Healthcare Information Security
  • NY Clarifies Minor Patient Data Access, Maintains Security

    January 18, 2017 - Health data security is often a top concern with patient data access, especially as the push for interoperability continues and covered entities continue to utilize electronic devices. Ambiguity can make this process more difficult, and both patients and providers need to understand how data can be accessed, under what circumstances, and be reassured that it will not fall into the wrong hands....

  • Protecting Your Healthcare Brand by Investing in Data Security

    January 17, 2017 - The modern trends around digitization and cloud have absolutely catapulted cybersecurity into the forefront of concerns for healthcare admins and IT decision makers. A recent Ponemon study, analyzing the cost of data breaches, found that the average cost of breaches at organizations have jumped past $4 million per incident, a 29 percent increase since 2013 and 5 percent increase since last...

  • Utilizing Healthcare Authentication for Stronger Data Security

    January 16, 2017 - Finding the right balance between security and convenience is often tricky for healthcare providers, especially as technology continues to quickly evolve. Implementing stronger access controls and healthcare authentication options can help ensure that only authorized individuals can access, use, and transport sensitive data. Proper employee training will also help users understand how to work...

  • What Happened with mHealth Security, Mobile Privacy in 2016?

    December 30, 2016 - Covered entities and business associates are continuously searching for the technologies that can improve physician workflow, while also ensuring PHI security. Mobile devices are increasing in popularity, and are quickly becoming beneficial tools for healthcare. However, mHealth security measures cannot be ignored, and mobile data must be considered when organizations track where PHI is stored...


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2016 Healthcare Data Breaches Largely From Employee Error

While the business sector led the way in reported data breaches for 2016, healthcare came in second by accounting for 34.5 percent of overall reported breaches, according to research from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout....

DHS Cyber Incident Response Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Risk

The Department of Homeland Security released a refreshed version of its National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), with a strong focus on how the US can react to cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure. The NCIRP as previously published...

Patient Privacy Addressed in Recent HHS Confidentiality Rule

The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations were recently updated and modernized, specifically addressing patient privacy concerns for individuals seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder. The changes were...

Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware...

$2.2M OCR HIPAA Settlement Highlights ePHI Safeguard Need

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced a HIPAA settlement stemming from allegations of a lack of ePHI safeguards. MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico (MAPFRE) agreed to the...

NY Clarifies Minor Patient Data Access, Maintains Security

Health data security is often a top concern with patient data access, especially as the push for interoperability continues and covered entities continue to utilize electronic devices. Ambiguity can make this process more difficult, and both...

Focusing on Audit Controls to Maintain PHI Security

Reviewing and securing audit trails, while also ensuring the proper tools to collect, monitor, and review those audit trails are in place are key audit control considerations for covered entities and business associates, according to the Office...

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