Author Archives: Linda Allard

About Linda Allard

Linda Allard is the president of NEMT.

Bring your vendor into your BAAs

As a vendor, Business Associate Agreements (BAA) are something that I am very familiar with.  Our business deals with PHI directly in order to provide the services we offer. This means that we need to have a signed BAA with … Continue reading

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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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