Cyber-breaches: Don’t Lie to Yourself

We've heard many arguments for not addressing your HIPAA compliance by healthcare covered entities. Honestly, it's appalling to think a person that provides care to people doesn't care about protecting that person's personal information to prevent their customer from experiencing emotional and financial suffering and potential ruin.  The first issue for the healthcare covered entity is to understand it's not about the HIPAA audit but about being breached, losing ePHI and then being forced to be audit ...

Road Blocks to Creating Your Contingency Plan

Why Everyone Needs Help Creating a BC/DR (Contingency) Plan Creating a contingency plan is a huge undertaking.  It’s a major project for any company, small or large.  It’s a major project for any company, small or large; an integration effort which requires a large amount of time from experts across the company and often outside the company, including executives, managers, staff, vendors and consultants. While creating a contingency plan for a large health care provider I realized part of the pro ...

PMP or Not – Two key observations

I keep hearing people say you have to have a PMP or it's required for the job.  I've been an "ad hoc" project manager for a few years, ok, more than I'm going to admit to, let's just say more than 25 years. I've been credited with saving "lost" projects, turning around massively behind schedule and over budget projects and actually launching and completing "mission impossible" projects.  Most of them required some severe bleeding on my part, but working closely with people, being honest with the sponso ...