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July 2014
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Catch up on the latest industry news such as HHS personnel changes, BYOD news and tips from the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum that was in San Diego last month, and more news from CynergisTek. We also have several upcoming HIPAA compliance workshops to invite you to and we hope to see you at one soon. 
HHS Secretary Names New OCR Director

Jocelyn Smith will replace Leon Rodriguez as the director of OCR. The news comes after U.S. Senate voted on June 25th for Rodriguez to serve as director of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  



BYOD Tips From Industry Experts


"Crafting a BYOD policy for your hospital or health system? Start simply, include users in your planning committee, and expect problems." Learn what experts discussed in, "BYOD: A Fresh Perspective - Avoid Bring-Your-Own-DISASTER Scenario" at the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum.


Is an Online Risk Analysis That Pays for Fines & Penalties a Bad Bet?


Before gambling your business or healthcare practice, you should carefully consider how your approach to conducting an information security risk analysis stacks up. Some organizations utilize an online risk analysis service and David Holtzman, VP of compliance, asks, "How can a two hour online survey adequately address the regulatory requirements and help organizations implement an ongoing risk management program?" 



More HHS Changes: Joy Pritts to Leave ONC

Last month Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, announced that she is leaving ONC on July 12. Pritts was influential during her time with ONC. She dedicated her efforts to improve patient privacy and help patients obtain more rights to their information. 


Upcoming Compliance Workshops
Join local privacy, security and IT peers for a free HIPAA compliance workshop. All sessions are led by either industry expert Mac McMillan or David Holtzman. They will review top security and privacy challenges, including impacts of the Omnibus Rule, review all of the different compliance audits and look at some of the top security threats. McMillan and Holtzman share insight from their firsthand experience and provide guidance for attendees to incorporate into their privacy and security programs.
  • 7/8 Columbus, GA 
  • 7/10 Tallahassee
  • 7/17 Mountain View, CA
  • 8/12 Atlanta
  • 8/14 Albany, GA
  • 8/14 Chicago
Click here to register for the workshop in your city. If you don't see your city email us to schedule a workshop in your area.


Security Risk Assessment Debate


Listen to an expert panel discuss what we need to do to help organizations in terms of where they stand with risk analysis and risk assessment. Panelists include security expert Mac McMillan, HIT legal expert Adam Greene of Davis, Wright and Tremaine and seasoned healthcare security officer Sharon Finney of Adventist Health System. 


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We would like to hear from you on what news and topics you would like to see from CynergisTek. Click here to fill out the brief survey.

Compliance Q&A


In every newsletter we answer some of the toughest compliance questions we receive from our newsletter readers, clients and at association events. This month David Holtzman answers, "Are Medicaid transportation brokers considered a Business Associate?". 






Have a compliance question that you would like answered by the experts? Email us your question.