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Pharmaceutical Leaders Sentenced for HIPAA Violations, Fraud

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Three former district managers of a pharmaceutical firm have been sentenced for their connection in committing HIPAA violations and healthcare fraud, according to a release from the District of Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO)....

OCR Newsletter Underlines Healthcare Authentication Importance

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One of the causes of healthcare data breaches over the past few years has been to weakened healthcare authentication measures, according to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). As healthcare continues to be a top target for cyber attacks, organizations...

HIPAA Compliance Measures, Mobile Security Need Improvement

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As more healthcare organizations implement mobile options, ensuring that they maintain HIPAA compliance is essential. However, if a recent survey is any indication, covered entities have room for improvement when it comes to their mobile security....

EHNAC, HITRUST Eliminate Health Data Security Redundancies

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In an effort to help healthcare organizations cut down on certain health data security and privacy redundancies, two accreditation and certification organizations recently decided to work together on reducing costs and streamlining the processes...

CIOs Report Increased Healthcare IT Spending, Cloud Usage

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As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, it is not too surprising that a recent survey shows that healthcare CIOs expect to see an increase in healthcare IT spending over the next 12 months. Fifty-two percent of surveyed CIOs in...

NIST Resource to Help Create Strong Cybersecurity Workforce

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An organization led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a new resource to ensure that organizations can “more effectively identify, recruit, develop and maintain its cybersecurity talent” and create...

Health Data Hacking Incident Affects 29K at Texas Hospital

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Texas-based Integrity Transitional Hospital recently reported a health data hacking incident that may have affected the information of 29,514 patients, according to the Office for Civil Rights data breach reporting tool. Integrity explained in...

How NKR Used Healthcare Cloud for Secure Patient Data Storage

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Utilizing healthcare cloud options can help organizations strengthen secure patient data storage, and improve overall efficiency when it comes to patient care. The National Kidney Registry (NKR) opted to work with Rackspace for healthcare cloud...

HIMSS Praises DHS National Cybersecurity Response Plan

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Understanding the dimensions of potential cyber threats and providing better clarification on what equates a significant cyber incident are two suggestions the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provided to the Department...

PHI Access Challenges Addressed in Recent ONC Resources

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Healthcare organizations face numerous potential PHI access challenges, especially as more entities continue to adopt new EHRs, according to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). That is why ONC wanted to ensure that covered entities...

Study Finds Cyberthreat Data Overwhelming to Security Workers

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While more organizations are likely looking for the best options to combat evolving cybersecurity threats, a recent study found that the majority of security professionals are overwhelmed by the amount of cyberthreat data that they receive. An...

Hospital Data Security Top CIO Priority for Mobile Workflow

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When it comes to mobile workflow investments, the majority of CIOs list hospital data security as a key driver, according to a recent Spok, Inc. survey administered by the College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME). Specifically, 81...

FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guidance for Businesses

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines the steps that businesses should take if they suspect that they have fallen victim to a data breach in a recently released data breach response guide and accompanying video. Along with securing physical...

3 Tips for Creating Healthcare Security Change, Process Controls

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Healthcare and security are probably some of the hottest topics today. We’re seeing medial IoT emerging, more digitizing of the healthcare ecosystem, and more healthcare services specifically using technology to revolutionize patient care....

Addressing FTC Jurisdiction Over HIPAA Covered Entities

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With the FTC recently releasing guidance on how HIPAA covered entities must adhere to the FTC Act in addition to HIPAA regulations, it is essential for healthcare organizations to be aware of the potential consequences for not doing so. When...

Health IT Leaders Cite Data Theft As Key Cybersecurity Concern

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Social engineering attacks and data theft are the main cybersecurity concerns when it comes to health IT, according to a recent survey of healthcare chief information and chief information security officers. The College of Healthcare Information...

Phishing Scam Creates Potential Patient Data Exposure in MA

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Massachusetts-based Baystate Health recently announced that several of its employees had fallen victim to a phishing scam, which potentially exposed the information of approximately 13,000 patients. Baystate learned on August 22, 2016 that five...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Security to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

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As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, covered entities must ensure that they are also adapting their approaches to data security measures, according to a recent position statement from the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

How Can Covered Entities Best Prepare for Ransomware Threats?

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Please don’t turn a blind eye to ransomware threats, or think “it won’t happen to me.” Because it can, and it very well may. Today, healthcare has already become a digital entity with more digital assets and very sensitive...

Many Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Impact Providers, Patients

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When a covered entity is impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack, the recovery process is not always easy. Not only will daily operations likely be impacted, but patients could also feel the effects. Whether the ransomware caused patient records...

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