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Records Containing PHI Stolen from TX Orthaepedic Facility

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On December 15th, Oak Cliff Orthopaedic Associates announced a theft involving records containing personal PHI from the years 2006 to 2007. According to a report from Oak Cliff, the Lewisville Police Department has since located and returned...

Secure Texting Rules Clarified in Joint Commission Newsletter

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Using secure texting for patient care orders is still not acceptable, the Joint Commission explained in its December newsletter. While the Joint Commission had reinstated its ban on the mHealth platform earlier this year, it stated that some...

CHIME Notes Cybersecurity Challenge in MACRA Final Rule

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More attention must be given to the current cybersecurity challenge and the persistent lack of interoperability across the nation’s health system must also be addressed in the final MACRA rule, according to the College of Healthcare Information...

Utilizing Risk Analyses for Comprehensive HIPAA Compliance

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As technology continues to evolve and become more intricate, covered entities and their business associates have to ensure they account for potential risk in all aspects of their organization. A key part to complete HIPAA compliance is an updated...

Study Finds Human Factor Key Area of Cybersecurity Risk

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A lack of cybersecurity staff members, a lack of employee training, and not enough boardroom prioritization are top contributions to cybersecurity risk, according to a recent study from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and...

Cybersecurity Attacks Leading 2016 Data Breach Cause

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Data breaches in the healthcare industry are always a top concern for providers, business associates, vendors, and other stakeholders. With technology continuing to quickly evolve, security cannot be a secondary consideration. The majority of...

Researchers Claim Medical Devices Vulnerable to DoS Attacks

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Implantable medical devices (IMDs), including pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), were found to be vulnerable to denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, which could lead to patient safety issues, according to a recently published...

2016 OCR HIPAA Settlements Target Risk Analyses, Total $23.5M

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With 2016 winding down, covered entities and their business associates cannot ease up when it comes to protecting PHI. As the OCR HIPAA settlements from the year have shown, there has been a strong focus on healthcare organizations conducting...

Health Data Privacy Risks Created with Wearable Devices

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Better standards on health data collection and use, and formal processes for assessing benefits and risks of using that data are to ways to help curb potential health data privacy risks that stem from wearables, according to a recent study. The...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Wants Online Patient Tool

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In an effort to create an online tool that will generate a user-friendly snapshot of a product’s privacy practices, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge earlier this week. Additionally,...

Quest Diagnostics Data Breach Affects 34K Patients

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Quest Diagnostics recently announced that it became aware of a PHI data breach on November 28, 2016, that may have involved the information of 34,000 patients. On November 26, 2016, an unauthorized third party accessed the MyQuest by Care360®...

How FTC Ransomware Prevention Tips Can Apply to Healthcare

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When it comes to ransomware in healthcare, the ramifications can be especially devastating. Not only could providers potentially be locked out of their own EHR systems, but patient care could be hindered. Organizations should take note of ransomware...

Health IT Overconfident in Data Breach Detection, Remediation

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Being able to detect, react, and mitigate a data breach is essential for any healthcare organization. However, a recent Tripwire survey found that health IT professionals are in fact overconfident in their ability to collect the necessary data...

Using IAM Solutions for Stronger Cybersecurity Measures

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Identity access management (IAM) solutions are essential for organizations that are looking to improve their cyber hygiene approach and overall cybersecurity measures, according to a recent Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT)...

What Are Data Security Concerns with Healthcare APIs?

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Potential health data security concerns and security risks have previously been touted as barriers for the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare. However, if covered entities understand the basis of the technology, it...

How Evolving Cyber Threats Affect Health Data Encryption

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Data encryption options are quickly becoming a top security choice for healthcare organizations that are looking to remain innovative but still keep patient data out of the wrong hands. With a recent survey showing the quick growth of the global...

HIPAA Audits, Ransomware, Mobile Security Top 2016 Headlines

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Healthcare data security is an ever-evolving area, with covered entities constantly working to ensure that they have the necessary tools in place to keep patient data safe. Over the past year, data breaches continued to be a hot topic in healthcare,...

NGA Publishes State Road Map for Secure Health Data Exchange

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Under an agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), the National Governors Association (NGA) released guidance with potential steps that could improve the flow of electronic health information within, and among states. Ensuring...

Tampa General Hospital Data Breach Settlement Reached

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A settlement was recently reached for Tampa General Hospital, following allegations of a health data breach where employees inappropriately accessed patient information. The hospital will pay $10,000 into a Settlement Fund, where payments to...

ONC Fact Sheet Highlights HIPAA Health Data Sharing Points

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Several situations where health data sharing is permissible under HIPAA regulations were recently highlighted in a new fact sheet released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT Technology (ONC) and the HHS Office for Civil Rights...

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