HIPAA/HITECH, Is your practice compliant?

The new HIPAA/HITECH law has been in force for over two years.  However, most healthcare providers have yet to start addressing the new requirements.  It’s a daunting task for a risk assessment expert, professional project manager or even a CCO, CIO or COO, much less a practice manager.  There are various reasons for the delay: confusion, misinformation, cost and time. One of the most common sources of misinformation we've encountered in our clients is a belief that they are already in compliance!  ...

HIPAA Self-Assessment Validity

HIPAA Risk Assessment: Third party vs self-assessment Although the U.S. government allows healthcare providers under $5 million in annual revenue to perform a risk assessment themselves as part of the HIPAA requirements, is it a good idea?  The alternative is to pay an independent third party to perform the risk assessment. Many consider the Risk Assessment a necessary evil to avoid potential HIPAA fines.  It is important to remember the fundamental intent of HIPAA; protect the patient’s data, maint ...

29 Million Health Records Exposed in 4 Years

If you had any shred of doubt that health care data breaches are a legitimate and major problem, those doubts have been laid to rest. Medical researchers published a study (link) showing that an astounding 29.1 million health records were compromised between 2010 and 2013. That DOES NOT INCLUDE the major breaches in 2014 and early 2015!! The majority of them (58%) were exposed through theft, but the rest were through hacks and un-authorized access. Providers are not happy, as seen in the opinion pi ...

Third Rock Introduces Comprehensive HIPAA / HITECH Compliance Solution

Round Rock, Tx, Dec. 03, 2014 – Third Rock, a business technology consulting firm  focused on improving operational performance through effective and efficient compliance, has taken decades of security and enterprise experience and created a stream-lined, affordable HIPAA /  HITECH compliance solution that small and medium businesses can afford. Third Rock’s Worry-Free ComplianceTM provides all of the required elements to meet current HIPAA / HITECH requirements.  Included is continuous network se ...

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 ...

Security Alert: Microsoft issues emergency patches for all Windows

Microsoft has issued emergency patches for a flaw that affects all supported versions of Windows. It’s a nasty one – a vulnerability in Windows’ implementation of the protocols for encrypting internet communications. The critical flaw lies in Secure Channel (Schannel), a security package – used by Internet Explorer — that implements the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. While there’s no evidence of its exploitation yet, it allows attackers to rem ...

Outgrowing the “As Needed” Technology

All organizations have been there, that start-up company that is more worried about making a profit than what its technology plan is for the next year, let alone three plus years. When you are a small company with a few employees or maybe even just yourself, it is easy to get in to the routine of simply grabbing a solution to fit the need you have at that moment. Honestly, there is no reason to even try to change someone’s mind that is going about their technology purchases in an “as needed” basis. ...

Press Release: Third Rock and Tippet Industries Team to Create ACES

Round Rock, Tx, Feb 19, 2014 – Third Rock, a business technology consulting firm in Round Rock, and Tippet Industries, a professional consulting firm in Round Rock, have teamed up to create Austin Consortium of Executive Services (ACES).  ACES provides enterprise level consulting services, software as a service solutions and application development to small and medium sized businesses, ranging from $20M to $500M in size.  What makes ACES unique is the company’s experience which ranges from helping ent ...

Press Release: vAusTek and Third Rock Combine Forces to Offer Focused IT Solutions

vAusTek, LLC and Third Rock, Inc. are combining our efforts in a strategic Partnership to bring a unique and complete solution for your business. With the strategic partnership vAusTek will be focusing on providing CIO/CTO solutions in the form of Virtual CIO/CTO, Interim CIO/CTO, and CIO/CTO Search / Recruiting solutions. Third Rock will focus on IT Consulting, Project Management, Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery, and Development Services. How does this all work together? Both vAusTek and ...

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