As the end of 2014 draws near, we reflect back on the year’s changes. One such change that is being marked as a catalyst for change in federal laws has been the expansion of California’s current data breach laws. On September 30th, Governor Brown signed A.B. 1710, a bill that was created in response […]
In the business world, anything can happen. You could face physical disasters like the loss of a company laptop or stolen hardware or internal disasters like employees hacking into your database or data breaches, it is for this reason why data continuity planning is so vital. While yes, we know that data continuity planning, […]
A patient walks into your practice and says, “I’m here for a prescription. My stomach hurts so I need something with extra strength.” Does your nurse take their word for it and go straight to the pharmacy? Probably not.
You know that before any treatment can be given to a patient, you first have […]
It is often said that when you take a big risk, there’s a chance for an even bigger reward. While this is certainly the case for most things, taking the risk of not complying with HIPAA is not one of them. When your practice is not HIPAA compliant, you’re leaving the troops vulnerable.
Craft a […]
For those of us working in the health, dental or medical industry HIPAA violations are a pretty big deal. For practitioners and business associates alike, a HIPAA violation affects the very core of our businesses, our finances as well as our reputations. Violators can face non-compliance penalties costing up to $1.5 million per HIPAA […]
When it comes to technology for our businesses, most of us don’t think entirely too much about it. And for good reason, you’ve hired an IT provider to focus on your technology for you so that you can spend your time on other things. At least, that’s what you pay them to do.
But is […]
Technology has changed over the years. Think about it. We went from the Ford Model T to the Tesla Roadster, the rotary dial telephone to the iPhone and the IBM 702 to the Lenovo Yoga. It’s apparent that over time, we have surely modernized as a society and developed new technologies to make our […]
Recently the Pact-One team has received a couple of calls from our clients about representatives claiming to be from Microsoft and needing to remote in to their systems because they have detected problems. Our clients who received this call, directed the so-called reps to us and when asked for a name and number, the […]
While HIPAA was enacted in 1996, significant changes have occurred in recent years that place large financial risks on dental practices, physicians’ offices and all Covered Entities and their Business Associates.
Though the HIPAA Security Rule is focused on protecting electronic data, over 50% of the HIPAA regulations are Administrative Safeguards—policies, procedures, and training—with a […]
On April 8, 2014, all support for Windows XP/Office 2003 was discontinued from Microsoft, leaving businesses who chose to run on these operating systems, vulnerable to security threats and data leaks. This is especially worrisome for dental and medical practices as well as businesses who must comply with HIPAA, FINRA, PCI-DSS, SOX, GLB and […]