Archive for the ‘HIPAA’ Category

Cyber Insurance Explained

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

What To Know About Cybersecurity Insurance The cybersecurity insurance sector is in the midst of significant transformation. Escalating premiums, shifting prerequisites, and inconsistent standards within the industry present formidable hurdles for organizations seeking coverage. Now is a critical moment for these organizations to gain insight into the evolving landscape of cyber insurance and ascertain the […]

Online HIPAA Training for Medical Office Staff

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Ensuring Comprehensive HIPAA Compliance With the integration of technology into healthcare, the importance of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training for medical office staff has never been more paramount. The rise of telehealth, electronic health records, and the frequent exchange of medical data online necessitate a deep understanding of HIPAA regulations. This guide […]

Is HTTPS HIPAA Compliant?

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Navigating Digital Safeguards in Healthcare Data Transmission Is HTTPS HIPAA Compliant? With the surging importance of online data transfers, particularly in the healthcare sector, the question often arises: “Is HTTPS HIPAA compliant?” As healthcare providers and related entities adopt digital methods, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of Protected Health Information (PHI) is non-negotiable. Here, we […]

Can I Make My Gmail HIPAA Compliant?

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Navigating the Path to HIPAA Secure Emailing In the modern healthcare landscape, electronic communications are indispensable. Medical professionals, insurance providers, and patients often rely on emails for swift exchanges. However, with the imperative of adhering to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), one common query emerges: “Can I make my Gmail HIPAA compliant?” […]

HIPAA Training Videos: Understanding the Significance and Best Practices

Monday, August 21st, 2023

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was introduced in 1996 as a landmark legislation aimed at safeguarding the medical information of individuals. As medical practices and health services increasingly move online and adopt electronic record-keeping, it’s more essential than ever that healthcare professionals and their associates understand and comply with HIPAA standards. This is […]

Stringent Cyber Insurance Rules 

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Businesses of every size and in every sector are at risk from growing cyber threats—those are just the facts. With awareness of the danger growing, more and more companies are looking at ways to protect themselves when they’re hit with a malware attack or data breach (and I do mean when, not if), which is […]

Apache Log4j Zero-Day Vulnerability Discovered

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Do you know what a logging library is? What you don’t know could hurt your organization—severely. On Thursday, December 9, a critical zero-day vulnerability affecting many versions of Apache’s Log4j 2 Java logging library was publicly announced. Since then, hackers have been busily scanning the internet for instances of Log4j vulnerable to the flaw, called […]

HIPAA Compliance with Petronella Tech

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

PTG understands that you are in business to help your patients feel better, and so are we. With our platform of HIPAA compliance products, we diagnose and treat cybersecurity the same way you diagnose and treat your patients. We help your patients feel better about the security of their Personal Health Information (PHI and ePHI) while […]

Artificial Intelligence in the Times of Corona

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has played a huge role in assisting physicians during the pandemic.  Which may sound a little crazy at first, but if you think about it, actually makes a lot of sense. One of the best ways to keep the disease from spreading, as we all know by now, is by limiting human-to-human […]

Is HIPAA’s Security Rule Adaptive Enough to Stay Relevant?

Monday, April 6th, 2020

With the halt of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) audits by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office (HHS) for Civil Rights (OCR), the healthcare industry is seeing a decline of about 2% annually in compliance with HIPAA’s Security Rule (NIST 800-66).  With that, however, has been a rise in […]

Patients’ PTSD Details Leaked After Law Firms Hacked

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Law firms appear to be the latest black hat hacking trend. No less than FIVE law firms have been breached by cybercriminal group, Maze, in the last four months, and the results have been devastating.  Not only have these criminals STOLEN data, but they’ve also released extremely sensitive protected health information (PHI) from veterans’ pain […]

Hackers Have Started Ransoming Patient Data… to the Patients

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

As if having your medical data compromised wasn’t bad enough… Now your medical secrets are being held hostage! It’s a breezy but sunny afternoon.  You’re going about your day, minding your own business when you receive a random text message from an unknown number saying that they have personal medical information about you that they will […]

Microsoft’s Comprehensive End of Support List for 2020

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

I know you are all aware of what I’m about to tell you, but just in case you momentarily forgot, I’m going to refresh your memory… Every year, Microsoft stops supporting select versions of its software.  What this means is that they discontinue any sort of security updates or patches.   What does this mean for […]

Just How Not “HIPAA Mandatory” Is Encryption?

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

In case you were ever wondering if your practice needs to encrypt its ePHI? Let the $3 million HIPAA penalty paid last month by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), one of the largest medical systems in NY State, serve as a warning. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights […]

Sentara Doubled Down When They Should Have Folded

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

“Eight is Enough” A great, wholesome, family show from the late 70’s and early 80’s.  Also: what Sentara Hospital, with over 300 facilities across the states of North Carolina and Virginia, is telling the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) after being on the receiving end last month of this […]

Looting Adds Insult to Injury for Durham Clinic

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Looters broke into a Durham health clinic sometime after the downtown gas explosion on April 10th that affected over 20 businesses, injured 25 people, and caused the death of two people. The subsequent theft of clinic property has prompted the clinic to notify patients that their information, including diagnoses and treatment information may have been […]

HIPAA Violations Top $100 Billion

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

HIPAA Violations have been making headlines recently, and for good reason. Fines for violations can be crippling to companies, and the more mobile our data becomes, the greater the risk for security breech. According to the Health and Human Services website, as of September 30, 2019 the OCR has settled or imposed a civil money […]

Malware Attack Closes Alabama Hospitals

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Not one but THREE hospitals in the DCH Health System in Alabama are unable to accept new patients today due to ransomware: DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Northport Medical Center in Northport, and Fayette Medical Center.  Cybercriminals have demanded an undisclosed amount of money for the unlock code. “A criminal is limiting our ability […]

Business Associate Agreements & HIPAA

Monday, July 29th, 2019

The HIPAA Privacy Rule states that clearinghouses, covered entities, and business associates are required to follow the HIPAA security and privacy rules. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Privacy Rule “requires that a covered entity obtain satisfactory assurances from its business associate that the business associate will appropriately safeguard the […]

Access Control/Governance Improves HIPAA Security

Friday, July 26th, 2019

With the ever-growing monitoring of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations and media attention to their subsequent soaring costs, there has never been a better time to ensure your Access Control/Governance Policy is in place.  According to, in regard to ongoing HIPAA compliance efforts, initiating an access governance program perhaps is the best […]