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Telemedicine – an emerging field

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As technology advances at an ever-increasing rate in the 21st century, opportunities are opening up for healthcare professionals to expand their reach and treat more patients than ever before. With a growing market of mobile medical apps, it is possible for a physician to schedule an appointment, view a patient’s medical history, diagnose and treat an illness, remotely monitor the patient and conduct follow-ups all from a single convenient handheld device. Coupled with improved two-way…

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Data Exposures & Cyber Liability In The Medical Practice

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Data compliance standards (HIPAA, HITECH and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) and the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) require medical practices and healthcare organizations to not only utilize electronic data, but also ensure that the data is secure and methods are in place to report and recover any lost or stolen information. Any company that maintains private personal/financial information on customers/patients has the responsibility to protect that information. Any unauthorized…

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Navigating Digital Technologies: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Practices

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The scope and reach of physicians are expanding rapidly due to an increase in user-created content and online media in the digital age. Social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, internet-based applications, blogs, texting and emailing, media-sharing sites, and networking sites have all led to an increase in the communication between physicians and their patients, physicians and the public, and among physician colleagues. In fact, over 60% of physicians use some type of social…

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HITECH Breach Notification Final Ruling Provides Additional Regulation of Protected Health Information (PHI)

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On January 18th, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released their final ruling on modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules. These rulings will affect the way in which an individual’s health information is shared and will identify the consequences when there has been a breach of privacy. While the law has been less defined in the past, it will now be much more highly regulated through these provisions….

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Cyber Liability Insurance Coverage

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Are your computer records and patient information protected?  A recent survey by research group Advisen found that despite increasing instances of cyber attacks, only about a third of companies that need cyber liability insurance coverage are protected.  Most companies need cyber insurance but don’t realize they don’t have it until after a lawsuit is filed and it’s too late.  It is estimated that more companies will purchase cyber liability policies in the near future due…

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