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Are Patients Concerned with Their Healthcare Data Security?


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,...

Vendors Needed for NCCoE Guide on Secure Medical Devices


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....

DHS Cybersecurity Protection System Can Improve, Finds GAO


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) has some room for improvement, according to a recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The current metrics that DHS has developed...

FDA Interoperability Draft Stresses Healthcare Data Security


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’


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...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Pushed in EHNAC, NH-ISAC Agreement


The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) recently announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in an effort to further strengthen...

DirectTrust Growth Reflects Priority on HIE Security


Secure direct messaging and health information exchange (HIE) security is growing, according to DirectTrust’s 2015 end of year metrics. By the end of 2015, the Direct exchange had performed nearly 44 million transactions across its network....

Health Application Vulnerabilities Top IT Executive Concern


Potential health application vulnerabilities, such as those on mobile and cloud-based applications, is a top concern among healthcare IT executives, according to a recent HIMSS and Veracode survey. HIMSS and Veracode interviewed 200 healthcare...

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says


Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

FDA Releases Medical Device Cybersecurity Draft Guidance


It is important for medical device manufacturers to monitor, identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to draft guidance recently released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA draft guidance is also meant to...

How Health Data Sharing Relates to Healthcare Privacy


With the push toward nationwide interoperability, health data sharing is continually a top issue that covered entities are trying to overcome. Whether a healthcare provider is trying to connect to an HIE, or a research institute is trying to...

How Will End of Meaningful Use Affect Healthcare Security?


Earlier this week, acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt announced that the meaningful use program, at least how it currently had existed, will come to an end. According to Slavitt, CMS will instead...

Medical Device Security, Health Data Security Top 2016 Issues


Medical device cybersecurity and health data security have both been tabbed as top healthcare issues for 2016 in separate releases. First, the ECRI Institute explained in its list of the Top 10 Technological Advances to Watch in 2016 that medical...

Majority of Companies Use Risk-Based Cybersecurity Framework


Nearly all companies surveyed in the recent PwC Global State of Information Security Survey 2016 - 91 percent - reported that they follow a risk-based cybersecurity framework. With technology continuing to evolve, it should come as no surprise...

71% of VA Patients Find Secure Direct Message Safe, Valuable


Recent research shows that many patients with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are comfortable with using secure direct messaging with their physicians. According to a study led by Jolie N. Haun, PhD, EdS, out of the Veterans Health Administration,...

How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches


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


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...

Securing Healthcare Networks from Advancing Cyber Threats


The security threat matrix for the healthcare IT environment is evolving. Why? There are more users, a lot more data and new technologies that are capable of carrying information over vast, widely-distributed ecosystems. In fact, a recent Cisco...

5 Healthcare Security Considerations Going Into 2016


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


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...


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