Healthcare Information Security

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Healthcare Ransomware Cases Highlight Security Needs

April 12, 2016 - Healthcare ransomware issues continue to be reported, causing many industry stakeholders to refer to this type of cyber attack as one of the top concerns for 2016. Ransomware is a type of malware that typically prevents an organization from accessing certain parts of its system, essentially holding data hostage. Organizations will find themselves locked out from critical systems, and unable...


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AHA Calls for Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) aims to help providers develop and share approaches to developing strong healthcare cybersecurity measures through its Cybersecurity webpage, according to a recent blog post. The webpage is dedicated to...

NIST Group to Fund Healthcare ID, EHR Security Pilot Project

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office has announced a new funding opportunity for innovations in federating identity credentials across the healthcare industry and promoting EHR security, according...

Preparing Healthcare Data Security for Hackers in 2016

by Roy Katmor of enSilo

The healthcare industry is undergoing a digital revolution. For the most part, this means positive developments in the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness with which the industry can treat patients and prevent diseases. Unfortunately, it’s...

Health Data Security Considerations in Precision Medicine

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI): Draft Data Security Principles and Framework is a positive step towards better health data security, according...

OIG Finds VA Fails to Meet FISMA, FITARA Health IT Security

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), in its efforts to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) EHR, has failed to meet several health IT security protocol that is a part of the Federal Information...

How a Mich. Hospital Stays Proactive in Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data security is clearly a top priority for providers of all sizes, especially as more organizations are trying to find the best ways to remain innovative while not compromising patient data security. Ensuring that a proactive approach...

Prioritizing Patient Privacy in Your Auditing Approach

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - When it comes to patient privacy, a passive approach to the auditing process is not going to be enough. Covered entities need to take initiative and ensure that they are doing everything in their power to proactively find potential...

Why EHR Vendors Are Next Healthcare Data Breach Target

by Mark Menke of Digital Guardian

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is a hackers’ gold mine for valuable, sensitive data. Along with private information like patients’ names, mailing addresses, email aliases and dates of birth, healthcare firms also...

Vendors Needed for NCCoE Guide on Secure Medical Devices

by Sara Heath

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is calling for vendor participation in a project which will investigate how to better enable secure medical devices....

FDA Interoperability Draft Stresses Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to push for EHR interoperability, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that healthcare data security, patient safety, and risk management should be top priority for IT developers and users. In their...

DirectTrust Growth Reflects Priority on HIE Security

by Sara Heath

Secure direct messaging and health information exchange (HIE) security is growing, according to DirectTrust’s 2015 end of year metrics. By the end of 2015, the Direct exchange had performed nearly 44 million transactions across its network....

71% of VA Patients Find Secure Direct Message Safe, Valuable

by Sara Heath

Recent research shows that many patients with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are comfortable with using secure direct messaging with their physicians. According to a study led by Jolie N. Haun, PhD, EdS, out of the Veterans Health Administration,...

Senators Present Bill Aimed at Health IT Security Standards

by Sara Heath

In order to maintain health IT security standards and quality IT system performance, two senators have introduced legislation that would call for transparent review of various health IT products. Introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D., and...

Health Information Security a Decreasing Concern in EHR Use

by Sara Heath

Health information security is of increasing importance as health information exchange (HIE) and EHR incentive and meaningful use programs have been implemented throughout the healthcare industry. A recent study conducted by Cornell University...

EHR Security Essential in HIE Push, Says AHA to Congress

by Elizabeth Snell

As the push for HIE continues, it is important to not lose sight of EHR security, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a letter to Congress, the AHA explained that it is important to strengthen the existing policy framework...

New Software Enables Secure EHR Data Linkage, Study Finds

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent study found a way to ensure that secure EHR data can be exchanged and linked across multiple sites, improving patient care and further benefitting future research. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association,...

Will Interoperability Increase EHR Security Risks?

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for interoperability will increase EHR security risks, according to a nationwide patient advocacy group. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom states that new EHR interoperability requirements will potentially make it easier...

EHR Privacy, Security Part of New Bi-Partisan Group’s Goals

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving EHR privacy and security are part of the reason behind the forming of a new bi-partisan committee working group. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray announced last week that the group is...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules

by Elizabeth Snell

CMS released its Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposal last month, with numerous aspects that covered entities (CEs) need to be aware of and pay attention to. While the proposal has a large focus on EHR interoperability, it continues to build on the...