Recently the “Department of Health and Human Services has made changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to allow certain covered entities to disclose to the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NCIBS) the identities of individuals who are prohibited from having a firearm, for reasons related to mental health.”
It’s a new year, and here at Paubox we are excited to see what 2016 will hold for us as we continue to look for ways to make HIPAA compliant encryption services easier for users. Part of our plan includes partnering with leaders in the IT industry to help organizations implement Paubox as part of their cyber security strategy.
There are lots of ways patients can improve their overall health, but a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) found that those who used email to initiate conversations with their providers improved their overall health more than those who did not use email. [Read more…]
We recently covered how you can use Apple’s FileVault to encrypt your Mac’s hard drive for free. In this post, we’ll cover some free utilities to encrypt your hard drive using Microsoft Windows. Encrypting your computer’s hard drive is a crucial component of HIPAA compliance and should not be overlooked.
BitLocker, which is Microsoft’s disk encryption technology, is only included in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, and the Enterprise and Pro editions of Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. It’s not included however, in the Home editions, which is what often comes pre-installed on Windows laptops.
You can use Apple’s FileVault full disk encryption (FileVault 2) for free to help prevent access to protected health information (PHI) stored on your Mac. Encrypting your Mac’s hard drive is a crucial component of HIPAA compliance and should not be overlooked.
To use this free feature, you need OS X Lion or later, and a working OS X Recovery volume on your startup disk.
Here’s how to Enable FileVault
You can check to see if FileVault is turned on in the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences.