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Breaking Down the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules

August 28, 2015 - The HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules are an important aspect of HIPAA operating rules and standards. These provisions required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to not only adopt national standards for certain types of transactions, and are enforced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This week, HealthITSecurity.com will break down these additional...


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Healthcare Cyberattack Reported by 81% of Execs, Says Survey

A healthcare cyberattack is something that no organization wants to experience, but if recent data is any indication, the healthcare industry is lagging when it comes to implementing necessary security measures. A recent survey from KPMG found...

Calif. Psychiatrist Reports Health Data Breach, PHI Theft

California-based psychiatrist Robert E. Soper, M.D. recently notified patients of a health data breach after his car was broken into and a desktop computer containing patient PHI was stolen from the trunk of the car. Other pieces of equipment,...

Illinois Governor Vetoes Data Breach Notification Bill

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on a data breach notification bill that would have extended the type of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing, and geolocation...

PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical...

Creating Sensors, Enforcers for Healthcare Network Security

The first point to understand in this article on healthcare network security is that we are way beyond traditional networking conversations that revolve around simply passing traffic along properly. Modern networking environments are now highly...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

HIPAA Regulations Discussed in Latest Mental Health Bill

A recently proposed mental health bill would potentially alter HIPAA regulations when it comes to individuals being treated for mental health conditions and their family members. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy...

Employee Negligence Top Health Data Breach Issue, Report Says

A large portion of health data breach incidents are tied to insider activity, employee negligence, and physical theft of devices, according to a recent SurfWatch report. The 2015 Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report found that personal information is increasingly...

VA Possibly Vulnerable to Data Breach Through Social App

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was found to be potentially vulnerable to a possible data breach through employees’ use of a social media application, according to a recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG). The...

Creating Health Data Security with a Next-Generation Network

A big part of working with today’s healthcare environment is designing a robust health data security solution. Of course, this involves securing the entire network as well. In many cases, administrators fear that too much security also...

High-Profile Patients Prompt Internal Health Data Breaches

No matter the many safeguards against hacking and cyberattacks are put into place in hospital records, sometimes hospitals need to protect against their own employees’ nosiness as well. Such was the case for the Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit...

Keeping Mobile Security A Priority in Connected Networks

As more healthcare organizations implement and use connected devices, it is essential that they have comprehensive mobile security measures in place. No covered entity wants to experience a data breach, especially one that could have been prevented...

How Health Data Security, Healthcare CISOs Are Evolving

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) typically play an integral role when it comes to a healthcare organization's health data security plan. With technology continuing to evolve, it is essential that the CISO role also evolve as necessary....

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries

The protected health information (PHI) of 1,622 Colorado residents was exposed when letters containing the sensitive information were sent to the incorrect households. The data breach, which affected patients who receive state healthcare benefits,...

OPM Data Breach Leads to Another Class Action Suit

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following the large scale OPM data breach that took place earlier this year. Judge Teresa J. McGarry...

Advocate Data Breach Lawsuit Decision Upheld

An Illinois court cleared the case against Advocate Medical Group, saying that the Advocate data breach lawsuit was “clearly speculative” and lacked standing. The case against Advocate alleged that the organization had compromised...

University Health Systems CIO Talks Secure Messaging Future

Healthcare secure messaging is an increasingly popular option for covered entities as it can provide instant communication between employees, without compromising data security. Regular text messaging is not HIPAA compliant, but has become a...

Reminders for HIPAA Compliance with Business Associates

Maintaining HIPAA compliance is clearly a top priority for covered entities. With technology evolving, third-party partnerships are also becoming more common, which means that more healthcare organizations are likely working with business associates....

Lawrence General Health Data Breach Due to Lost Flash Drive

Health data breaches due to misplaced flash drives seem to be a rising trend recently, as Lawrence General Hospital is yet another healthcare organization to report an incident. On August 7, the hospital put out a press release outlining the...

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