Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hot Rod Lincoln

Passed along without comment:

Mayo Clinic announced Friday that Hansen was no longer practicing at the clinic but would not say whether he resigned or was fired.

Hansen acknowledged to Mayo administrators that he snapped the picture of Sean Dubowik's penis, which is tattooed with the words "Hot Rod," Mayo said.

The picture was taken Dec. 11 when Hansen catheterized Dubowik before gallbladder surgery.

After Hansen told him of the picture, Dubowik, 37, said he "felt betrayed, violated and disgusted."

Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout a Sharp-Dressed Man

More Golden Hippo goodness! HIPAA, the only act in the history of the US to cover every public official posterior everywhere!

The American Civil Liberties Union of Middle Tennessee (ACLU-TN) should soon receive the information it has requested to monitor Metro Nashville Public Schools’ standard school attire policy, according to an attorney with the Metro legal department.

The information request was received by Metro Nashville Public Schools Oct. 15, and ACLU-TN requested a response within 30 days. Metro legal responded on Thursday of last week. Mary Johnston, the Metro legal department attorney heading up the legal side of the response, said the information should be ready for ACLU-TN by next week.

“We are now awaiting the [information], so all is fine,” said ACLU-TN Executive Director Hedy Weinberg in an e-mail interview.

Metro Schools spokesperson Woody McMillin said fulfilling school-related public information requests can be time-consuming, given legal restrictions including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that add time to public information requests.

So now even dress code compliance records are considered PHI! Whatta rule!

Gone Fishin'

While you are carefully guarding the front gates, don't forget you have an enemy who will cheerfully come in through the trash chute:
As long as enterprises rely on ad hoc solutions for disposing of retired IT assets, systems are going to end up in closets and warehouses wasting space until someone decides to get rid of them, often in a dumpster. To ensure proper management of old technology, enterprises must work with established IT asset recovery providers that handle the end-to-end process – reverse logistics, software asset inventory analysis and reporting, thorough data destruction, device refurbishment and resale, and finally, recycling.

We like a bulk erase and five holes through old hard drives. Tapes, paper, and floppies should be shredded. You know the drill :)