HIPAA Compliance is a Business Decision

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a technology vendor who is starting to move into the healthcare space. Their technology isn’t used in the creation or manipulation of patients’ protected health information (PHI), but they do store information on behalf of healthcare organizations that could potentially include PHI. They wanted to know, “Are we required to comply with HIPAA?” Technically – yes. On the other hand, there are hundreds of healthcare organizations and healthcare vendors who act ...

The Most Common Mistakes in Cybersecurity are Preventable

Many of the issues we see in cybersecurity, whether you are in healthcare, retail, finance, etc., are by and large preventable. It is not about having a big budget or a large team of experts. No, some of it is just common sense. It is not unlike driving a car. When driving a car you take several basic, yet important, steps to try and lower your risk of an accident. You look both ways at a stop sign, you drive safely to avoid losing control, you keep your car in working condition, and just in case you are in ...

Don’t Click the Download Button!

I thought about naming this blog "Would the Real Download Link Expose Yourself."  But, a few people said that wasn't a great title.  Go figure! I'm sure you've visited a website to download something, maybe an image or install software or maybe some template to design a cool new flyer.  You've probably also clicked on a large green or teal or blue or some other lovely color button that said, "Download", only to find out it was an ad to some trash item you're not interested in nor do you want.  It ...

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 Started Join the movement to improve Health IT to improve patients' health.  Checkout our HIPAA and Cybersecurity Resources page at https://thirdrock.com/resources/ ...

It is Time for Us to Take Control of Our Data!

The EquiFax breach really has me angry.  Mostly because I have no control over any aspect of this mess.  EquiFax scoops up data on all of us without our consent.  They seem unaccountable and untouchable.   With a last name like mine, I’ve had many opportunities to dispute incorrect data on my credit reports, which is always time consuming and irritating.  They make it known how unimportant you are and assume you are “guilty” unless you prove otherwise.  They collect data on all the people in th ...

Could this breach have been prevented? – A new series

Could this breach have been prevented? – A new series One of the first lessons of process improvement is that preventing errors is much less expensive and time-consuming than remedying the damage after the fact. The same is true for an information breach. The time and cost for installing new software, training staff members, and reinforcing policies and procedures pales in comparison to cleaning up the damage of an information privacy or security breach. Recent headlines of multi-million-dollar ...

PHISHING ALERT – DocuSign – Don’t click!

Heads up, everyone – our team has gotten phishing emails like this one posing as messages from DocuSign. DON’T CLICK unless (a) the message is from someone you know and (b) is a message and document you were expecting. If you receive too many documents via DocuSign to remember if you were expecting the message/document or not, take these precautions: ·         Hover your mouse over the Download link. ·         Carefully read the url that appears. ·         If the ...

The Equifax Data Breach – What You should do to Protect Yourself!

Stealing headlines from Hurricane Irma was the revelation that Equifax experienced a major data breach during the summer.  Equifax is one of the “big three” credit monitoring services and therefore the data they collect on each of us is broad and deep.  They estimate that data for 143 million people -  nearly half the population of the United States – has been stolen! What does this breach mean for you?  Your financial history and ability to buy a home, new car, or even get healthcare could ...

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 ...

Protect Yourself!

Protect Yourself! If you’ve read our blog articles before, you’ve seen our tag line; Protect your Patients. Protect your Practice. Protect Yourself.  Most of our articles focus on protecting your practice and patients.  Very few have been focused on you, the individual and your protection.  Now each newsletter will include advice on how you can better protect yourself and your confidential data. Hopefully we can help your family and friends as well. So, let’s start at square one; your home co ...

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