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HIPAA Q&A: You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers!

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 21, 2014

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Submit your HIPAA questions to Editor Jaclyn Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@hcpro.com and we will work with our experts to provide you with the information you need.
 
Q: Our organization does not support the use of USB drives. Is that typical?
 
A: Not allowing the use of USB drives in company workstations is becoming more and more common. What is also increasingly common is limiting the use of USB drives and requiring encryption for all USB drives. There is significant risk associated with USB drives as with all other portable media if they are not properly managed. The loss of an unencrypted USB drive storing PHI can get very expensive very quickly.
 
Editor’s note: Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, Ore., answered this question for HCPro’s Briefings on HIPAA newsletter.



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