Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Security

Two-Factor Authentication Use Increases, ONC Finds

by Sara Heath

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,...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

by Sara Heath

After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data security...

3 Tips for Managing the Healthcare Security Threat Landscape

by Bill Kleyman

The healthcare IT, data center, and cloud landscape is changing. In fact, it’s already changed. Adversaries are no longer lone wolves, but have become a community that is trying new techniques, trades intellectual property, and sometimes...

OIG Identifies IT Security Issues Following OPM Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Following the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit report detailing several IT security issues at the agency. Although the data breach...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for...

Healthcare Security Top Issue Discussed at CIO Summit

by Elizabeth Snell

Health systems are lagging behind in terms of healthcare security, according to CIOs who met at the annual Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit, and there was an overarching consensus that good support at the senior leadership level is essential for...

Health Data Security, Privacy Concerns Hinder IT Outsourcing

by Elizabeth Snell

Health IT payers are hesitant to opt for offshore IT solutions, citing health data security and privacy issues, says a recent Black Book poll. The possibility for healthcare data breaches and other security concerns are causing payers to think...

Keystroke Logger Leads to Health Data Breach at KY Hospital

by Sara Heath

OH Muhlenberg, LLC recently experienced a keystroke logger cyberattack, which lead to a health data breach, according to a hospital statement. OH Muhlenberg was notified of this incident by the FBI on September 16, 2015. The FBI notification...

DHHS Has Second Email Health Data Breach in Two Months

by Sara Heath

For the second time in two months, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has experienced a health data breach due to an improperly encrypted email, according to WRAL.com. The incident, which occurred in September,...

Patient Privacy Key Part of Precision Medicine Initiative

by Elizabeth Snell

President Barack Obama recently announced Privacy and Trust Principles, which included guidance on protecting patient privacy, as part of the larger Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The new research efforts will also include guidance in  how...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing private...

PHI Data Breach Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Rate

by Sara Heath

Nearly 90 percent of industries handling health information have experienced a PHI data breach, shows recent research from Verizon Enterprise Solutions. This data and other findings are expected to appear in the company’s PHI Data Breach...

Employee Theft Results in PHI Data Breach for 16K Children

by Sara Heath

Employee theft and improper disclosure resulted in a massive PHI data breach at Children’s Medical Clinics in Texas. According to the data breach notification letter sent out to potentially affected individuals, an employee took paper patient...

Health Data Privacy Part of DRAP Security Accreditation

by Sara Heath

As health data privacy becomes a heightened concern for health data organizations, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) developed the Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). Earlier this week, EHNAC awarded its...

NIST, NCCoE Develop Mobile Device Security Draft Guide

by Sara Heath

To combat issues of mobile device security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) have developed a guideline for implementing mobile security measures on both personal...

Cybersecurity Plans See More Executive Support, Study Shows

by Sara Heath

As healthcare cybersecurity needs become increasingly urgent, researchers in a recent study found that CIOs and CISOs are being given more power and more budgetary means to combat cybersecurity threats. The study, which was conducted by Tyler...

EEOC Proposed Rule May Affect Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

A recently proposed rule from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) could potentially impact individuals’ health data security, as the rule would expand the type of data collected through employer wellness programs. The EEOC...

Medical Device Security, OCR Oversight in OIG 2016 Work Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Improved medical device security and better oversight into how adequately the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) protects ePHI are just the beginning of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) 2016 Work Plan. OIG plans to add medical device...

New Research System Helps Reduce Genomic Data Security Risks

by Sara Heath

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...

How Has Medical Device Security Evolved?

by Elizabeth Snell

With the proliferation of connected devices, BYOD policies and even the push for interoperability, medical device security has become an increasingly important issue for healthcare providers. No covered entity wants to fall victim to a healthcare...

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