HIPAA Alert: Employee Mistake Costs a Hospital $750,000

A Washington hospital's employee opened an email attachment containing malicious malware, leading to a breach of 90,000 patient names, demographic info, dates of birth, social security numbers, medical record numbers, dates of service, charges or balance due and insurance identification or Medicare numbers. Do you understand the increased risk of sophisticated phishing attacks?


HIPAA Alert: Termination Checklist

Hospital employees can earn prison sentences for inappropriately accessing confidential medical records — even after termination from the job. Supervisors, are you following the Termination Checklist to ensure all steps are taken to terminate an employee’s access to the network?


HIPAA Alert: Who Can Hear You?

What complaints have been received about the way patient information is discussed? Before speaking, imagine that you are the patient and this is your information that is being discussed -- then adjust your volume, tone and speech accordingly.


HIPAA Alert: Social Networking Cautionary Tales

One of the top areas of concern for HIPAA officials is the use – and misuse – of social networking sites by healthcare employees. Take care not to jeopardize patient privacy or your employment status with thoughtless posts on social networking sites. 


HIPAA Alert: Secure Emailing of Patient Information

Do you know how to transmit electronic patient information securely? Do you know how and when to encrypt your emails by typing ZIXIT? Follow these essential guidelines to ensure you don’t violate HIPAA security rules.


Safety First: Back-to-School Safety Tips

So many of the lessons we learned in childhood still apply. Take good care of yourself and stay safety smart on the job and off.


HIPAA Alert: Safeguarding Written Information

Do you know the cause of the majority of HIPAA breaches?  Accidental disclosure of protected health information (PHI) through mishandling of paper records.


HIPAA Alert: Four Social Media Myths

These four mistaken beliefs about social media can lead to HIPAA violations.


Safety First: Latex Safety

Follow these safety tips to help us protect our patients, visitors and fellow employees who may have latex sensitivities or allergies.


HIPAA Alert: Mobile Device Pitfalls

REMINDER: Methodist strictly forbids the use of mobile devices to exchange protected health information (PHI). Please review Methodist’s Mobile/Cell Phone Policy and the Photographs and Recording Policy. 


HIPAA Alert: Accessing Your Medical Record

REMINDER: Adhere to policies regarding employees' access to their own computerized medical records and those of dependent minor children. The required HIPAA-compliant authorizations for release of medical information that must be signed and on file to access a spouse's or another family member's record are available on mhsintranet.


Safety First: Chemical Hazards

Know how to protect yourself and others from chemical hazards.


Safety First: Sharps Safety

Know how to protect yourself and others from needlestick injuries.


Safety First: Remember Fire Safety

Be ready to respond and evacuate patients, visitors, customers and employees in a fire emergency.


Safety First: Watch Out for Hazards

Be on the lookout for potential safety hazards and know how to report unsafe conditions in the workplace.