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Is Health Data Security At Risk In 21st Century Cures Bill?

by Elizabeth Snell

While the recent 21st Century Cures bill has many lawmakers, agencies, and healthcare organizations standing behind it, there are still opponents that believe individuals’ health data security will be at increased risk because of the legislation....

How Health Data Sharing Benefits a Research Center

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data sharing is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the healthcare industry, and more organizations are working to find ways to become more interoperable while keeping health data secure. The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI)...

Email Top Health Data Security Risk, Survey Finds

by Elizabeth Snell

Email and messaging systems were cited as one of the top health data security risks that physicians, hospital administrators and health IT professionals are currently facing in healthcare, according to a MedData Group survey. The report gathered...

Supreme Court Will Hear Vt. Health Data Collection Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The Supreme Court announced that in its next term it will hear a case concerning the legality of health data collection. Currently, 16 states have approved legislation that allows for some form of health data collection. The case, Gobeille v....

Health Data Security Use-Cases for Securing Data Centers

by Bill Kleyman

We stay on the topic of health data security because as a critical piece of technology, this will always be a challenge for any healthcare organization housing sensitive data. Healthcare is also bound by regulation, compliance, and evolving considerations...

Healthcare Application Security Lagging, Says Study

by Elizabeth Snell

The state of healthcare application security is seriously lacking when compared to other industries, according to a recent report, and is ranked near the bottom when it comes to remediating known application vulnerabilities. Veracode’s...

Healthcare Not Only Industry Nervous About Compliance Audits

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare compliance audits are reportedly coming soon, and covered entities of all sizes are working to ensure that they are prepared and have all data security issues ironed out. However, if a recent survey is any indication, healthcare is...

Balancing the Two Sides of the Health Data Security Coin

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining strong health data security that also aligns with HIPAA guidelines and state regulations can be difficult. This delicate balance is also hampered with patients wanting reassurance that their personal data is secure, but also wanting...

Health Data Privacy, Security Barrier to mHealth Adoption

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare providers are looking into adopting mobile health options, but they are also aware of existing barriers that could make that transition more difficult. Health data privacy and security are one of the potential issues that healthcare...

Budget is Largest Health Data Security Obstacle, Says Survey

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data security faces numerous obstacles, but a lack of a budget was listed as the top issue for organizations, according to a recent peer60 report. Hospital CIOs, IT Directors, IT Managers, Security Managers or Directors, and VPs or Executives...

How a NY Health Org. Integrated Secure Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Many healthcare organizations are beginning to find the right options to help them continue to exchange, store and use electronic information in a secure way. Secure health data exchange is becoming more prevalent as EMRs and HIEs increase in...

Majority of Patients Willing to Share Health Data, Says ONC

by Elizabeth Snell

Despite potential health data privacy and security concerns, the majority of patients are willing to share their health data, according to a survey conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The ONC explained in...

UPMC Health Data Breach Lawsuit Dismissed

by Elizabeth Snell

A Pennsylvania judge dismissed the health data breach lawsuit that had been filed against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) last year. Former UPMC employees filed the lawsuit after a data breach compromised the information of...

AMA Wants Better Health Data Privacy Before Stage 3 MU

by Elizabeth Snell

Ensuring that there is better health data privacy and security in the Stage 2 Meaningful Use process needs to happen before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolls out Stage 3 Meaningful Use, according to the American Medical...

How to Keep a Secure Healthcare Environment in the Future

by Bill Kleyman

I recently attended this year’s Cisco Partner Summit which was held in Montreal. The event featured exciting conversations, new trends, and a clearly growing technology field. There were some big messages at this year’s conference...

Health Data Security Risks Hinder Stage 3 MU, Says AHA

by Elizabeth Snell

Certain health data security risks are part of the reason that the American Hospital Association (AHA) said that it is not yet ready for Stage 3 Meaningful Use to be implemented. While overall it agrees with the proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use...

Healthcare Data Breaches Have Highest Cost, Says Ponemon

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breaches average the highest cost per stolen record, with organizations reaching as high as $363, according to Ponemon’s annual Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, sponsored by IBM. For the US specifically,...

Medical Management Data Breach Impacting Multiple States

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, we reported on a healthcare data breach where a third party facility, Medical Management LLC, connected with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) reported that approximately 2,200 UPMC patients may have had their records...

Coast Guard Needs Better PHI Security, Says OIG Report

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Coast Guard (USCG) must do a better job in its PHI security measures, according to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Specifically, USCG lacks a strong organizational approach to resolving privacy issues, the...

CareFirst Health Data Breach Affects 1.1M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) joins the list of healthcare organizations affected by a large cybersecurity attack, as it announced yesterday that approximately 1.1 million current and former members potentially had their information...

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