Protect Yourself – Don’t let Scrooge Cyber Sabotage Your Holiday Shopping Season!

We are into the Holiday Season and Cyber Scrooges - cyber criminals - are alive and well!  Breaches seem to be a daily occurrence.  In the area where I live, they even recommend paying for gas with cash and don’t use a credit card at the pump due to card skimmers.  So, I’m out holiday shopping and I’m lucky if I have two dollars in my wallet.  That means I have to stop at a cash machine to pay for gas.  Wait, that cash machine could have a card skimmer attached to it!  I guess I have to go i ...

MACRA Deadline Approaching – Schedule your SRA today!

MACRA Deadline Approaching - Schedule your SRA today! In an effort to help medical practices maximize their Medicare reimbursements by meeting MACRA requirements, Third Rock is offering a 20% discount for our Security Risk Assessment package if you schedule your SRA with Third Rock by December 8th. Our tool, CompassDB, makes doing an SRA fast and easy. Our package offer includes: ✓ Security Risk Assessment and detailed report ✓ A Security Risk Management consultant available onsite or online ...

Upcoming Events of Interest

The Health Care Compliance Association Regional Conference will be held in Houston on Dec. 8, 2017. Third Rock's COO, Ed Jones, PMP, CHSP, will be participating on a panel discussing the importance of Patient Information Privacy along with representatives from THSA and Winstead, PC. Members of our Third Rock Team will also be in Dallas on Dec.14 & 15 for the Cybersecurity Forum at the Dallas Health IT Summit. The Cybersecurity Forum brings together experts in healthcare IT security and p ...

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 Started Join 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 ...

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