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CHIME, AEHIS Urge Stronger Medical Device Cybersecurity


More collaboration between healthcare organizations and medical device manufacturers, as well as standardized security measures are crucial to improving medical device cybersecurity, reported the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives...

Calif. Senate Committee Passess Ransomware Legislation


The California Senate Public Safety Committee passed ransomware legislation earlier this month that outlaws the online act and specifies how the crime should be prosecuted. Written by Senator Robert Hertzberg and co-sponsored by Los Angeles County...

Understanding, Preparing for Healthcare Ransomware Attacks


It seems that a new healthcare ransomware attack is announced every week, which has created concern in the industry. However, several experts agree that this is not a new threat, and that healthcare is just the latest victim. Covered entities...

Healthcare Ransomware Cases Highlight Security Needs


Healthcare ransomware issues continue to be reported, causing many industry stakeholders to refer to this type of cyber attack as one of the top concerns for 2016. Ransomware is a type of malware that typically prevents an organization from accessing...

Reviewing Medical Device Security Guidelines


Medical device security considerations are essential for covered entities, especially as more organizations are beginning to implement and utilize connected devices. Not only could a compromised medical device potentially allow an unauthorized...

Maintaining Healthcare Data Security while Moving Facilities


Healthcare data security cannot be overlooked when a provider or covered entity decides that it is time to move to a new facility. This is especially true as connected devices and systems are becoming the norm, and everything from an organization’s...

AHA Calls for Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures


The American Hospital Association (AHA) aims to help providers develop and share approaches to developing strong healthcare cybersecurity measures through its Cybersecurity webpage, according to a recent blog post. The webpage is dedicated to...

Why Hospital Boards Must Understand Healthcare Cybersecurity


As healthcare cybersecurity continues to evolve and become more intricate, hospital boards should ensure that they have a comprehensive understanding of the necessary data breach prevention measures. One of the important things that hospital...

Medical Device Security Part of FDA Evaluation System


Medical device security, privacy, and ethical protections were included in preliminary recommendations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a medical device evaluation system. The recommendations were developed by a planning board, which...

NIST Group to Fund Healthcare ID, EHR Security Pilot Project


The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office has announced a new funding opportunity for innovations in federating identity credentials across the healthcare industry and promoting EHR security, according...

New Business Associate Group Talks Healthcare Data Security


The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) recently announced the establishment of the HITRUST Business Associate Council (BA Council), which provides healthcare business associates and vendors with a forum for discussing third-party healthcare...

Reviewing Important Healthcare Cybersecurity Frameworks


Healthcare cybersecurity is a significant issue as of late, with several hospitals and practices falling victim to ransomware and malware attacks. Just recently, a ransomware attack affected Hollywood Presbyterian in California, causing the hospital...

How End-Point Evolution Will Impact Healthcare Data Security


In terms of trends, we need to come to some serious realities as it relates to the conversation around the Internet of Things (IoT) and healthcare data security. IoT and wearable systems will be making a big impact on a variety of industries....

How Can the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Improve?


Leaders from a myriad of industries, including healthcare, provided feedback on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF). NIST recently released an analysis of the comments, which evaluate...

Health Data Security Considerations in Precision Medicine


Applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI): Draft Data Security Principles and Framework is a positive step towards better health data security, according...

Using an Online Risk Assessment for Health Data Protection


Online risk assessments can be greatly beneficial for healthcare organizations as they work to keep sensitive data secure, and also as patient engagement becomes a more important issue. Engaged patients tend to better manage their chronic conditions,...

OIG Finds VA Fails to Meet FISMA, FITARA Health IT Security


The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), in its efforts to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) EHR, has failed to meet several health IT security protocol that is a part of the Federal Information...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Should be Top Priority for Execs


While healthcare cybersecurity is an increasing concern for covered entities, recent research shows that other industries should also potentially put a higher focus on cybersecurity threats. Seventy-five percent of cybersecurity professionals...

Why a Culture Change is needed for Healthcare Data Security


Organizations’ approaches to healthcare data security may have become more comprehensive over the past few years, but there is still a long way to go if a recent study by HIMSS Analytics and Symantec is any indication. Most organizations...

How Recent Senate HELP Bills Affect Healthcare Data Security


The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently approved several pieces of legislation, some of which could potentially affect areas of healthcare data security. Along with approving the Improving Health Information...


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