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Healthcare Application Security Lagging, Says Study

June 30, 2015 - The state of healthcare application security is seriously lacking when compared to other industries, according to a recent report, and is ranked near the bottom when it comes to remediating known application vulnerabilities. Veracode’s State of Software Security Report found that organizations can reduce their application-layer risk with a metrics-driven, policy-based approach. However,...


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Healthcare Not Only Industry Nervous About Compliance Audits

Healthcare compliance audits are reportedly coming soon, and covered entities of all sizes are working to ensure that they are prepared and have all data security issues ironed out. However, if a recent survey is any indication, healthcare is...

Balancing the Two Sides of the Health Data Security Coin

Maintaining strong health data security that also aligns with HIPAA guidelines and state regulations can be difficult. This delicate balance is also hampered with patients wanting reassurance that their personal data is secure, but also wanting...

Health Data Privacy, Security Barrier to mHealth Adoption

More healthcare providers are looking into adopting mobile health options, but they are also aware of existing barriers that could make that transition more difficult. Health data privacy and security are one of the potential issues that healthcare...

Budget is Largest Health Data Security Obstacle, Says Survey

Health data security faces numerous obstacles, but a lack of a budget was listed as the top issue for organizations, according to a recent peer60 report. Hospital CIOs, IT Directors, IT Managers, Security Managers or Directors, and VPs or Executives...

How a NY Health Org. Integrated Secure Health Data Exchange

Many healthcare organizations are beginning to find the right options to help them continue to exchange, store and use electronic information in a secure way. Secure health data exchange is becoming more prevalent as EMRs and HIEs increase in...

Majority of Patients Willing to Share Health Data, Says ONC

Despite potential health data privacy and security concerns, the majority of patients are willing to share their health data, according to a survey conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The ONC explained in...

UPMC Health Data Breach Lawsuit Dismissed

A Pennsylvania judge dismissed the health data breach lawsuit that had been filed against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) last year. Former UPMC employees filed the lawsuit after a data breach compromised the information of...

AMA Wants Better Health Data Privacy Before Stage 3 MU

Ensuring that there is better health data privacy and security in the Stage 2 Meaningful Use process needs to happen before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolls out Stage 3 Meaningful Use, according to the American Medical...

How to Keep a Secure Healthcare Environment in the Future

I recently attended this year’s Cisco Partner Summit which was held in Montreal. The event featured exciting conversations, new trends, and a clearly growing technology field. There were some big messages at this year’s conference...

Health Data Security Risks Hinder Stage 3 MU, Says AHA

Certain health data security risks are part of the reason that the American Hospital Association (AHA) said that it is not yet ready for Stage 3 Meaningful Use to be implemented. While overall it agrees with the proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use...

Healthcare Data Breaches Have Highest Cost, Says Ponemon

Healthcare data breaches average the highest cost per stolen record, with organizations reaching as high as $363, according to Ponemon’s annual Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, sponsored by IBM. For the US specifically,...

Medical Management Data Breach Impacting Multiple States

Last week, we reported on a healthcare data breach where a third party facility, Medical Management LLC, connected with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) reported that approximately 2,200 UPMC patients may have had their records...

Coast Guard Needs Better PHI Security, Says OIG Report

The US Coast Guard (USCG) must do a better job in its PHI security measures, according to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Specifically, USCG lacks a strong organizational approach to resolving privacy issues, the...

CareFirst Health Data Breach Affects 1.1M Individuals

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) joins the list of healthcare organizations affected by a large cybersecurity attack, as it announced yesterday that approximately 1.1 million current and former members potentially had their information...

Important Lessons for Health Data Privacy, Security in 2015

Health data privacy and security issues are not going to disappear anytime soon, and will likely continue to evolve along with technology. Covered entities need to keep their privacy and security measures current, especially as they integrate...

Malware, Billing Company Theft Equal Health Data Breaches

Health data breaches are not going to disappear anytime soon, which is why covered entities must ensure that their safeguards are current and comprehensive. Anything from malware to sophisticated cyber attacks to stolen laptops can lead to PHI...

Breaking Down the Evolution of Healthcare Phishing Scams

Healthcare phishing scams can lead to numerous issues for organizations, and can have long-lasting effects. Employees need to be trained properly on how to detect phishing scams, but healthcare organizations must also have the necessary technology...

Can Healthcare Employees Properly Identify Phishing Emails?

Identifying phishing emails is essential for healthcare employees at all levels. All it takes is one malicious email to slip through and be mistaken for a genuine one for an organization to become potentially vulnerable to cyber threats. We’ve...

AHA Supports Health Data Sharing Bill, Urges Data Security

The American Hospital Association (AHA) said in a recent letter to US House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton that it supports the recently proposed health data sharing bill, 21st Century Cures. Not only would the bill eliminate...

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