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Can You Keep a Secret? Make Sure Your Printer or Copier Can.

Virtually every organization today deals with sensitive electronic information – from confidential human resources and business records to personal health information (PHI). Today’s high-tech all-in-one printers and copiers allow you to print, scan, fax and even email these documents with the … Continue reading

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Thinking Disaster Preparedness? Don’t Forget Your Documents.

As a smart business owner or manager, you probably already have a disaster preparedness plan in place for your company. And hopefully, as you were assessing potential risks, you remembered to include an emergency back-up strategy for all that paper … Continue reading

Help Prevent Counterfeiting by Securing Your Copiers and Printers

The practice of counterfeiting currency is as old as money itself. What’s new is the spin that modern technology has given this ancient crime. In the past, forgers who created fake currency needed not only offset presses and special inks, … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 6: Document Management

A good electronic document management system is an essential part or complement to an electronic health record (EHR), as well as a copier or printer. Let us be honest – as much as you might want to deal only with e-documents, … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 5: Printer Log Management

I know one of the biggest concerns that HIPAA-Covered Entities may have right now – aside from the HIPAA audit itself – is how to ensure that PHI (protected health information) isn’t stolen or stored in a manner that doesn’t … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 4: Technical Controls

It’s almost the end of April. By now, all HIPAA-Covered Entities should at least be toying with the idea of starting a security risk analysis (required by law) in preparation for a compliance audit. Eventually, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 3: Security Risk Analysis

With HIPAA audits getting underway this year, Covered Entities are starting to ask, “What do I need to do to get ready?” As the president of an authorized Konica Minolta printer and copier company, I am asking that question, too, … Continue reading

Seven Signs Your Small Business Needs an IT Services Company

When I think back to what doing business was like just 20 years ago, I am amazed at how quickly computer and information technology have become indispensable for the vast majority of companies. When a computer freezes, things get delayed. … Continue reading

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Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 2: Business Associates

If you’re responsible for health IT at a HIPAA-covered entity, you’re probably thinking more seriously about the reality of HIPAA compliance audits, which are getting underway this year. As I discussed in my first post on HIPAA audits a couple … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 1

When the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – affectionately known as HIPAA – was passed in 1996, no one was seriously thinking about how things like the Internet, electronic health records (EHRs), cloud computing and smartphones would affect personal … Continue reading

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