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Coast Guard Needs Better PHI Security, Says OIG Report

May 21, 2015 - 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 report stated, which leads to the agency having challenges when it comes to effectively protecting PHI. “We evaluated the safeguards for sensitive...


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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...

Human Error Top Data Security Issue, Says Law Firm Report

It seems as if every week there is a new top data security issue for healthcare organizations to remain vigilant on. If nothing else, it further underlines why a well-rounded approach to data security is essential, and covered entities must ensure...

Health Data Security Top Issue for VA CIO Nominee

Health data security issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the top issues that one of the VA chief information officer nominees hopes to tackle should she be appointed to the vacant position. That topic, along with healthcare...

How Will DeSalvo Nomination Affect Health Privacy, Security?

With the continued push toward nationwide interoperability, and large-scale healthcare data breaches occurring, health privacy and security issues have been at the forefront of providers’ minds all year. Now, with a change announced for...

Ponemon Finds 125% Increase in Healthcare Cyber Attacks

Healthcare cyber attacks continue to make headlines, but recent research shows that such criminal attacks are on the rise in the industry. Since 2010, there has been a 125 percent increase in criminal attacks in the healthcare industry, according...

Why Information Blocking Could Hinder PHI Security

PHI security is an increasingly important issue, especially as more providers implement electronic medical records and the push for nationwide interoperability continues. However, health information blocking and healthcare privacy rules could...

HRSA Data Security Controls Need Improvement, Says OIG

Data security controls at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) were not fully implemented and monitored, according to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). HRSA must improve its data security controls,...

ONC Interoperability Security Standards Lacking, Says HIMSS

There is a definite absence of interoperability security standards in the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory (2015 Advisory), according to recent comments from the Healthcare Information and...

Overcoming Health Data Privacy Hurdle is Key for Healthcare

Health data privacy and security problems are one of the top issues that the healthcare industry is currently facing, according to former head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Dr. David Blumenthal....

Why Phishing Scams Cannot Be Ignored by Healthcare Entities

Phishing scams are not a new security threat to the healthcare industry, but that does not mean that covered entities should not consider them when working to prevent data breaches. As technology evolves, it becomes more important for healthcare...

Phishing Scam, Stolen Laptop Lead to Potential Data Breaches

Healthcare data breaches can be caused from a variety of incidents, such as an email phishing scam, misplaced medical records, and lost or stolen mobile devices. Without a comprehensive security plan and extensive understanding of HIPAA regulations,...

Is Healthcare Improving Data Breach Prevention Measures?

Healthcare data breach prevention measures are essential in today’s industry, especially as technology continues to evolve and more facilities begin to connect to other networks. Secure data sharing is more prevalent, and organizations need...

Health Data De-identification Can Be Improved, Says Study

A health data de-identification policy frontier can provide a broader range of options than a current, popular algorithm, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). Specifically, rule-based...

Data Breach Security Bill Passes Amid Concerns

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a controversial data breach security bill yesterday. The Data Security and Breach Notification Act, or HR 1770, establishes “a nationwide safety regime for data protection and breach notification,”...

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