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How Cybersecurity National Action Plan Affects Healthcare

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Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced the implementation of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) in an effort to further improve the nation’s approach to cybersecurity.   The long-term strategy is designed “to...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

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An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

HIMSS: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Positive, Can Improve

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While the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework can be greatly beneficial for the healthcare industry, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) explained that the Framework...

Majority of 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches Due to IT Hacking

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This past year saw over one million patient health files breached through nearly 258 large-scale healthcare data breaches. According to Redspin’s recent Breach Report 2015: Protected Health Information (PHI), 98 percent of those breaches...

Understanding Health Data Security and Print Infrastructure

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The last two years have seen several high profile, costly health data security breaches from some major healthcare organizations including Anthem Healthcare, Premera Blue Cross BlueShield, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and UCLA Health System....

How Magruder Hospital Balances PHI Security, Innovation

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Ohio-based Magruder Hospital might be a small critical access organization, but that does not mean that it has not taken the necessary steps to keep its PHI security a top priority. Magruder IT Director Dan Thompson told HealthITSecurity.com...

HHS Revises Rules for More Patient Privacy in Drug Abuse Care

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be changing its regulations for health information exchange (HIE) security and patient privacy for individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse disorders. In a recent press release,...

What Does 2016 Hold for Healthcare Data Security, Storage?

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Welcome to 2016! I’m sure all of you got some cool new gadgets or toys in your stockings. Maybe it was a new iPhone. Or, maybe you got a new Pebble Watch. Or - you just bought a new google-ready 70-inch LED TV. One thing pretty much...

ONC: HIPAA Regulations Help, Not Hinder Interoperability

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It is a common misconception that HIPAA regulations hinder covered entities’ ability to move patient information, according to a recent blog post by ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage, J.D. and ONC Privacy Analyst Aja Brooks, J.D. Contrary...

Why Collaboration is Key for FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity

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Medical device cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for both healthcare providers and device manufacturers. Moreover, the FDA recently released draft guidance on how medical device manufacturers must monitor, identify and...

Potential Medicaid Data Breach for 13K Louisiana Recipients

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The Louisiana Attorney General’s office recently announced that an individual was arrested on Medicaid fraud charges, stemming from stolen Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHCC) information. LHCC explained in a statement on its website...

Home Health Provider to Pay $240K in HIPAA Violation Fines

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Lincare, Inc., will need to pay $239,800 in fines for a HIPAA violation, according to a notice from the Office for Civil Rights. This decision comes from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Department of Health and Human Services following...

Brown Offers ‘Hands-On’ Approach to Cybersecurity Threats

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As cybersecurity threats continue to increase across all industries, including healthcare, it is essential that organizations take the time to implement comprehensive strategies to combat those threats. Brown University recently announced its...

Senate HELP Draft Brings Health Data Security Concern

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Recently proposed health IT and EHR legislation from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has brought forth some health data privacy and security concerns from industry stakeholders. The draft legislation was designed...

Are Patients Concerned with Their Healthcare Data Security?

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Despite increasing healthcare data security concerns, consumers appear to trust the healthcare industry with their personal information the most compared to other industries. According to a report from TRUSTe and the National Cybersecurity Alliance,...

More Hospitals Invest Spending in Healthcare Data Security

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Hospitals are responding to healthcare data security threats, with nearly 29 percent of them targeting facility IT spending toward increased security, according to a recent IDC study. Over the course of the past year, healthcare data security...

Utah Dept. of Health Medicaid Data Security Risks Found

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The Utah Department of Health (DOH) was found to have certain Medicaid data security risks, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Along with weaknesses found in a comprehensive information system general controls audit,...

Vendors Needed for NCCoE Guide on Secure Medical Devices

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The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is calling for vendor participation in a project which will investigate how to better enable secure medical devices....

Are You Prepared for the OCR HIPAA Audits?

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If Paul Revere were alive today, instead of warning, “The British are coming!” he might proclaim to healthcare organizations, “The auditors are coming! Be prepared!” Although the HITECH Act audit requirement became effective...

DHS Cybersecurity Protection System Can Improve, Finds GAO

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) has some room for improvement, according to a recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The current metrics that DHS has developed...

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