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Top 10 Total HIPAA Blogs of 2021

Throughout 2021, Total HIPAA has focused on providing information that will keep your organization HIPAA compliant and secure by blogging on relevant topics that matter. This is our last blog of 2021. It includes a list of our most visited and cited blogs this year.

Total HIPAA aims to be your trusted source for information on cybersecurity, HIPAA implementation, other regulatory frameworks, and any other topics our readers need to know about. From blogs about basic HIPAA requirements to reviews of efax 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 2021.

10. HIPAA Sanction Policies: What Employees and Employers Need to Know

When it comes to HIPAA law, the sanction policy is one of the most important factors employees must be aware of. HIPAA does not mandate exactly how employers must discipline their employees in the workplace. So, we provide our suggested guidelines for HIPAA sanction policies. Read More >

9. Can Employers Ask for Proof of Vaccination?

Can employers implement a mandatory vaccination program? What do laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and federal agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have to say about this? Here is a list of related questions employers should be asking and what solutions might be implemented in order to keep employees safe and maintain regular business operations. Read More >

File sharing is a critical tool used by businesses and healthcare providers to easily share, control, and protect important files stored in the cloud. These applications are indispensable to businesses and individuals that require more space to store their files and the desire of adding flexibility to access information anywhere. Read More >

7. Meeting HIPAA Requirements When Working Remotely

While there are several advantages of working remotely, there’s a monstrous risk for those that are obligated to comply with HIPAA: keeping clients’ protected health information (PHI) safe. Not convinced it’s a big deal? HHS levies hefty financial penalties when entities fail to properly manage their telecommuters’ access and protection of PHI. Read More >

6. HIPAA Compliant efax Provider Recommendations

Many HIPAA compliant organizations need to send and receive electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) on a regular basis. HIPAA requires you to secure information at rest, in transit, and in storage. If you fax PHI, you must ensure the safety of this sensitive information in transit. HIPAA compliant efax services are an ideal replacement for traditional fax machines many businesses are phasing out. Read More >

5. Password Guidelines Updated by NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its password guidelines in accordance with new research. The U.S. government requires its agencies to follow these guidelines, and many other organizations would benefit from implementing these rules as well. Read More >

4. Is Gmail HIPAA Compliant Email? – Well, It Can Be!

Andrew Kroninger, Total HIPAA’s Director of Customer Success, recently interviewed Gil Vidal, founder and CEO of VM Racks, a HIPAA compliant cloud managing solution. The two discussed Gmail’s potential for HIPAA compliant email messaging. You can listen to this episode of our podcast HIPAA Talk! here or on your mobile device via Apple Podcasts. Or, read our summary. Read More >

3. HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging Apps – BEST OPTIONS

Today, everyone uses text messaging (“texting”) for easy and quick communication. It is a great tool for convenience and efficiency, but most users don’t realize that texting is an unencrypted form of communication. Text messages can be intercepted at any point in transmission. In this blog we will review several companies that provides HIPAA compliant text messaging, allowing secure texting of PHI. Read More >

2. Best HIPAA Compliant Email Encryption Services

In this blog post, we review nine email encryption vendors (Barracuda, Egress, Hushmail, Indentillect, MailHippo, LuxSci, Protected Trust, Rmail, & Virtru) who provide HIPAA compliant email encryption services that will keep your information safe when in transit. Read More >

1. Business Associate Agreement: Everything Explained

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule changed how BAs and Business Associate Subcontractors (BAS) can be held liable for potential HIPAA violations. Therefore, it is in the Covered Entity’s and the BA’s best interest to maintain a thorough understanding of their relationship and how they expect one another to secure patient, client, or employee data. Read More >

If you have suggestions on topics you would like us to address in 2022, please fill out our survey here. Happy Holidays!

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