Patient Privacy & Security

Why a BAA is critical for dental practices
Why a BAA is critical for dental practicesWhat's a BAA, and why is it so important for your dental practice? Dr. Lorne Lavine explores why this document could be crucial to HIPAA compliance.
Applying OperaDDS in your practice
Applying OperaDDS in your practiceIn this tech brief, we examine OperaDDS, a comprehensive communication program.
4 crucial steps for dealing with a data breachA data breach in the dental industry isn’t just nerve-wracking – it’s also expensive and can potentially shut a practice down. The bad news is nearly every company will experience a data breach of some kind during the life of their company.
Imaging in a HIPAA world
Imaging in a HIPAA worldThe majority of dental offices now use some sort of image management system.
Risky business: HIPAA compliance and the importance of risk analysis assessments
Risky business: HIPAA compliance and the importance of risk analysis assessmentsAs we have discussed in many previous articles, HIPAA has changed the way that dental practices need to operate. Not only do dentists need to be current on the latest technology and IT systems, but they must also ensure that they incorporate technologies in a HIPAA-compliant manner.
To encrypt or not to encrypt… It’s not really a question!
To encrypt or not to encrypt… It’s not really a question!Encryption is something you shouldn't be neglecting, just because it's not mandatory.
MacPractice DDS 5.1 features next-generation dental chartingA leading OS X native dental software, ICD-10-capable MacPractice 5.1 is compatible with Yosemite (required for charting) and Mavericks and interoperates with MacPractice’s iOS 8 compatible Patient Check In, Clipboard and iEHR apps for iPad, as well MacPractice Interface for iPad and MacPractice Interface for iPhone.
3 things you must do if a data breach occurs in your dental practiceWhile the breach notification rule can be devastating, properly planning to protect your critical data can ensure that you never have to go through this process.
The 5 crucial components of a HIPAA contingency plan Of all the HIPAA rules and regulations, having a contingency plan is easily the most critical. In dentistry, we use various terms like data backup, disaster recovery and practice continuity, but they all mean the same thing: you need to have a solid backup of your critical practice data.
The 5 most commonly forgotten things about HIPAA Technological advances have given healthcare professionals the ability to correspond efficiently with medical professionals, specialists and consultants. This not only allows doctors to provide patients with the care they deserve, but also appropriate for their medical needs. These technological advances however, create concerns for patients if doctors and staff are not guarding their information.