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Healthcare Data Security

OIG Finds Medicaid Risk Management Process Lacking in S.C.

by Elizabeth Snell

The South Carolina (State) Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) did not have a strong risk management process, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Specifically, MMIS data was not safeguarded properly...

ONC Discusses HIPAA Regulation in Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has posted its third blog post in its series on HIE security under HIPAA regulation, this week covering how covered entities can exchange information for care coordination and care management...

Hollywood Presbyterian Pays $17,000 after Ransomware Attack

by Sara Heath

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) has paid $17,000 after a ransomware attack, which encrypted its EHR and demanded the sum of money in exchange for the encryption key. According to a public statement from the hospital, there is no...

Healthcare Data Breach in CA Caused by Impersonation Scam

by Sara Heath

Magnolia Health Corporation (MHC) has reported a potential data breach due to a likely scam that has affected all active MHC employees and its affiliated facilities. According to a public announcement made by MHC, a third-party individual impersonated...

Why Medical Device Security is a Key 2016 Healthcare Issue

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device security has quickly evolved into a top area of concern for covered entities. With more healthcare organizations connecting to HIEs, implementing BYOD strategies, and simply adopting more connected devices than before, it is critical...

How must mHealth App Developers Follow HIPAA Regulations?

by Sara Heath

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has added a list of health app use scenarios in which HIPAA regulations would apply, helping to educate mHealth app developers on how to create apps that abide by HIPAA and that protect user and patient privacy....

ONC Reviews HIE Security, Interoperability under HIPAA

by Sara Heath

In their second blog post in a series about HIE security, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) chief privacy officer Lucia Savage, JD, and privacy analyst Aja Brooks, JD, explained the circumstances under the HIPAA...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

Majority of 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches Due to IT Hacking

by Sara Heath

This past year saw over one million patient health files breached through nearly 258 large-scale healthcare data breaches. According to Redspin’s recent Breach Report 2015: Protected Health Information (PHI), 98 percent of those breaches...

What Does 2016 Hold for Healthcare Data Security, Storage?

by Bill Kleyman

Welcome to 2016! I’m sure all of you got some cool new gadgets or toys in your stockings. Maybe it was a new iPhone. Or, maybe you got a new Pebble Watch. Or - you just bought a new google-ready 70-inch LED TV. One thing pretty much...

Home Health Provider to Pay $240K in HIPAA Violation Fines

by Sara Heath

Lincare, Inc., will need to pay $239,800 in fines for a HIPAA violation, according to a notice from the Office for Civil Rights. This decision comes from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Department of Health and Human Services following...

Senate HELP Draft Brings Health Data Security Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently proposed health IT and EHR legislation from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has brought forth some health data privacy and security concerns from industry stakeholders. The draft legislation was designed...

Are Patients Concerned with Their Healthcare Data Security?

by Sara Heath

Despite increasing healthcare data security concerns, consumers appear to trust the healthcare industry with their personal information the most compared to other industries. According to a report from TRUSTe and the National Cybersecurity Alliance,...

More Hospitals Invest Spending in Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Hospitals are responding to healthcare data security threats, with nearly 29 percent of them targeting facility IT spending toward increased security, according to a recent IDC study. Over the course of the past year, healthcare data security...

Utah Dept. of Health Medicaid Data Security Risks Found

by Elizabeth Snell

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) was found to have certain Medicaid data security risks, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Along with weaknesses found in a comprehensive information system general controls audit,...

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....

Hacking Accounts for 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches due to hacking have increased immensely from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from Bitglass. In 2014, 68 percent of healthcare data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices containing health information,...

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...

Why Healthcare Data Security is No Longer ‘Just an IT Issue’

by Elizabeth Snell

Prioritizing healthcare data security is something that covered entities of all sizes must be currently doing, especially as more organizations implement mobile devices, connect to HIEs, and begin to use connected medical devices. This is why...

PHI Healthcare Cloud Security Still Too Low, Report Shows

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry has vastly more PHI related policy violations when it comes to cloud security, according to Blue Coat Elastica Cloud Threat Labs Q4 2015 Shadow Data Report. Although the healthcare industry clearly has the most PHI...

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