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Social Media and HIPAA
Your office staff may not be aware that social media opens the doors to all sorts of HIPAA violations.  Take some commonsense precautions with postings:If you wouldn’t say it in your waiting room, don’t say it online.  Read social media content aloud before you post it.  If there’s information you...  Read More
How to Correctly Respond to a Cyber Attack
As technological advancements increase daily, our dependence on technology continues to positively correlate with this trend. Practices implement technology to streamline administrative tasks, gather patient data, organize and store patient health records, manage finances, and other tasks to...  Read More
2018 New HIPAA Policies
One of the most valuable elements of Smart Training’s client offerings is our comprehensive HIPAA Policies and Procedures document, which offers more than 40 required patient privacy guidelines to client offices.Beginning in 2018, four new topics will be addressed by HIPAA Policies:    A new Cell...  Read More
Are Your Posts Breaching Patient Privacy?
Many dentists and dental office employees don’t realize that any social media discussion of patient treatment – even posts that do not identify a patient by name – can violate HIPAA.Because social media is still evolving, most offices have no social media policy and haven’t given much thought to...  Read More
How Secure is Your Office’s WiFi Network?
If you offer patients a WiFi network to access when they are in your office waiting room, your practice is liable for any criminal activity that transpires.  Considering that nothing on the internet is really secret, this is a serious concern.You may provide a ‘splash page’ containing an acceptable...  Read More
How To Protect Patient Data Part 3: HIPAA's Physical Safeguards
The HIPAA Security Rule defines physical safeguards as “physical measures,policiesand procedures to protect electronic information systems from natural and environmental hazards and unauthorized intrusion.”In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy breached lower Manhattan, officials estimated that...  Read More
After the Disaster ...
Disaster recovery has been a staple of patient privacy law since 1996, and yet, many practices still operate without a viable data backup system in place. Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, experts estimated that nearly half of all healthcare offices in Manhattan had no functioning backup or...  Read More
What to Consider When Performing a Cyber Security Assessment
A cyber security assessment of your dental practice is much more than a review of your practice software. It's vital to analyze both technical and non-technical components of your practice on each of the three pillars of cyber security: people, policies, and technology. Here are some important...  Read More
Tips for Cyber Security in Your Dental Practice
With the risk of a cyber-security breach increasing on a daily basis, below are some tips that will help a dental practice owner maintain the security that they need in order to protect patient information.Use Strong Passwords and Change Them RegularlySelecting PasswordsChoose a password that is...  Read More
Must Have Items for Every Practice
In the last few months, we have received substantially similar questions regarding "MUST HAVE" practice items in order to avoid the violation of state or federal law. In addition, we have addressed many of the same questions regarding employee non-disclosure agreements, protection of patient lists,...  Read More
Tips for Cyber Security in Your Dental Practice
With the risk of a cyber security breach increasing on a daily basis, below are some tips that will help a dental practice owner maintain the security that they need in order to protect patient information. Plan for the Unexpected Create data backups regularly and reliably. Begin backing up...  Read More
Is Your New Year’s Resolution to be HIPAA Compliant?
Now that the holidays and office parties are over, is it time to concentrate on HIPAA compliance? As I said at this time last year, making sure your office or practice is doing everything necessary to become or maintain HIPAA compliance is probably not at the top of anybody’s New Year’s...  Read More

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