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Text Messaging and HIPAA, Privacy and Confidentiality

April 06, 2017 | By: Michelle Bilsky, CHCO, LHRM, MLA, CBA

Text messaging has become popular in the health care field, permitting providers to multitask and to communicate more quickly than with phone calls. Despite these benefits, health care providers should be aware of the potential consequences under HIPAA and the HITECH Act (collectively, “HIPAA”) of permitting staff to text patient information. “Text messaging” encompasses any communication service or application that enables transmission of electronic written messages between two or more mobile devices.


FBI Warns Healthcare Industry About Anonymous FTP Server Cyber Attacks

March 27, 2017 | By: Risk Management

Does your practice transfer files in order to share patient information or data? Do you use an FTP server? 
FTP is an acronym forFile Transfer Protocol. As the name suggests, FTP is used to transfer files between computers on a network. You can use FTP to exchange files between computer accounts, transfer files between an account and a desktop computer, or access online software archives.
If you do any of these things you need to read the below report from the FBI on Cyber Crimes related to FTP servers.