Healthcare Information Security

Technical Safeguards

Hacking Accounts for 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

January 28, 2016 - Healthcare data breaches due to hacking have increased immensely from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from Bitglass. In 2014, 68 percent of healthcare data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices containing health information, making that the largest source of data breach. In just one year, hacking and IT events have become the largest source of healthcare data breaches,...


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What are Top HIPAA Compliance Concerns, Obstacles?

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Maintaining HIPAA compliance should always be a key area for leaders in the healthcare industry, but as technology continues to evolve, there are numerous factors coming into play that could affect how organizations keep patient data secure....

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

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Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

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As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. Technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services...

Using Health Data Encryption for Breach Prevention

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Electronic health data has been the cause of considerable discussion throughout the healthcare industry. As more health information is stored on electronic platforms, that information is increasingly exposed to the potential threat of a healthcare...

People Are Top Health Data Security Risk, Says Halamka

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There are numerous health data security risks that organizations need to prepare for, but human error is the top way that covered entities remain vulnerable, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) CIO John Halamka, MD, MS....

How Premier Nephrology Utilizes Secure Messaging

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Healthcare secure messaging has numerous benefits for covered entities, but organizations need to ensure that they remain HIPAA compliant as they take advantage of new technical options. Los Angeles, California-based Premier Nephrology Medical...

OIG Report to Congress Stresses Health Marketplace Security

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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its Semiannual Report to Congress, identifying key areas in which several federal healthcare agencies can improve their security efforts. Specifically, OIG emphasized health marketplace security....

Two-Factor Authentication Use Increases, ONC Finds

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Hospital health IT departments are gaining capabilities for two-factor authentication at an increasing rate, helping to improve healthcare data security. Two-factor authentication capabilities are important for increasing health data security,...

New Research System Helps Reduce Genomic Data Security Risks

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Health data sharing is an important part of ensuring complete and effective healthcare research. However, it poses a significant risk to health data security and genomic data security. This conundrum is made evident in recent research by Sayush...

NIST Guide Could Assist in Protecting Patient Privacy Online

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Protecting patient privacy is an essential aspect to any healthcare organization’s data security plan. However, employees still need to be able to access that data. Being able to properly manage accounts can be critical to ensuring patient...

Why Healthcare Data Encryption Should Be Considered

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Healthcare data encryption is an increasingly popular option when it comes to keeping sensitive data - such as patient PHI - secure. With more providers implementing mobile devices, connecting to EHRs, and using connected devices, the issue over...

Why Healthcare Phishing Scams Are a Key Issue

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Covered entities know that they need to have a comprehensive health data security plan to prevent data breaches. But healthcare phishing scams can easily be overlooked as a key issue, as organizations could simply assume that such an attack would...

NIST Guide Provides Strategies for Increased Email Security

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Email hacking methods, such as phishing or the leaking of confidential information, can have catastrophic consequences such as health data breaches. As the Internet grows increasingly complex, and hackers grow more sophisticated, it is important...

NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Improving Data Security

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published draft guidance on how organizations can improve their approach to data security. The guide discusses how using an attribute based access control (ABAC) system could...

Health Data Encryption Not Completely Effective, Study Finds

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PHI has been at great risk lately as health data breaches are on the rise. To curb that risk, healthcare organization IT experts have been implementing various safeguards, including data encryption, the practice of encoding information so only...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Hacking, Employee Theft

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Health data breaches can be caused by various incidents, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive safeguards in place. Two separate incidents at medical centers highlight the importance of this fact,...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Cyber Attack, Exposed Binders

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Health data breaches can occur because of numerous reasons, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive training measures and data security measures. All physical safeguards, technical safeguards and administrative...

McLean Hospital Reports Health Data Breach, Affects 12,600

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Massachusetts-based McLean Hospital announced this week that it had suffered from a health data breach, potentially affecting 12,600 individuals. McLean discovered on May 29, 2015 that four unencrypted backup data tapes were missing, according...

Children’s National Health Data Breach Leads to Lawsuit

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Children’s National Health System is facing a class-action lawsuit following a health data breach where 18,000 patients potentially had their information compromised. The incident took place toward the end of 2014, and occurred when Children’s...

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