Medical Malpractice News

11Nov, 2016

HIPAA Compliant Texting in the World of Medicine

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One of the most convenient ways to communicate is through text messaging. However, in the world of medicine and privacy laws, it is not so easy to keep up with HIPAA compliant texting regulations. The problem with SMS text messaging is that it is not compliant with the requirements under the HIPAA privacy rule. There are not secure data banks where the information is stored and there is no secure way to ensure the intended party received the text. Regular SMS texting is not a safe or legal option and […]
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8Jul, 2016

Buying Insurance After the Fire: Why Nobody Buys Cyber Liability Insurance

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  Mark Twain is famous for saying, “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” Unfortunately that is the plan most medical providers are following when it comes to protecting against Cyber Liability. It’s as if they’re all waiting to buy fire insurance after the fire has burned down their building. Data breaches, cyber extortion, HIPAA violations, and financial fraud occur in the healthcare industry more and more, so why is no one bothering to buy Cyber Liability insurance to protect against these […]
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10Oct, 2014

The 6 Keys to IT Security

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We here at eQuoteMD had the opportunity this week to attend a HIPAA Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri sponsored by the Keane Insurance Group, Keystone IT Consulting, and the Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard law firm. The focus of this workshop was IT Security, specifically as it applies to the healthcare industry in light of HIPAA and other regulatory laws. While IT can seem daunting to those outside the field with all the tech talk and the ever changing technology, it’s important for doctors and/or their office managers to get […]
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18Aug, 2014

Why Telemedicine? What is the Future of the Virtual Appointment?

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With the recent push to achieve “meaningful use” of EHR, the advent of Accountable Care Organizations, increasing numbers of patients, and other effects of the Accountable Care Act telemedicine is becoming more common and more necessary than ever.  But what is telemedicine exactly?  The American Telemedicine Association defines it as follows: “The use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and […]
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23Sep, 2013

Managing the Risks of HIPAA Rules & Regulations

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the final rule that strengthens the HIPAA laws and regulations and puts in place many conditions of the HITECH Act. Obviously, it’s been every medical provider’s goal to be compliant to the HIPAA rules from the very beginning; so why the panic over the HIPAA compliance deadline of Monday, September 23rd? Simply put: It’s overwhelming. Physicians and their office managers are trying to get up-to-speed, but they do not have the time or manpower to dedicate the […]
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