With growing frequency, vendors market their software, devices, and services as “HIPAA Compliant”. This feeds into the mistaken belief that such beasts exist. It’s somewhat understandable.
If you are a user of Gmail, you may have noticed something new recently. A small red padlock has been mysteriously appearing on some of the emails you are receiving or composing.
Whether you see Edward Snowden as a patriotic whistle blower or a traitor to his country, he has some valuable insights into technology and privacy.
There has been a lot of emphasis in recent years on creation of a professional will, a document that clarifies who has responsibility for client records and finances, should a therapist die. While a professional will is a great start, it is not enough.
We’ve probably all done it. Signed a contract or checked an “I agree to the terms and conditions” box on a web site without a thorough reading of the terms. I’ll readily admit that I’ve done it dozens of times. There are certain instances, however, when it’s imperative that we read through such agreements.
Many of us are concerned, even wary, about what health insurance companies do with the medical data they collect about us and our clients. What’s perhaps even more concerning is the prevalence of such data being used, traded, and sold by other entities, including some EHR (Electronic Health Record) vendors.