8 Common Questions About HIPAA Privacy Safeguards

8 Common Questions About HIPAA Privacy Safeguards

In the last post, we saw how the HIPAA Security Rule’s administrative, physical, and technical safeguards help defend your organization against the hydra of security threats. Now, we’ll turn our attention to privacy safeguards. You know the HIPAA Privacy Rule requires...
What is a Four-Factor Breach Risk Assessment?

What is a Four-Factor Breach Risk Assessment?

You don’t need to be a healthcare professional to know that data breaches have plagued the industry for years. A breach is an impermissible use or disclosure that compromises the privacy or security of protected health information (PHI). According to the HIPAA Breach...
When Can I Disclose PHI?

When Can I Disclose PHI?

Every day, you share patients’ protected health information (PHI) to carry out tasks at work. However, is it okay to share PHI without the patient’s permission? In many cases, yes. HIPAA allows you to share PHI both internally and with business associates if it helps...
The Three Exceptions to a HIPAA Breach

The Three Exceptions to a HIPAA Breach

Many people have a “better safe than sorry” mentality when it comes to privacy and HIPAA breaches. Similar to how doctors, nurses, and technicians often consider incidental disclosures to be privacy violations, many privacy officers consider any impermissible...