Top 10 Total HIPAA Blogs of 2017

Throughout 2017, Total HIPAA has focused on providing information that will keep your organization HIPAA compliant and secure by blogging on topics that matter now. This is our last blog of 2017. It includes a list of our most visited and cited blogs this year.

Total HIPAA was ranked the #1 health tech blog in the Top 100 Blog Report in April 2016 by eVisit, and we continue to address HIPAA topics you need to know about. From blogs about common HIPAA mistakes to reviews about file sharing vendors, we’ve got you covered! Total HIPAA strives to be your one-stop HIPAA shop.

Based on your clicks, here are Total HIPAA’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017.

10. Using VPN vs. SSL/TLS

If you work anywhere outside of the office from time to time, you should understand the risks of using public Wifi to connect to your company’s network. In this blog, Total HIPAA explains what SSL/TLS security is and why you should configure your own website with it. As well, find out why a VPN is a safe way to access data from a remote location and learn how to select a VPN service. Read More >

9. How to Stay Compliant with Audit Logs

Audit controls monitor activity on your network, and keeping detailed audit logs is a smart way to help keep your organization HIPAA compliant. By documenting audit procedures, educating staff, and regularly reviewing audit logs and audit trails, you can safeguard sensitive health information from both internal and external attempts to compromise the ePHI you control. Read More >

8. Creating and Managing Passwords

Password security practices remain lax even as cyber attacks continue to increase. With so many websites requiring username and password combinations, it can be tough to manage them all. In this blog, learn how to create solid passwords, then continue reading to decide whether a password management solution is something your organization should invest in. Read More >

7. 5 Common HIPAA Mistakes

HIPAA violations can not only cost your organization millions of dollars but can greatly tarnish your reputation. With so many HIPAA rules to follow, there’s plenty of room for mistakes! This blog lists 5 common HIPAA mistakes and ways you can prevent them. Read More >

6. Selecting a HIPAA Privacy Officer

The HIPAA rule requires that covered entities and business associates designate a Privacy Officer. In this blog, Total HIPAA defines Privacy Officer responsibilities and lists their qualifications. Then, we explain how the Privacy Officer might share his/her work with small teams or individuals. Read More >

5. HIPAA & State Retention Requirements

What are your state’s records retention policies? HIPAA preempts state requirements if the state has a shorter retention period. In this blog, Total HIPAA Compliance has created a table of each state’s medical records retention requirements for healthcare providers and insurance agents. Read More >

4. Microsoft End of Support 2017

If you’re using software that is no longer supported by Microsoft, you are not HIPAA compliant. In 2017, there were numerous products that Microsoft no longer supports. For a comprehensive list of Microsoft Products and Service Packs whose support has ended, you’ll definitely want use this blog as a resource. Read More >

3. Preparing Contractors for HIPAA

Full-time employees, contract employees or independent contractors that have access to client or patient PHI are required to comply with HIPAA rules – and it is your responsibility to ensure they’re compliant. This blog includes Total HIPAA’s recommendation on when you should provide HIPAA training for your contractors. Read More >

2. Selecting a HIPAA Security Officer

Having someone delegated as the HIPAA Security Officer (SO) is a HIPAA rule. How do you know who to choose? Your selection doesn’t have to be the security expert, but they do need to have strong technical skills, know where your ePHI is stored, and what Business Associates are going to be coming in contact with ePHI. There are also other SO traits that will help your company have a solid security foundation. This blog helps you understand who to choose as your Security Officer and what their responsibilities will be. Read More >

1. HIPAA Compliant File Sharing Review

File sharing is an important tool used by organizations who want to share, control, and protect important files stored in the cloud. By storing files in the cloud, you eliminate the need to increase storage on your local devices. You also have the flexibility to access information from any location that has internet connectivity. This review of file sharing vendors includes only HIPAA compliant file sharing applications, allowing you the peace of mind that your organization is continuing to follow HIPAA rules and regulations. Read More >

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