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Technical Safeguards

Healthcare Data Breaches Stem From Break-in, Phishing, Fraud

May 11, 2015 - Preventing healthcare data breaches requires organizations to take numerous factors into account, and ensure that their administrative, physical, and technical safeguards are all working with one another. One lost document, one employee falling for a phishing scheme, or one employee failing to adhere to proper conduct could create a privacy issue. Here is a quick rundown of healthcare data...


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Phishing Scams: HIPAA Technical or Administrative Safeguard?

Phishing scams are not a new threat to the healthcare industry, but as other data security threats have evolved over time, so have phishing approaches. Early on, individuals might have gotten emails from someone claiming to be a prince from a...

Healthcare Authentication Factors: Breaking Down HIPAA

Strong technical safeguards are essential for covered entities, regardless of their size, and the right healthcare authentication factors are a critical aspect of those safeguards. Locking down end users, and maintaining technical safeguards...

How Healthcare Malware Attacks are Evolving

Healthcare malware attacks are evolving, which is why it is essential for facilities to keep current security measures. As the healthcare industry continues to adopt and implement new technologies, it is essential that facilities also keep their...

Cybersecurity is 2015 Top Health Technology Hazard

Cybersecurity is one of the top 10 health technology hazards for 2015, according to a recent ECRI Institute report. Cybersecurity should be a top priority for healthcare organizations, especially with more facilities implementing EHRs and connecting...

VA Cybersecurity Woes Continue, 16 Consecutive Audit Fails

The VA once again failed its annual cybersecurity audit. For the 16th consecutive year, the Department of Veterans Affairs failed its annual cybersecurity audit. The investigation sought to find out if the agency was in compliance with the Federal...

Creating Healthcare Security with Special Purpose Networks

With 69 percent of healthcare providers using mobile devices to view patient information, having a high-quality and secure, yet transparent wireless network within a healthcare organization (HCO) is indispensable. And, with the shift to outcomes-based...

Does Healthcare Security Interfere with Clinical Workflow?

Clinical workflows – an established process in a clinician’s daily activity of caring for patients – are increasingly integrating with healthcare information systems, and therefore, healthcare security.  The nation’s...

Why Healthcare Providers Should Consider Data Encryption

Healthcare Data Encryption is a crucial tool for providers as they implement BYOD policies and work to strengthen their EHR systems. Healthcare data encryption is becoming an increasingly hot topic, especially as more providers implement EHRs...

HIPAA Technical Safeguards: A Basic Review

It’s critical to review the requirements of HIPAA technical safeguards to ensure that your healthcare organization is compliant and able to keep PHI safe. While no healthcare organization can guarantee that a data breach will never take...

Potential Health Data Breach Hits Dermatology Facility

Central Dermatology Center is facing a possible health data breach after finding malware was uploaded into one of its computer servers. A North Carolina dermatology center is working through the aftermath of a potential health data breach after...

How Health Data Security Benefits from Industry Sharing

Health data security is not a new issue in the healthcare sector, but with health information exchanges (HIEs) springing up all over the country, facilities have to be aware of systems other than their own. In order to ensure that patient data...

Touchstone Medical Imaging Posts Data Breach Notification

Touchstone Medical Imaging, LLC has sent out notices to some patients treated prior to August of 2012 that it learned on May 9, 2014 that a shared folder holding sensitive data was exposed on the internet. The imaging specialist organization...

Cedars-Sinai Data Breach Update: 33,000 Patients Affected

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles announced an unencrypted laptop theft that compromised at least more than 500 patients’ data in August, but actual number of affected patients was unknown. The Los Angeles Times recently reported...

Report: HealthCare.gov rollout lacked CMS accountability

More details surrounding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hurried HealthCare.gov launch last fall are emerging. The most recent, Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) “Behind the Curtain of the HealthCare.gov Rollout,”...

GAO: CMS must boost HealthCare.gov privacy and security controls

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made strides in addressing HealthCare.gov privacy and security controls, there is still work to be done to mitigate risks....

Aventura Hospital reports 82,601-patient data breach

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently announced its third data breach in two years, according to local10.com. The most recent breach exposed 82,601 patients’ data from Sept. 13, 2012 to June 9, 2014 and result from a vendor’s...

Temple physicians office alerts 3,780 patients of data breach

A Temple University physicians’ office recently notified 3,780 patients that their data was exposed after a laptop was stolen from its surgery department in July. Philly.com reports the Temple University physicians’ office laptop...

Central Utah Clinic notifies patients of 2012 data breach

Central Utah Clinic published a data breach notification letter to alert 31,677 patients that their information had been compromised on August 7, according to a post on PHIPrivacy.net. Central Utah Clinic, a Utah multi-specialty practice that...

HealthCare.Gov hacking incident: Industry commentary

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and FBI are now investigating the recent hack into the HealthCare.Gov test server. For a server that wasn’t supposed to be connected to the internet, the...

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