Author Archives: Linda Allard

About Linda Allard

Linda Allard is the president of NEMT.

Networking: A 15 minute call could save you …

This past week I had the pleasure of attending AHIMA’s Security and Privacy Institute.  I spent two days listening to amazing speakers talk about different areas of HIPAA and security in regard to protecting PHI. A side benefit, and one … Continue reading

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Disaster recovery — Plans B, C, D and E

The HIPAA security rule under the Administrative Safeguards section requires that all HIPAA-compliant organizations be prepared for how natural disasters could harm their electronic health information. The recovery plan is required to show how the operations will be carried on … Continue reading

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The most dreaded word: ‘breach’

So, what is a breach according to HIPAA? A breach is, generally, an impermissible use or disclosure under the Privacy Rule that compromises the security or privacy of protected health information (PHI) such that the use or disclosure poses a … Continue reading

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Protect your computer — from your family

With the summer in full swing and summer holidays here, I started thinking about those of you who work from home. These days, most facilities either have work-at-home staff or have given staff members the ability to do so. It … Continue reading

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Audit yourself before the government does

Last year, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said it planned to audit 200 control entities and then follow up with 400 business associates in 2015. Officials there also said they had over 6,000 complaints last year. During an April … Continue reading

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