Healthcare Information Security
  • Reviewing OCR HIPAA Guidance to Maintain Compliance

    September 22, 2017 - Covered entities should not be afraid to regularly review OCR HIPAA guidance and ensure that they remain compliant, even as they add new technologies into the daily workflow, according to OCR Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement Iliana Peters. Peters presented a HealthITSecurity.com webcast earlier this week, discussing key areas of HIPAA compliance such as vendor risk management,...

  • How Vendors, Providers Can Create Strong Health Data Security

    September 19, 2017 - When it comes to maintaining HIPAA compliance, both healthcare providers and their chosen third-party vendors – or business associates – need to work together for comprehensive and current health data security. Compliance can get organizations into trouble if they think of it as a destination, according to Tim Feldman, Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare Compliance...

  • HITRUST Urges Collaboration for Improved Healthcare Cybersecurity

    September 18, 2017 - HITRUST held its first Community Extension Program meeting last week at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, talking challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in healthcare risk management programs. One of the overarching goals of the program is to help organizations of all sizes improve their healthcare cybersecurity approach.   The town hall style events aim to promote “greater...

  • Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

    September 15, 2017 - Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of which are classified as either hacking or an IT incident – have also potentially impacted 1,497,800 individuals. No healthcare provider can ensure that...


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Reviewing OCR HIPAA Guidance to Maintain Compliance

Covered entities should not be afraid to regularly review OCR HIPAA guidance and ensure that they remain compliant, even as they add new technologies into the daily workflow, according to OCR Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement...

Alabama Medicaid Data Security, Information Security Can Improve

Alabama's Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) had an adopted security program, but there were still potential vulnerabilities stemming from lacking Medicaid data security, according to a recent OIG investigation. “These...

Neurology Foundation Unauthorized PHI Access Could Affect 12K

Rhode Island-based The Neurology Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) recently announced that an employee had been making unauthorized PHI access. The employee had been using a company credit card to make unauthorized purchases, but it was discovered...

Will Revised HIPAA Rules Encourage Greater Health Data Exchange?

Updating HITECH and the HIPAA Rules by having providers and EHR vendors charge fees for health data exchange would help promote interoperability, according to Brookings Institution Non-Resident Fellow Niam Yaraghi. The current regulatory framework...

Data Security Top Reason Hospitals Prohibit Healthcare BYOD

More hospitals are allowing healthcare BYOD policies, but data security is the top reason why an organization would prohibit such policies from being implemented, according to a recent Spok survey. Spok interviewed more than 350 healthcare leaders...

How Vendors, Providers Can Create Strong Health Data Security

When it comes to maintaining HIPAA compliance, both healthcare providers and their chosen third-party vendors – or business associates – need to work together for comprehensive and current health data security. Compliance can get...

Focusing on Healthcare IoT Security with Expanding Market

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming a more attractive option to organizations across sectors, but IoT security, standards, interoperability, and cost are still key concerns for executives, a recent report found. Verizon’s State...

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