Third Rock Recognized as one of Most Promising HIPAA Compliance Solution Providers for 2015!

Third Rock Recognized as one of Most Promising HIPAA Compliance Solution Providers for 2015! Click to Read Article In the July issue of Healthcare Tech Outlook, Third Rock has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 20 Most Promising Healthcare Compliance Providers for 2015!  “We are very excited and proud to be independently recognized by Healthcare Tech Outlook.  Our hard work to deliver affordable advanced cyber security and comprehensive HIPAA compliance has been very well received by our c ...

Cybersecurity Insurance – Will it pay when I get breached?

As a disclaimer, we are not an insurance company or insurance specialist.  We're a Cyber-Security firm that specializes in HIPAA compliance.  We strongly encourage our clients to purchase cyber-breach insurance.  We regularly blog on healthcare cyber security and compliance, often citing cyber-breach statistics.  It's likely you've been breached or will be breached in the near future.  So, it only makes good business sense to protect the investment you've made building your practice and transfer all ...

Impact of a Healthcare Breach (2 of 3)

This article is the second in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, that highlights the financial impact of a cyber-breach for healthcare organizations and why it is so important to protect your healthcare data. The impact from a healthcare breach has wide and significant impact to a healthcare organization, both small and large.  Here are some examples of the costs associated with healthcare breaches: Negative media/publicity is one of the fir ...

Cyber Breach – No One is Immune

This article is the first in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, explaining the magnitude and business impact of cyber security breaches as well as steps you can take to protect your records and your organization. Recent headlines have reported that cyber breaches are occurring with greater frequency than ever before. Everyone is familiar with the cyber breaches of Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Sony, and most recently, the federal Office of Perso ...

My EMR protects my ePHI, right? WRONG!

False Faith in your EMR/EHR It seems most doctors, practice managers, healthcare compliance officers and healthcare security officers put way too much faith in their EMR/EHR.  They think the EMR encrypts the data and therefore it’s secure and no more worries.  That’s a BIG mistake for the following reasons. Many EMRs do NOT encrypt the data in transit, on the local disk (cache) and/or do NOT auto timeout users. Leaving the ePHI available for easy cyber theft. Access controls are only as good as ...

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 ...

HIPAA: Get off Windows XP Now! Seriously!

Ok, HEALTHCARE world, you have GOT to get with the program and MOVE forward.  We continue to go into healthcare providers of all kinds; hospitals, clinics, doctors, dentist, optometrist, dermatologist, etc and find these old, slow, archaic systems running Windows XP.  Here are a few reasons why you should PULL THE PLUG on Windows XP. Reasons to part ways with Windows XP No longer officially supported by Microsoft. If you want any support, be prepared to open your wallet in a big way. Has know ...

HIPAA/HITECH Security Risk Analysis Myths and Facts

As we continue to work with more health care providers, covered entities, and business associates we see confusion about HIPAA/HITECH compliance requirements. Some providers are even in denial. They believe they are being compliant by just having staff take short on-line "HIPAA" training courses.  But that falls well short of what is required to be compliant, and many of these on-line training courses are not up to date with current HIPAA regulations, nor do they cover cyber-security, which is now a must h ...

Just how HIPAA compliant are you? HIPAA Quick Check Stats

Healthcare organizations are focused on the health and welfare of their patients.  It is the very reason for their existence.  Today, patient “welfare” increasingly means protecting patient data.  It is daunting task given the complexity and ever-evolving requirements.  The industry and HIPAA regulations struggle to keep up with the rapidly evolving cyber thieve. Over a year ago we setup a HIPAA Quick Check site where organizations can take a few minutes to see just how well they actually stack ...

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