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It’s the people, people.

When developing training courses for Privacy and Security Awareness programs I keep trying to find new and different ways to get the important points across.  Real world examples seem to make the most impact when it comes to the participation in live training.  That got me to thinking…. It really is all about the people. […]

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HIPAA Compliance Consulting

Ok, so why not try something new

Introducing a podcast designed to provide Privacy and Security compliance information but also with a few my odd perspectives thrown in there.  The Help Me With HIPAA podcast features yours truly and David Sims, founder of HIPAAforMSPs.com.  David has his own quirks and odd perspectives to throw into the mix.  We hope you will learn a little something while […]

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We can do this. It’s easy.

An iconic symbol of on-the-job hilarity is the I Love Lucy episode in the candy factory.  The vision of Ethel and Lucy shoving candy in their mouths, tops, and hats as the conveyor belt moves past can’t help  but make you laugh. Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball ham it up at the chocolate factory in […]

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Frankenhand!

Just after the first of the year, I had surgery on my right hand. I have spent the weeks since then adapting to not having full use of that hand for several months as it heals. That is definitely a challenge for someone who is fiercely right-handed. Most of my friends saw the incision that runs from palm […]

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Business Associate Agreement – Yours, Mine, or Ours?

Takeaways: Updated BAA deadline is Sept 23, 2014 and 5 Tips for managing your BAAs. Who is really in control of the content of the Business Associate Agreements to be signed? It has been a frequent question now that BAAs are required everywhere.  Just who gets to control what is in the BAA gets down […]

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Russian Password Hack – Why Security Matters

Takeaways:  If you use the same user name and password for anything that has access to PHI and some other mundane website or service (even a small one) change it today.  In fact, make sure you change all your PHI passwords to something different.  If one is hacked, the others still have fighting chance. Security […]

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Are your BAs hiring Gilligan, Gomer, or Barney?

It is becoming increasingly apparent that Business Associates should be taking their responsibility more seriously than they have in the past.  Although, the past could be in previous years or, for some, just yesterday.  The recent settlement of the class-action lawsuit against Stanford Hospital & Clinic over a PHI breach should provide the impetus to […]

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Add More To Your HIPAA Heartbleed Review List

Just as I mentioned in my earlier post on Heartbleed, there would be more to come.  Just hours after finishing that article I was reading the latest articles on the status of the situation.  This thing seems to get worse every day to many people.  I am not as shocked by the number of devices […]

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Breach Is Gonna Get You!

Gamblers spend years and fortunes trying to “beat the odds” often to no avail.  They know they are taking a major risk but they are looking for the big payoff.   If you are a numbers person, you boil things down to statistics or dollars and cents.  Those numbers help you make decisions based on […]

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HHS Resolution Theme Song Nomination: I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am

The resolution agreement with Adult & Pediatric Dermatology seems like the problems have mostly been heard before.  It isn’t new, they seem to all have a similar verse.  Therefore, I nominate the Herman’s Hermits tune I’m Henry the VIII, I Am as the official theme song to be played when the next one is announced. Actually, […]

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