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Long Awaited HIPAA Round Two Audits Have Begun

Announced in the spring of 2014, scheduled to begin in late 2014, OCR announced this week that a second round of HIPAA Audits (following the original 2012 audits) has finally begun. I have written over the last two years that audits were imminent. I admit it felt like...

Solve Your Trickiest Compliance and Cyber Security Problems

So much is written and discussed about cyber security and compliance today. It can be overwhelming and even discouraging when it seems there is a never ending list of threats and regulatory demands on your organization. Doing everything you think you need to do or...

The Long Anticipated Next Round of HIPAA Audits Finally Taking Shape

We have been urging clients, covered entities and business associates to prepare for almost two years. As I have said many times, being prepared for an audit is more about taking the appropriate and responsible steps toward compliance and security than it is about the...

A Call to Action for Healthcare IT Security

During National Health IT Week, I am encouraged to see such a concerted effort led by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  Health IT Week has become a rallying point for the healthcare industry to face the challenges of advancing...