Archive for October, 2013

Employee Training Best Defense Against Security Breach: HIPAA Compliance, Safe Shredding and Due Diligence

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Owning your own business can be bittersweet. As a business owner, there are several wonderful benefits when owning a business. You are your own boss, can make your own hours, tax write-offs, etc. There are also the inevitable headaches that go along with being a business owner; long hours, little recognition for your hard work, upset customers, and disgruntle employees. At the end of the day, the good, the bad and the exceptionally ugly fall on your shoulders. Thankfully most business mistakes can be handled internally with minimal expense but what happens when you are face with larger, more costly mistakes? According to some studies, proper employee training is essential to the success of your business. Most employees want to succeed at work, but lack of training is the number one reason for poor job performance. As an employer, it is your responsibility to train your employees and provide follow up and review. What happens when your employee doesn’t know the correct way to handle, store and dispose of your business’s sensitive and confidential documents? Do the employees know the updated HIPAA laws? What needs to be shredded? How long must documents be stored? If your employees are not trained properly, mistakes can happen and breaches can result. Sure, the employee will face consequences but who will suffer greatest? You, the business owner. With new privacy laws coming about more regularly, punishments and fines hefty and more strictly enforced, it is ever more important that your employees are trained in proper document handling and disposal. Do your due diligence by conducting an in house audit of your policy, test your policies against a security breach, review your training policy and decide for yourself, are you setting yourself up for a great big headache or have you done your due diligence as a business owner?

Check out these articles for more information.

Poor Employee Training Leading to Security Breach

How To Avoid Breaches

Medical Records Containing Personal Information Found in Dumpster

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Medical Records with patients personal information such as name, address, social security number were found in a dumpster behind a Family Dollar store in Florida. The files were did not appear to be shredded when the Family Dollar store worker found them in the dumpster. Full Article