HIPAA Compliance and the Handling of Personal Health Information

Patient information security is one of the most important elements in medicine. Keeping patient records and details confidential is morally respectful, and also maintains an element of trust between a doctor and an individual. Failing to comply by HIPAA regulations can also be extremely costly. We’re talking $13,000-per-day fine amount for HIPPA violations in medical facilities. DataShield thoroughly understands and …

2016 National Association of Information Destruction Conference

Last week four members of the DataShield Team attended NAID’s annual conference in Orlando, FL. As AAA NAID Certified providers it is our job to keep up to date on everything that involves information security so you don’t have to. After attending many sessions and talking to colleagues from around the country and the globe there is no doubt that …

Denver Pharmacy PHI Dump Results in $125,000 Fine

Think your small businesses is immune to a HIPAA fine? Think again. A sall Denver pharmacy just got a large dose of reality—in the form of a $125,000 fine for throwing paper patient records in the dumpster. Officials learned of the data breach through a local news outlet regarding the disposal of unshredded documents containing the protected health information of …

3 Steps to Safe Guard Office Copier from Data Breach

Multi-function copy machines are essential to the success of any business—from making copies to scanning documents and even sending emails. But small business owners beware: office copy machines can also pose a security threat to staff or clients. “Sixty to 70 percent of leased digital copiers are remarketed,” Carmen Pitarra said. “In today’s data-driven world, information can be easily obtained …

Second Largest Health Insurer is Latest Victim to Cyber Attack

Forty million U.S. customers of Anthem Inc are on high alert of possible identity theft after the health insurer reported a massive cyber security breath. The company said the “very sophisticated attack” involved one of its IT systems and hackers stole former and current customers’ birthdays, social security numbers and contact and employment information including income data. To read the …