Check out our own Robert Felps, CEO Third Rock, speaking at two events in November

Robert is taking his  acclaimed “Cure for the HIPAA Headache” presentation on the road this month and presenting at the Developmental Services Network Annual Meeting  on November 6th in La Quinta, California.He then heads to Dallas on November 16th for the IQSC First Annual Healthcare Data Seminar.Contact us at info@thirdrock.com if you would like a copy of the presentation or would be interested in us presenting at one of your events.  Bio - Robert Felps, CEO/CISO - is a trusted advi ...

Innotech Austin 2017 – Discount Code

Come hear our very own Julie Rennecker at Innotech Austin 2017 on November 16.  She's presenting Healthcare - An Identity Thief's SuperStore for the ISSA Cybersecurity Track.Healthcare records include some of the most complete - and thus, most valuable - personal identities available online. Yet, they are also among the most vulnerable, making them a primary target for cybercriminals. Julie will talk about some of the cybersecurity challenges in healthcare and how the cybersecurity community can h ...

National Health IT Week – FREE Assessment

It's National Health IT Week and Third Rock is promoting the value of Health IT and its role in protecting your patients, your practice and yourself with a FREE assessment. Just click below to take your free risk assessment to better understand your practice's security risk from cyber threats. It only takes a few minutes! Let's Get StartedJoin the movement to improve Health IT to improve patients' health.  Checkout our HIPAA and Cybersecurity Resources page at https://thirdrock.com/resources/ ...

Third Rock Welcomes Timothy Sullivan to its Board of Advisors

Round Rock, TX,  September 21, 2017 – Third Rock, a compliance management software and consulting firm, announces the addition of Timothy Sullivan to its Board of Advisors. As a technology innovator and entrepreneur spanning four decades, Mr. Sullivan has created constructive disruptive technologies, products and services. He has grown more than a half-dozen companies in several industry sectors including software, medical devices, and biotech. Three of these companies were acquired by major corporations ...

Picking up the pieces after Hurricane Harvey

While some of our Texas friends and neighbors began trickling back to their water-logged homes and businesses this week, others who have weathered the storm are just starting their evacuation journey as the continued rain, Harvey's second landfall, and flooding from overflowing reservoirs continue to wreak havoc.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.Online resources abound for everything from insurance filing to accessing your personal health records. Here are a few we thought would be m ...

An Ounce of Prevention – Why HIPAA Guidelines should be your standard operating procedures

The American Heart Association lists heart disease as the #1 cause of death in the US with nearly 800,000 deaths per year. In comparison, more than 3.1 million patients have been impacted in the first half of 2017 by a data breach that led to the theft of protected health information (PHI). That's right — in half the time, nearly four times as many people have been impacted by an information breach as have died from heart disease! Yet an estimated two thirds of medical practices remain at risk of bei ...

Incidental Exposures – What are they and what is their impact?

A number of customers contacted me recently concerning possible breaches and what they should do.  After reviewing their situations, these were actually incidental exposures.  What is an incidental exposure? It is a secondary use or disclosure that cannot reasonably be prevented, is limited in nature, and that occurs as a result of another use or disclosure that is permitted by the Rule.  Typical examples of such in the healthcare setting include conversations between patients and doctors where comp ...

Third Rock Recognized at Austin Recovery’s 50th Anniversary Event

Third Rock Recognized at Austin Recovery's 50th Anniversary EventRound Rock, TX, July 25, 2017 – On May 5th, Austin Recovery celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a luncheon gala at the Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center in Austin, TX. At the event, they recognized Third Rock, Incorporated and its partner Nivola Healthcare Solutions for their work and donations supporting the organization’s HIPAA compliance activities and related information security practices.Austin Recovery requested Third R ...

What to do if you are a Ransomware victim – latest guidance from HHS

In an earlier post, Clint Eschberger explained that the Best Defense Against Ransomware is a Good Backup. So hopefully your backups are in order - multiple, off-site, and tested.In addition to your internal processes for getting your organization back online, the HHS just issued the following guidance for reporting ransomware incidents and obtaining guidance.If  your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:Please contact your FBI Field Office ...

Is a new Healthcare Cybersecurity Framework the answer?

The Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force has asked the U.S. government to create new policies that would help healthcare providers improve their cybersecurity.  You can read about it in this article Cybersecurity task force seeks new security framework, exemption to the Stark law on Modern Healthcare. First let me state, I am all for a Cybersecurity Framework and I appreciate KLAS-CHIME and their work to survey the industry.  They are primarily focusing on the large and very large enterprise h ...

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