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OIG Notes Va. Medicaid Information Security Vulnerabilities

May 19, 2017 - An Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit found the Virginia Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to have information security vulnerabilities. “Virginia did not adequately secure its Medicaid data and information systems, which potentially compromised the integrity of its Medicaid program and could have resulted in unauthorized access to and disclosure of Medicaid beneficiary...


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OIG Notes Va. Medicaid Information Security Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

An Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit found the Virginia Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to have information security vulnerabilities. “Virginia did not adequately secure its Medicaid data and information systems, which...

More Orgs Seeking Staff for Healthcare Privacy, Security Jobs

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a large increase in healthcare privacy and security job postings, indicating that the health information management (HIM) profession is continuing to evolve with the needs of healthcare organizations, according to a recent study...

OCR Urges End-to-End Security, Verified HTTPS to Protect PHI

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing end-to-end connection security on internet transactions using Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) can help healthcare organizations better protect PHI and even detect malware, according to OCR’s latest cybersecurity...

NIST Vulnerable Software Guide May Affect Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

A collection of strategies for reducing software vulnerabilities could potentially affect healthcare organizations that are looking to improve their health data security measures. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer...

3 Tips for Creating Healthcare Security Change, Process Controls

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare and security are probably some of the hottest topics today. We’re seeing medial IoT emerging, more digitizing of the healthcare ecosystem, and more healthcare services specifically using technology to revolutionize patient care....

OIG Report Finds CO Medicaid Data Security Controls Lacking

by Elizabeth Snell

Colorado’s Medicaid data security may have increased risk due to vulnerabilities found in the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) information systems according to a recent investigation by the Office for Inspector...

Coordinating Healthcare Data Center Security, Cloud Security

by Bill Kleyman

The modern healthcare IT environment has quickly become the home of next-generation technologies. Still, the proliferation of cloud computing and the data-on-demand generation has created new types of challenges for today’s healthcare IT...

ONC Blockchain Challenge Winners Emphasize Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC blockchain challenge winners were announced earlier this week, with the top white papers focusing on recommendations for market viability and creativity, as well as the advancement of health information flow. There were more than 70 submissions,...

Data Security Vulnerabilities Found in CMS Wireless Networks

by Elizabeth Snell

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has effective security controls in place to prevent cybersecurity attacks, some data security vulnerabilities were found in its wireless networks, according to a recent Office of Inspector...

Why Healthcare Data Security, Compliance Issues Go Untreated

by Dave Brunswick of Cleo Communications

If there ever was a pulse of healthcare operations, it’s data. From patient enrollment forms, electronic health records, and health insurance information, the amount of electronic data flowing through the medical community increases every...

Planned Parenthood Health Data Breach Affects 2K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland faces a possible healthcare data breach affecting 2,506 patients after paper records were exposed during the closure of a healthcare center in Iowa, according to a company press release. Patients at the Dubuque...

FDA Drafts Health Data Sharing Guidance for Medical Devices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to recent draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical device manufacturers can look to new health data sharing guidelines to help relieve previous patient privacy concerns. “Although not generally required...

Healthcare Cloud Security Concerns Not Impediment to Usage

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Public and private cloud solutions are gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, especially for data storage and network usage, despite issues surrounding healthcare cloud security and PHI data breaches. Researchers at HyTrust recently published...

Do Employee Errors Jeopardize Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many people have heard the adage that humans are not perfect. But, when it comes to patient information, human imperfections can lead to serious healthcare data security issues. In a recent survey from Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon...

How Rise in Phishing Attacks Affects Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many healthcare organizations and business associates are constantly working to prevent phishing attacks from compromising healthcare data security. Yet, cyberattacks were still the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015 and recent studies...

Providers Seek Cloud Solutions for Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While cloud solutions are advancing HIE and patient engagement strategies, more providers are focusing on how cloud services can be integrated into types of healthcare data security policies. According to a survey by Level 3 Communications Inc....

Preparing for Online Attacks in Hospital Data Security

by Tom DeSot of Digital Defense, Inc.

Following recent headlines highlighting online attacks to hospital data security around the country, many are discussing the growth of not only ransomware, but various methods of targeted attacks and how to stop them. One way is for hospitals...

OIG Finds Information Security Issues with VA Audit Logs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to a recent VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, the Veterans Benefits Administration neglected to implement appropriate audit logs that would identify information security violations in the Veterans Benefits Management System...

Human Error Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare data breaches in 2015 were more likely to be caused by human error in the form of stolen or lost assets, insider and privilege misuse, and miscellaneous errors, such as improper device disposal or mishandling PHI, reported Verizon...

Will Healthcare Data Encryption be Impacted by NIST Guide?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers and other covered entities under HIPAA regulations may have a new resource on healthcare data encryption standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST released the final draft of “NIST...

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