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Qliq Turns Your Smartphone into a HIPAA-Compliant Camera

From monitoring patient vitals, to keeping tabs on physical therapy and dietary habits, leveraging smartphones for patient care has been the key theme for the past decade. What if the camera of a smartphone was […]

Ben Henson   HIPAA Camera
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Why Risk HIPAA Violation for Texting, When Compliance is Free?

HIPAA violations, the bane of Healthcare IT specialists around the country, are a large problem for many doctors, nurses, and healthcare administrators. Physicians find it easy to communicate with texting, but the vulnerability of these […]

Krishna Kurapati   HIPAA Compliance
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Common Questions on Secure Texting & Secure Messaging for Healthcare

How is the messaging all secure? The most secure approach for texting is to have many layers of security that protect your health information. Public-Private Key Encryption One of the most important aspects of qliqCONNECT […]

John Skowlund   Secure Texting in Healthcare
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OHSU Data Breach: Where Health IT is lacking

In an interesting piece posted over the weekend at The Health Care Blog, Dr. David Do described a recent reported data breach by the Oregon Health & Science University. The event, which was reported to […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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Carefully Considering the Risks of a BYOD Policy in Healthcare

“My friend’s company lets her use her phone at work,” a resident tells you. “Find a way to make it work,” mutters your facility administrator while keeping his eyes glued to his iPhone. Whether they […]

Krishna Kurapati   BYOD
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The HIPAA Audit Program, Part 3

In Part 2 of this three-part series, we took a deep look into the preliminary HIPAA Audit findings and observed the most common infractions identified by OCR. Specifically, security gaps accounted for the majority of […]

Krishna Kurapati   HIPAA Compliance
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Advocate Data Breach – Different Year, Same Encryption Problems

In many respects, it has been The Summer of The Data Breach. HHS brought down the hammer on Wellpoint, fining the insurer $1.7 million after discovering the impermissible disclosure of over 600,000 patient records through […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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All Secure Messaging Solutions Are Not Created Equal – Part 2 of 3

In the first part of this series, Secure Texting can be more than just securing messages, we discussed the key features (quick messaging, conversation threads, and required acknowledgment) of a secure messaging application that makes […]

Krishna Kurapati   Secure Texting in Healthcare
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5 Steps for Successful HIPAA Compliant Secure Texting in Healthcare

You’ve been leading the charge toward HIPAA-compliant secure texting. Now is the time to plan the steps for a successful implementation. To help you do this, we’ve come up with our top 5 tips to […]

Krishna Kurapati   Secure Texting in Healthcare
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Are Smartphones and Texting Helpful in Disasters?

Technology is so pervasive in our society that when a disaster strikes the system failures affect every aspect of our lives; including our ability to receive appropriate medical treatment. Hurricane Sandy is a perfect example […]

Krishna Kurapati   Secure Texting in Healthcare
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What are the Essential Requirements of a Healthcare Secure Texting App?

The short answer: security, HIPAA compliance, and usability. At qliqSOFT we are always engaging in an open dialogue with industry experts and customers to discover new ways in which qliqCONNECT can help providers send secure […]

Krishna Kurapati   Secure Texting in Healthcare
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HIPAA Risk Assessment: Don’t Skip Mobile

Think You Don’t Have a Mobile Provider? Think Again. Your hospital system or eligible provider’s office doesn’t supply mobile devices to its staff or pay for technology solutions like standard mobile data and SMS texting […]

Krishna Kurapati   Secure Texting in Healthcare
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Cloud Computing and Conduits

When Congress passed HIPAA back in 1996, the Internet was in its infancy. What we now know today as Google was a mere graduate program research project. “Going online” more often than not required a […]

Krishna Kurapati   HIPAA Compliance
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Make 2014 the Year of the Security Risk Assessment

Given what many called a banner year in healthcare data breaches, many industry professionals were happy to bid 2013 adieu. From the massive Advocate data breach to the Affinity Health Plan photocopier breach, healthcare executives […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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Heartbleed, Internet Explorer Bug and HIPAA Security

Three weeks ago Internet users were notified en masse that a security vulnerability had been discovered in OpenSSL, a widely-used piece of open-source software that helps securely transport information around the web. The so-called Heartbleed […]

Richard Wagner, JD   Healthcare IT Security
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The Perils of Vendors Storing PHI

Recently over 14,000 medicare recipients of Brand New Day’s health plan had their personal records exposed due to an error from a third party vendor. According to HealthITNews, the breached data included names, addresses, dates […]

Ben Henson   Healthcare IT Security
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OCR, Affinity Health Plan Reach Settlement on Photocopier Breach Case

In a week including several high profile HIPAA breach incidents and settlements, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the biggest one of all: a settlement agreement with Affinity Health Plan stemming from an […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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HIPAA Breach Alert: WellPoint fined $1.7M

In what is believed to be one of the larger HIPAA breach settlements in recent memory, health insurer WellPoint has agreed to settle with HHS for $1.7M stemming from a 2009 and 2010 incident where […]

Krishna Kurapati   HIPAA Compliance
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The Concentra HIPAA Breach and Mobile Device Encryption

In a story covered on about HIPAA Breach in Healthcare IT News this week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights settled with two organizations for just under a combined $2 million this week after it […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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The Role of Peer-to-Peer Encryption in the HIPAA Omnibus Era

It’s every compliance officer’s worst nightmare. You’re sitting at your desk on a weekday afternoon, perhaps catching up on the latest posts on the qliqSOFT blog, when all of a sudden your CIO calls you […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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