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Messaging often fails to meet HIPAA requirements

July 6, 2017  |  David Raths
article

Providers like the convenience of messaging colleagues and patients, not realizing that they could be violating HIPAA regulations by sending protected health information. It’s a fairly common problem.

What is our clinical responsibility for suicide?

June 19, 2017  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

A young woman was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after texting her boyfriend encouragement to commit suicide. Certainly, the case has legal implications, but are there psychiatric ones?

How to comply with patient record requests

February 6, 2017  |  David Raths
article

Providers must confer with federal HIPAA guidance as well as state laws permitting patients access to their clinical records upon request.

FAQs: What new SAMHSA confidentiality regulations mean to you

February 3, 2017  |  Walter H. Boone
article

SAMHSA recently published its long-awaited final rules governing confidentiality of patient records for substance abuse disorders. Here is what treatment centers need to know about them.

Report: Healthcare industry workers lack basic cybersecurity awareness

November 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi, Contributing Editor
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 A new report finds that the healthcare industry is lacking in basic security awareness among staff with a heightened risk of attacks through social engineering.

How to safeguard your data against ransomware

September 28, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Hackers are crippling behavioral healthcare organizations’ operations by holding their data hostage with ransomware. Here are ways to prevent such an attack on your system.

4 steps to prepare for HIE participation

September 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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HIEs can help providers offer a higher quality of care that reflects well in a value-based payment model, but significant groundwork must be completed before participating.

Report: 8 states friendly for telemental health

August 2, 2016  |  Marlene M. Maheu, PhD
blog

The American Telemedicine Association report card helps decision-makers assess which states are supportive of new telehealth services and which ones have failed to remove roadblocks.

Standardized data needed to unlock IT's potential

July 7, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

The use of EHRs in behavioral health is significantly lower than general healthcare, and developing structure and standardization will be critical for increasing the tech’s viability, according to a new report.

Safeguard the privacy of behavioral health apps

June 15, 2016  |  Marlene M. Maheu, PhD
blog

Clinicians need to be trained to think through their ethical and legal duties related to confidentiality, that is, their duty to protect the patient’s privacy when using any app.

What Works: Cloud computing

April 1, 2016  |  Brian Albright
article

Maintaining patient records on a cloud-based platform helped Creative Treatment Options resume daily operations quickly after a devastating fire destroyed its facility.

What to do if a data breach happens to you

March 16, 2016  |  David Raths
article

Providers of all sizes can take proactive steps to avoid security breaches while also creating a plan to react quickly if a breach does occur.

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