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Why Phishing Scams Cannot Be Ignored by Healthcare Entities


Phishing scams are not a new security threat to the healthcare industry, but that does not mean that covered entities should not consider them when working to prevent data breaches. As technology evolves, it becomes more important for healthcare...

How Do HIPAA Regulations Affect Workplace Wellness Programs?


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently posted clarification for how HIPAA regulations would potentially apply to workplace wellness programs. With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also publishing a proposed...

Is Healthcare Improving Data Breach Prevention Measures?


Healthcare data breach prevention measures are essential in today’s industry, especially as technology continues to evolve and more facilities begin to connect to other networks. Secure data sharing is more prevalent, and organizations need...

OCR HIPAA Settlement Costs Cornell $125K


The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced earlier this week that it hand handed a $125,000 HIPAA settlement fine to Cornell Prescription Pharmacy (Cornell). In addition to the fine, Cornell will...

How Rush Medical Stays HIPAA Compliant, Uses Cybersecurity


Staying HIPAA compliant is not always an easy task, especially as new technological options develop, such as cloud computing, mobile devices, and EMRs. Rush University Medical Center has altered its cybersecurity measures over the last few years...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules


CMS released its Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposal last month, with numerous aspects that covered entities (CEs) need to be aware of and pay attention to. While the proposal has a large focus on EHR interoperability, it continues to build on the...

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements Broken Down at HIMSS15


HIPAA business associate agreements are an important aspect of the HITECH Act and the Omnibus Rule, and covered entities need to understand how their relationships with business associates have changed. When it comes to risk assessments, HIPAA...

Why Understanding HIPAA Rules Will Help With ONC Certification


Understanding HIPAA rules will have far reaching benefits for covered entities. Not only will they be compliant in terms of keeping patient PHI secure, but it will also ensure that those facilities are able to adhere to other federal certification...

Is the HIPAA Security Rule Doing Enough for Healthcare?


The HIPAA Security Rule created a national set of security standards designed to protect certain health information, either held or transferred in electronic form. However, technology has continued to evolve, and one healthcare security expert...

ONC’s Lucia Savage Dissects Health IT Privacy, Security Guide


The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released the updated version of its health IT privacy and security guide last week, as a way to highlight “practical information that accurately reflects the guidance that is in the current regulations,”...

HIMSS15 Leaders Focus on Healthcare Privacy, HIPAA Rules


HIMSS15 took place this week in Chicago, and some of the highly discussed topics included healthcare privacy and security issues, such as HIPAA regulations. With more providers implementing EHRs, HIEs, and other forms of technology, ensuring...

HITRUST Discusses Cybersecurity Threats, Risk Assessments


Cybersecurity threats are an increasingly important issue in the healthcare industry, especially as incidents such as the Anthem and Premera data breaches show that organizations of any size could be a target. That is part of the reason why the...

ONC Releases Electronic Health IT Privacy, Security Guide


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released an updated version of its guide on electronic health IT privacy and security earlier this week. The guide outlines ways for covered entities to properly integrate...

Understanding HIPAA Regulations and Their Applications


CHICAGO – Understanding HIPAA regulations is key for healthcare providers, hospitals, and any other covered entity. However, HIPAA was implemented before many of today’s current technologies were in use, and the specifics can sometimes be...

Why Reducing Insider Threats Must Remain a Top Priority


CHICAGO – Healthcare privacy and security needs are on the minds of attendees and presenters at this week’s HIMSS conference, and a recent report highlights why reducing insider threats should be a key driver for facilities. According...

Why Data Breach Prevention Will Steer HIMSS15


The annual HIMSS conference and exhibition covers a variety of healthcare IT topics and issues. However, in the wake of large scale data breaches and continuous discussion and debate over federal and state healthcare regulations, one of the major...

HIPAA Compliance, Cybersecurity Top HIMSS15 Topics


Even without large data breaches, the healthcare industry must remain current on the latest HIPAA compliance trends and best approaches to comprehensive cybersecurity. The annual HIMSS conference will tackle these issues, among many others, head...

HIPAA Regulations Create Communication Obstacle, Says Survey


HIPAA regulations are a necessity for covered entities, but if a recent survey is any indication, they could also be creating issues for providers. The majority of surveyed providers – 61 percent – stated that HIPAA regulations pose...

Let HIMSS15 Be Your Guide for Health Data Security, Privacy


Editor’s note: The following is a sponsored contribution from ESET North America. Even before the Anthem and Premera breaches grabbed the spotlight, these last twelve months have been momentous for security in healthcare. With big developments...

Current HIPAA Requirements Sufficient, AHA Tells ONC


The current HIPAA requirements are enough to support the improvement of the healthcare infrastructure to better support secure data sharing in support of clinical care, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a letter to the...


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