Avoiding Your Own “Internal State of Emergency"


Just this week, two more hospitals in the US publicly announced that they were hit by ransomware.  Alvaro Hospital Medical Center and King’s Daughters’ Health joined the ranks of Kentucky Methodist Hospital, Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital of California that were attacked and their data held for ransom. Although these organizations are said not to have paid, a previous attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Centre in Los Angeles cost that organization nearly $17,000.

Doug Vitale, CISSP
Read more

OCR Phase 2 Audit Program Launched -- Nuggets to Know


Recently, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) launched Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program by sending emails to covered entities and their business associates requesting confirmation of contact information.

Our Security, Privacy and Compliance (SPAC) team at BluePrint Healthcare IT is committed to bringing salient insights as Phase 2 unfolds. We are currently evaluating their guidance and the information available to incorporate relevant components into our services and program.

Nate Volkman, MBA
Read more

Tales from the Frontlines of Mental Health in Kansas City


Tales from the Frontlines of Mental Health in Kansas City: How simulation exercises used in the military will improve the way patients are being treated for mental health conditions and support the transition of their private medical data between providers, emergency departments and community support.

Mark E. Ferrari, MS, PMP, CISSP, HCISPP
Read more