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How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. Technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services...

Using Health Data Encryption for Breach Prevention

by Sara Heath

Electronic health data has been the cause of considerable discussion throughout the healthcare industry. As more health information is stored on electronic platforms, that information is increasingly exposed to the potential threat of a healthcare...

5 Healthcare Security Considerations Going Into 2016

by Bill Kleyman

As we approach 2016, it’s important to take a moment and look at just how far we’ve come in terms of technological evolution. Findings form a recent Gartner report state that the use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this...

HITPC Cites HIE Privacy, Security Challenges to Congress

by Elizabeth Snell

There are complex privacy and security challenges when it comes to health information exchange, according to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC). In its December report to Congress, HITPC claimed that HIE privacy and security issues were just...

Why Education is Crucial to Health Data Security in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

Ensuring that healthcare employees at all levels are properly – and regularly – trained in the latest healthcare data security measures is one of the most important things organizations can do for 2016, according to St. Claire Regional...

Visual Hacking Poses a New Healthcare Data Security Threat

by Sara Heath

Although the healthcare data security industry is heavily investing in precautionary measures on their technical devices, they are missing a less sophisticated gap in their security efforts: visual hacking. According to 3M, visual hacking is...

VA Reports PHI Healthcare Data Breaches Up 36% in November

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced approximately a 36 percent increase in PHI healthcare data breach incidents during the month of November, according to the agency’s most recent report to Congress. Although the VA saw...

Understanding Stage 3 Meaningful Use, Health Data Privacy

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized modifications to meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 earlier this year and also postponed Stage 3 Meaningful Use as mandatory for eligible providers until 2018. Interoperability,...

People Are Top Health Data Security Risk, Says Halamka

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous health data security risks that organizations need to prepare for, but human error is the top way that covered entities remain vulnerable, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) CIO John Halamka, MD, MS....

OIG: Healthcare Security Vulnerabilities at CA Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) found high-risk security vulnerabilities, some of which included healthcare security issues, at three California Medicaid managed-care organizations (MCOs). The vulnerabilities raise concern over system integrity...

Excessive PHI Sharing Top Healthcare Cloud Security Concern

by Sara Heath

Excessive PHI sharing is the top concern for healthcare entities when it comes to cloud security, according to CloudLock’s Q4 2015 Cybersecurity Report. In a study that investigated a total of eight IT security industries and numerous case...

Cyberattack Causes Healthcare Data Breach at MaineGeneral

by Sara Heath

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified MaineHealth as having experienced a cyber attack.  MaineGeneral Health will be sending out healthcare data breach notification letters to individuals who fell victim...

UCHealth Alerts Patients of Internal Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Colorado-based UCHealth is notifying approximately 800 patients of an internal healthcare data breach that resulted from an employee inappropriately accessing electronic patient files. According to a hospital statement, the incident was discovered...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Concern in 2016, Says Experian

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches are slated to be a continuing concern into 2016, according to an Experian Data Breach Resolution white paper. The white paper, which served as a 2016 data breaches forecast, explains that healthcare data security will...

Data Re-Identification Top Concern in Health Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Data re-identification concerns, cost, and having necessary knowledge on managing data are main concerns for healthcare organizations when it comes to their privacy solution in health data sharing. Additionally, more than two-thirds of respondents...

Top Healthcare Data Security Issues for the C-Suite

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security is no longer an issue relegated to the IT department, especially as technology becomes more prevalent throughout organizations. This is why CIOs and CISOs need to understand what the key privacy and security issues are,...

OIG Report to Congress Stresses Health Marketplace Security

by Sara Heath

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its Semiannual Report to Congress, identifying key areas in which several federal healthcare agencies can improve their security efforts. Specifically, OIG emphasized health marketplace security....

Exposed Server Causes Cottage Health Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Nearly 11,000 patients have had their health information breached in a recent healthcare data breach at Cottage Health in California. According to a hospital statement, an outside IT security contractor was testing the provider’s data systems...

Data Breaches Lead to Growing Health Data Security Market

by Sara Heath

The health data security market is on a definitive upswing, according to a report from Grand View Research. In 2014, the market size was valued at $5.5 billion, and is expected to grow significantly from there. The cybersecurity market by end...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity is Affected by Recent CISA Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 2015 (CISA) was passed in October of this year, which will create a framework for exchanging information regarding cybersecurity threats within the numerous industries – including healthcare. In...

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