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How Does Data De-Identification Affect Clinical Research?

July 30, 2015 - Health data de-identification can give healthcare organizations an opportunity to present data for research purposes in a way that does not compromise patient privacy. Clinical research in both the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are beginning to adopt this approach to data security and health data sharing. Protecting patient privacy throughout that entire process is key, according...


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McLean Hospital Reports Health Data Breach, Affects 12,600

Massachusetts-based McLean Hospital announced this week that it had suffered from a health data breach, potentially affecting 12,600 individuals. McLean discovered on May 29, 2015 that four unencrypted backup data tapes were missing, according...

Children’s National Health Data Breach Leads to Lawsuit

Children’s National Health System is facing a class-action lawsuit following a health data breach where 18,000 patients potentially had their information compromised. The incident took place toward the end of 2014, and occurred when Children’s...

OhioHealth Missing Flash Drive Leads to Health Data Breach

After misplacing an unencrypted flash drive, OhioHealth has issued health data breach notification letters, according to a statement issued on the company’s website. OhioHealth discovered that the flash drive was missing on May 29. While...

New Healthcare Cybersecurity Options in HITRUST Partnership

Healthcare cybersecurity remains a hot topic in the industry, especially as large-scale health data breaches continue to occur. However, a recently announced partnership hopes to offer better cyber insurance options for healthcare organizations,...

EHR Security Essential in HIE Push, Says AHA to Congress

As the push for HIE continues, it is important to not lose sight of EHR security, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a letter to Congress, the AHA explained that it is important to strengthen the existing policy framework...

PHI Data Breaches, Fraud in Georgia and New York

PHI data breach security is a primary concern for all healthcare professionals. However, in recent weeks, it has been challenged at both the Georgia Divisions of Aging Services and at Healthfirst, a health insurance agency based in New York....

NIST Releases Draft Guide on Mobile Device Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) released a draft guide for healthcare providers on mobile device security. The draft is designed to help facilities keep patient...

How to Implement Strong HIPAA Technical Safeguards

Having strong HIPAA technical safeguards is essential for healthcare organizations of all sizes. However, it is also critical that those safeguards are not the only data security measure that covered entities rely on to keep data protected. Jeffrey...

How the Patient Safety Rule Ties into HIPAA Regulations

There are many essential aspects to HIPAA regulations, and how covered entities and their business associates must work to remain compliant. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) is another important regulation to understand,...

Is Health Data Security Improved or Hindered with CISOs?

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are often thought of as having a critical role in a healthcare organization’s health data security measures. However, if a recent survey is any indication, not everyone else in the C-suite necessarily...

How Does Health Data Security Tie in to Patient Access?

Health data sharing, and letting patients have greater access to their own health data, are becoming increasingly popular topics in the healthcare industry. With technology evolving, more organizations are working to stay current, while also...

UCLA Faces Lawsuit After Health Data Breach

UCLA Health System is facing a class action case in California federal court, following a health data breach that potentially affected 4.5 million patients, according to Law360. The plaintiff, Michael Allen, argues that UCLA Health was negligent...

How Next-Generation Firewalls Can Improve Health IT Security

As new threats emerge and as the healthcare organization becomes even more digital, one thing is becoming very clear: there is no one silver bullet around health IT security. Today, the security ecosystem is an end-to-end architecture involving...

How Are Spear Phishing and Cyber Threats Impacting Pharma?

Spear phishing is becoming an increasingly important issue in the healthcare industry. Cyber criminals have evolved their approach, and are even beginning to target high-ranking healthcare professionals in attempts to gain access to sensitive...

VA Q2 Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Notification

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) released its Q2 report to Congress and is seeing a 12.2 percent increase in the number of data breach notification letters being sent out to veterans. In the Q2 report, the VA reported a total of...

No HIPAA Violation for Employees Retaining PHI, Says Court

Former hospital employees who retained PHI following their termination at an Arkansas hospital did not commit a HIPAA violation, according to an Arkansas court decision. Pam Howard previously worked at the Division of General Surgery of the University...

AHA: Prohibit Health Plan Identifiers in HIPAA Transactions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should prohibit Health Plan Identifiers (HPID) and Other Entity Identifiers (OEID) when used within a HIPAA transaction, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). The AHA submitted...

How Wireless Controls Can Impact Health Data Security

It’s a new kind of digital world out there, and it can impact an organization's health data security options. Healthcare organizations are working with new technologies which are improving productivity as well as patient care. These...

HIPAA Regulations Not Data Exchange Barrier, Says Halamka

HIPAA regulations can sometimes be used as an excuse for why healthcare organizations are unable to exchange information. Digital health information and health data sharing are increasingly necessary for the changing healthcare environment, according...

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