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VA Data Breach Notification Letters Decrease in 2015 Q1

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is potentially on a more positive track for 2015 when it comes to keeping veterans’ protected health information (PHI) safe, as fewer VA data breach notification letters were sent out over the last few...

Why Secure Medical Devices Should be a Priority

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As more healthcare organizations implement electronic health records (EHRs) and begin to connect to health information exchanges (HIEs), the need for secure medical devices also increases in importance. A facility cannot run the risk of exposing...

Stronger Cybersecurity Encouraged with Presidential Order

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President Barack Obama continued his push for stronger cybersecurity across the nation by issuing an executive order last week that promotes greater data sharing in the private sector. On Feb. 13, the President announced the executive order when...

Potential Health Data Breach for Hawaii Office

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Kaiser Permanente is notifying customers of a potential health data breach after a box of medical documents spilled off of a courier truck on Jan. 7. The papers were being transported to storage from Kaiser Permanente’s Kona Medical Office,...

Cybersecurity Measures, VA Healthcare on GAO High-Risk List

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Improved cybersecurity measures, particularly how private and government entities collect and process personally identifiable information (PII), is one area that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wants to expand upon as it’s becoming...

Conn. Seeks Health Data Encryption Policy

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Following the massive Anthem data breach earlier this month, some Connecticut lawmakers hope to create a new health data encryption policy to better protect consumer information. That state’s Senate Democratic leaders want Connecticut health...

White House Launches New Cybersecurity Agency

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The government is continuing its efforts to work toward mitigating cyber threats, as this week it announced the creation of a new cybersecurity agency. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center is expected to assist in cybersecurity the...

Final Orders Approved in FTC Patient Privacy Case

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The Federal Trade Commission approved final orders resolving complaints in a patient privacy case where customers were allegedly tricked into disclosing some of their personal health information. In a 5-0 vote, the FTC approved final orders in...

Mobile Health Privacy Top Concern for mHealth Adoption

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One of the largest barriers for mobile health (mHealth) adoption are concerns over mobile health privacy, according to a recent survey from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). A global survey of 144 healthcare leaders working in public and...

Device Theft Could Compromise PII in Tenn. and Ind.

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Without the necessary combination of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards, a healthcare organization runs the risk of finding itself in a situation that could compromise PII of patients or employees. Even if a facility trains employees...

HITRUST Updates Healthcare Cybersecurity Approach

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If facilities do not have a strong healthcare cybersecurity approach, it can be more difficult to ensure the security of sensitive information, such as patients’ protected health information (PHI). Regardless of an organization’s size, it...

Anthem Health Data Breach Followed by Potential Email Scams

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Anthem, Inc. announced a potential health data breach last week after one of its data bases containing the personally identifiable information (PII) of 80 million individuals was infiltrated by outside hackers. Now, the health insurer is warning...

HIPAA and Patient Privacy at Heart of Maryland Bill

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The Maryland General Assembly passed an emergency bill designed to further underline the importance of certain aspects of HIPAA and patient privacy. Essentially, Senate Bill 790 requires forms to be made available to patients allowing them to...

Lessons Learned from the Anthem Data Breach

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The Anthem data breach should be a reminder for healthcare organizations of all sizes how important it is to have comprehensive and current safeguards in place. Just yesterday, Anthem announced that one of its data breaches containing the information...

How Does the Anthem Data Breach Compare to Others?

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Earlier today, HealthITSecurity.com reported on the Anthem data breach, which could potentially compromise the personal information of up to 80 million people. While it is not believed at this time that any protected health information (PHI),...

Anthem Health Data Breach Could Compromise PII of 80M

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Hackers allegedly broke into Anthem, Inc.’s database last week, potentially compromising the personal information of approximately 80 million former and current customers, as well as employees, according to multiple reports. The information...

Can Patient Privacy Violations Occur with EHR Tracking?

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Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine recently debated whether it was ethical for medical students to track patients’ electronic health records (EHRs) or if such practices could be considered patient...

BIDMC Developing Interactive, Secure Health Data Program

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Last week, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) received a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund to develop an interactive, yet still secure health data program. Specifically, BIDMC will be working with OurNotes, a tool that gives...

Letter to CMS Questions HealthCare.gov Privacy Measures

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Several lawmakers raised concerns over the current HealthCare.gov privacy measures, and whether or not the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is doing enough to make improvements after numerous reports of consumer privacy issues....

HIPAA Compliance Discussed in ACOG Social Media Guidelines

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With technology continuously evolving, healthcare organizations need to ensure that they are still following HIPAA compliance measures. As social media becomes more popular, one medical group decided to publish guidelines on how physicians can...

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