to the biggest data breach in retailing history, as 56 million of its customers’ credit cards were compromised. Surely a breach of this size (currently accounting for more than $3 billion in fraudulent … Continue reading

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Audit Your Fears: Is Your Organization Concerned Enough about a Potential OCR Investigation?

The impending HIPAA audits from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have received lots of headlines and are a source of understandable dread for many organizations. But winning (losing) the audit lottery … Continue reading

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Mary Chaput HIPAA HITECH CFO & Chief Compliance Officer

Avoid m-Health Mishaps: Fast-Changing HIPAA Rules Require Strong Leadership

Although recent security breaches at Target and other retailers have gotten more media attention, hospital data breaches are becoming more common – and alarming – with each passing month.  (more…)

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Learning to Share? The Potential and Problems for Protected Health Information (PHI) Within Health Information Exchanges

There is a perfect storm brewing in healthcare. Rapidly advancing technologies and evolving consumer expectations are forcing the industry to face a brave, and scary, new reality. Breakthroughs in how we stay connected, share information and engage online have created … Continue reading

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Great Opportunities to Get to Know Clearwater!

Take a look at some of the upcoming events that Clearwater Compliance will be hosting or attended. Click on any of the events for more information or to register. If you are attending, be sure to use the opportunity to … Continue reading

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OCR Director Announces Open Season on Risk Analysis: Organizations Can Prepare, or Prepare to Pay Up

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has decided enough is enough. As a result, it has laid down the gauntlet. Conduct a bona fide security risk analysis, or else! Risk management must come before compliance Newly named OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels … Continue reading

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