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How to Encrypt Your Computer to Avoid HIPAA Breach Notification Requirements

Avoid HIPAA BreachThis week, Person-Centered Tech published a pithy article explaining HIPAA breach notification requirements and how to avoid them. The upshot? Encrypt your computer. Yes, that means you’ll need a password every time you open your computer. But if your computer holds client/patient information is hacked or stolen, the “safe harbor” clause of HIPAA protects you from being required to inform your clients/patients that their information was breached. Which Software to Use? Encryption is available for both PCs and Macs through a couple software add-ons that ytou might need a professional to install. That software include:

If you have a newer MAC, you might check your existing settings to simply enable FileVault2. If you have a PC, you might look into whether or not you have BitLocker on your computer. For full details, including some instructional files, see  Roy Higgins’ webpage for the original article.

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Poonam Sharma, Ph.D.

Dr. Sharma is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Antonio Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994. In her clinical practice, she provides psychotherapy for adults and specialize in working with people dealing with health issues, such as infertility, traumatic injury, and stress. She is the author of Strong Women, Strong Love: The Missing Manual for the Modern Marriage (StrongWomenStrongLove.com). Her coaching work focuses on helping professional women wanting to learn how to build a great marriage, despite the challenges of modern society. She loves making the tools and knowledge of her field highly accessible to anyone who is hoping to better their life in any way.


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