Not long ago I heard a gentleman speaking with radio show host Clark Howard about a phone he purchased online. He said it had all sorts of personal information belonging to the previous owner including her healthcare records. Ouch.
If I understood the caller correctly it sounded like this personal information was sent to the previous owner by her doctor. A doctor who I’m sure is HIPAA compliant…after all, as most healthcare practitioners know, all you need for HIPAA compliance is a sticker-based sign-in sheet and notice of privacy practices handout. OK, maybe a firewall and anti-virus software if you want to go out on a limb and buy into the compliance comes in a box theory. But I digress…
Be careful out there folks. Compliance requirements or not, our smartphones are going to make us look dumber and dumber moving forward if we’re not careful.
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