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    • Top five qualities of a healthcare secure messaging platform

      With the understanding that healthcare organizations absolutely need to implement some type of secure communications platform, the question becomes what should they be looking for in a product? Tech-savvy healthcare organizations know that there are...

    • Healthcare risk assessment strategy: Finding assets, gaps

      Risk assessment is something we all do in healthcare and in our daily lives. Consider crossing the road. Should you cross at the lights? Can you trust the traffic to obey the lights? Doctors perform risk assessments when prescribing medications or eval...

    • IBM threat intelligence report: Heartbleed bug effects

      The IBM X-Force recently released its Threat Intelligence Quarterly report for Q3 2014 and analyzed how the Heartbleed vulnerability affected its Managed Security Services (MSS) customers. The biggest Heartbleed news of late was the report from Trus...

    • Patient data de-identification: Keeping data private and useful

      Most healthcare IT experts would agree that, at the very least, there is great promise in health data analytics, even if the industry is still finding ways to maximize the value of these data sets. Part of the equation is preserving patient privacy and...

    • Learning from the Community Health Systems data breach

      A massive data breach, such as the one Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI) is currently dealing with, affects a wide range of entities. From patients to healthcare providers to the IT security vendors that are supposed to help keep data safe, a breac...

    • Cedars-Sinai reports unencrypted laptop theft, data breach

      Despite having an organization-wide device encryption policy in place, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles announced an unencrypted laptop theft that may have compromised more than 500 patients' data. According to the Cedars-Sinai statement o...

    • Woman sues Rady Children’s Hospital over data breach

      A patient whose daughter's data was compromised when Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego experienced a data breach that impacted more than 20,000 patients is suing the organization. According to VPN Creative, and the mother is suing because h...

    • Boston judge refuses hospital PHI disclosure waiver request

      A Boston judge provided a reminder this week that a healthcare organization's and a patient's rights to release medical records under HIPAA are very different and a bid for a court order wouldn't help a provider sidestep record disclosure laws. The ...

    • Maintaining HIPAA compliance by tracking IT system changes

      For the past few years, the requirements applied to IT technology in healthcare have expanded significantly, and the main three documents regulating them are the acts passed by Congress – HIPAA, HITECH and the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule. These acts ...

    • HITRUST Cyber Threat Briefing focuses on CHSI data breach

      With a concentration on the recent Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI) breach, HITRUST, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), held its Monthly Cyber Threat Briefing today....

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