Alert: New HIPAA Rules Could Affect Your Organization's Email System

Written by Paul Judge


On April 21, 2005, a new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security rule went into effect. The requirements of this rule, which are basically information security best practices, focus onrepparttar three cornerstones of a solid information security infrastructure: confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.

The HIPAA regulatory requirements encompass transmission, storage and discoverability of Protected Health Information (PHI). Givenrepparttar 138604 widespread use and mission-critical nature of email, enforcement of HIPAA encryption policies andrepparttar 138605 growing demand for secure email solutions, email security has never been more important torepparttar 138606 healthcare industry than it is right now.

Although many assume it applies only to health care providers, HIPAA affects nearly all companies that regularly transmit or store employee health insurance information. HIPAA was signed into law in 1996 by former President Bill Clinton, withrepparttar 138607 intent of protecting employee health and insurance information when workers changed or lost their jobs. As Internet use became more widespread inrepparttar 138608 mid-to-late 1990s, HIPAA requirements overlapped withrepparttar 138609 digital revolution and offered direction to organizations needing to exchange healthcare information.

HIPAA inrepparttar 138610 Workplace Collaboration between employers and healthcare professionals has grown increasingly digital, and email has played an ever-increasing role in this communication. However, emailís increased importance can lead to severe consequences without proper security and privacy measures implemented.

In addition torepparttar 138611 usual concerns about privacy and security of email correspondence, even organizations that are not inrepparttar 138612 healthcare industry must now considerrepparttar 138613 regulatory compliance requirements associated with HIPAA. The Administrative Simplification section of HIPAA, which, among other things, mandates privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI), has sparked concern about how email containing PHI should be treated inrepparttar 138614 corporate setting. HIPAA, as it relates to email security, is an enforcement of otherwise well-known best practices that include:

"Winnie the Pooh": Online Educational Fun for Children

Written by Jesse S. Somer


Recently I read a very cool book called "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff written back inrepparttar 1980's. It shows howrepparttar 138603 popular children's cartoon bear Winnierepparttar 138604 Pooh created by A.A. Milne in England inrepparttar 138605 1920's, though a Western concept, actually embodiesrepparttar 138606 ideology ofrepparttar 138607 great Chinese (Eastern) philosophy Taoism (pronounced Daoism). I remember enjoying Winnierepparttar 138608 Pooh stories when I was a kid so I thought I'd dorepparttar 138609 modern task of searching for his name onrepparttar 138610 Internet. Of course there are hundreds of sites based on Pooh, but I decided to go torepparttar 138611 official site entitled: http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/pooh/. Uh oh, Disney! Of course Disney didn't haverepparttar 138612 rights on Pooh Bear fromrepparttar 138613 start, but where there is a dollar to be made inrepparttar 138614 realm of children's entertainment...

I may sound a little judgmental here, but I just get a weird feeling about Disney, like they are planning to take overrepparttar 138615 world one day, possibly replacingrepparttar 138616 current governor of California, movie 'star' Arnold Swartzenegger, with Donald Duck or heaven help us, Goofy. Then again maybe that wouldn't really changerepparttar 138617 world much at all! I don't want to get too political as this article is basically going to be a positive review ofrepparttar 138618 Pooh website, but when I think about it, having Pooh Bear as president instead of George Bush could have some really happy and peaceful repercussions aroundrepparttar 138619 globe.

Getting pastrepparttar 138620 idea that Pooh Bear has been 'acquired' byrepparttar 138621 Disney Corporation there are some positives in all situations (Taoist belief ofrepparttar 138622 balance of yin and yang energies) and one of these isrepparttar 138623 fact that Disney have a lot of power and money behind them. Therefore,repparttar 138624 Pooh Bear website in question sets a very high standard of how highrepparttar 138625 quality of websites can reach. The colored graphics are astounding as well asrepparttar 138626 movement and interactivity ofrepparttar 138627 site in general. The main point ofrepparttar 138628 site that I want to emphasize isrepparttar 138629 enjoyable educational value that it holds for children approximately 3-6 years of age, although after reading Hoff's novel, parents and people like myself can also get something out ofrepparttar 138630 stories. Milne's original tales were a social commentary atrepparttar 138631 time of writing as well as promoting happiness and friendship torepparttar 138632 youngest generation. Hopefully in keeping in character, Disney doesn't lose too much ofrepparttar 138633 original purpose and perspective, though in being perpetually politically correct I'm sure all real controversy has disappeared like honey from Pooh Bear's jars.

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