Healthcare Information Security
  • Maintaining Healthcare Security Compliance in the Cloud

    May 2, 2016 - The evolution of the cloud has seen many healthcare organizations evolve from private, to public, and now to hybrid cloud platforms. In reality, almost every cloud environment within a pubic cloud has some sort of connection back to the central data center. So, at some level almost all public clouds are some percentage hybrid. A recent Gartner report  indicates that 2016 will be a defining...

  • 3 Tools to Help Prevent Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

    April 29, 2016 - Healthcare ransomware attacks are one of the current top concerns for many covered entities, but this type of cybersecurity infiltration is not a new issue. However, it is hitting the healthcare industry more often as more organizations begin to use connected devices and networks.  By incorporating strong employee training, using updated technology, and ensuring that a comprehensive disaster...

  • Understanding the Gray Areas in HIPAA Compliance

    April 28, 2016 - Several weeks have passed since the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of phase two of its HIPAA audit program. No surprises, then, that HIPAA compliance is a topic that’s receiving a lot of attention right now. To add fuel to the compliance fire, it seems barely a day passes without news of another large data breach hitting the headlines, or without a report...

  • Using Risk Assessments, Management for OCR HIPAA Audits

    April 26, 2016 - There has been much discussion over the second round of OCR HIPAA audits, with covered entities of all sizes wanting to know how they can best prepare for a potential investigation. Having an updated and thorough risk management process will be a key part of that preparation, one expert maintains, as well as an understanding of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The recent announcement...


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PA Court Rejects Healthcare Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently dismissed claims in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit, explaining that the trial court needs to review the plaintiff’s claim under the Uniform Trade Practices and Consumer Protection...

Maintaining Healthcare Security Compliance in the Cloud

The evolution of the cloud has seen many healthcare organizations evolve from private, to public, and now to hybrid cloud platforms. In reality, almost every cloud environment within a pubic cloud has some sort of connection back to the central...

3 Tools to Help Prevent Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

Healthcare ransomware attacks are one of the current top concerns for many covered entities, but this type of cybersecurity infiltration is not a new issue. However, it is hitting the healthcare industry more often as more organizations begin...

Understanding the Gray Areas in HIPAA Compliance

Several weeks have passed since the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of phase two of its HIPAA audit program. No surprises, then, that HIPAA compliance is a topic that’s receiving a lot of attention right now....

Joint Commission Lifts Ban on Clinician Secure Texting

The Joint Commission announced in its May 2016 Perspectives newsletter. that it has ended its ban on clinician secure texting and secure messaging options. While healthcare organizations may allow orders to be sent via text messaging, the commission...

Phishing Scam Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach in WY

Wyoming Medical Center has reported on their website a potential healthcare data breach due to a phishing scam. Approximately 3,184 individuals were notified by the medical center that their PHI may have been accessed by an unauthorized user....

Human Error Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

Healthcare data breaches in 2015 were more likely to be caused by human error in the form of stolen or lost assets, insider and privilege misuse, and miscellaneous errors, such as improper device disposal or mishandling PHI, reported Verizon...

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