Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Security

Misprinted Letter Leads to Affinity Health Plan Data Breach

by Sara Heath

As health data breaches continue to be commonplace in the healthcare industry, it is important to recognize the various reasons for their occurrence. Although theft and hacking are commonly reported on, there are also many instances of health...

Will Health Data Privacy, Security Issues Improve in 2016?

by Elizabeth Snell

With healthcare data breaches being reported on a seemingly regular basis, it should come as no surprise that the issue of health data privacy is commonly brought to the forefront of industry discussion. More providers are integrating EMRs, creating...

Stolen Computer Hard Drives Lead to Health Data Breach in VA

by Sara Heath

Health data security breaches continue to be an issue for healthcare providers. In recent events, Sentara Heart Hospital, located in Norfolk, VA, has issued health data breach notification letters to over 1,000 patients after computer hard drives...

NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Improving Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published draft guidance on how organizations can improve their approach to data security.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...

VA Reports 86% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has released its August report of health data breaches to Congress. In general, the VA reports a dip in reported incidents and a significant decrease in PHI related incidents compared to the July...

Report: Healthcare Security Incidents 3 Times More Likely

by Elizabeth Snell

It should come as no surprise that healthcare security incidents are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in the industry, especially with more providers connecting to HIEs and implementing EMRs. However, a recent survey shows that the...

Why Healthcare Network Security Must Be a Top Priority

by Rob Bathurst

Most healthcare organizations’ network infrastructures and support technologies are designed on the prevailing engineering principles of when the need for specific IT systems became a requirement for the organization. This can mean a variety...

Molina Healthcare PHI Data Breach May Cause Identity Theft

by Sara Heath

Molina Healthcare issued PHI data breach notification letters to current or former members explaining that their PHI had been breached for fraudulent purposes. According to a copy of the letter, CVS, the over-the-counter (OTC) vendor for Molina...

How Tufts Prepared for Health IT Security Certification

by Elizabeth Snell

Strong health IT security measures are essential for healthcare organizations of all sizes, especially with cybersecurity threats on the rise. Covered entities need to ensure that their systems are current with the latest security options, and...

Breaking Down HIPAA: PHI Security in Patient File Disposal

by Sara Heath

PHI security is an integral part in protecting patient privacy and confidentiality. As such, HIPAA provides ample guidance on how covered entities may maintain PHI security via the HIPAA privacy rule. The HIPAA privacy rule seeks to provide covered...

Keeping Strong HIE Security Through Interoperability Push

by Sara Heath

HIE security is an important topic when it comes to the push for health IT interoperability. As more and more healthcare professionals are recognizing the need to exchange patient health information in order to increase care coordination, HIE...

Will Information Blocking Ban Affect Health Data Security?

by Elizabeth Snell

As the push for interoperability continues, the issue of health data security is also increasing in importance. Without information blocking, will patient information still be secure? Can healthcare providers consistently and safely exchange...

AHA Addresses Health Data Security Concern in VT SCOTUS Case

by Sara Heath

Amicus briefs in the Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual Insur. Co. Supreme Court case continue as the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently contributed its thoughts on the matter. The organization submitted its brief on September 8, and advocated...

UCLA Joins List of Largest Health Data Breaches of 2015

by Sara Heath

Health data breaches continue to be a concern for the healthcare industry. Three quarters of the way through 2015, there have been a reported 180 health data breaches, the largest of which have affected over 78 million patients. According to...

Health Data Encryption Not Completely Effective, Study Finds

by Sara Heath

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...

Improved Patient Privacy in HHS Updates to Research Rules

by Elizabeth Snell

New data security and information protection standards that aim to improve patient privacy in research studies are part of the updates recently announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Current regulations - also referred...

Health Data Breach Adds to Latest UCLA Security Turmoil

by Sara Heath

Health data security has been a hot topic for the UCLA Health System as of late. The healthcare organization announced yet another health data breach on September 1. According to a hospital statement, UCLA will be sending out data breach notification...

PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

by Sara Heath

PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical...

Creating Sensors, Enforcers for Healthcare Network Security

by Bill Kleyman

The first point to understand in this article on healthcare network security is that we are way beyond traditional networking conversations that revolve around simply passing traffic along properly. Modern networking environments are now highly...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

by Sara Heath

Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

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