Healthcare Information Security

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How an Ohio Hospital Avoided a Widespread Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Having the necessary and applicable data security tools in place, along with comprehensive employee education, are critical for ransomware attack prevention measures. Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of the potential threats and ...

Recognizing, Overcoming Medical Device Cybersecurity Gaps

by Elizabeth Snell

Legacy devices and not having an accurate understanding of current device inventory can lead to some of the more common medical device cybersecurity gaps. Healthcare organizations cannot afford to suffer from an attack that compromises conn...

Secure Health Data Exchange Key Focus for AMA Investment

by Elizabeth Snell

The nationwide push for interoperability has helped fuel the desire for healthcare to find ways to implement secure health data exchange. Information should be able to flow freely, but data security concerns can be a great hindrance in enti...

What Should Entities Expect with OCR HIPAA Enforcement?

by Elizabeth Snell

There have been nine OCR HIPAA enforcement settlements so far in 2017, highlighting the need for covered entities and business associates to focus on audit controls, risk management, and business associate agreements. While there has been a...

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which could bring legitimate ...

Encouraging Collaboration for Improved Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Malicious actors are not going to disappear anytime soon, meaning that healthcare organizations must remain vigilant in improving their data security measures. Collaboration and information sharing will play critical roles in strengthening ...

Using Secure Texting for Improved Patient Care, Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing new technical solutions, such as secure texting, can help healthcare providers of all sizes and in different locations better care for patients and ensure PHI security. Regardless of where an organization is based though, feder...

Creating a Culture of Data Privacy, Security in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations of all sizes need to be working toward maintaining proper data privacy and security measures in the healthcare industry. The threat landscape is continuously evolving, and falling behind could lead to a large-scale data breach...

Utilizing Secure Messaging in Disaster Recovery Planning

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes know that it is important to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Secure messaging tools are becoming an increasingly popular option for that approach, as it can give clinicians a quick and effici...

How Vendors, Providers Can Create Strong Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

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 ge...

HITRUST Urges Collaboration for Improved Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Why Guidance is Critical for Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers must adhere to HIPAA rules and required state regulation with regard to maintaining data security. But not all regulations are specific in how covered entities should approach healthcare cybersecurity in an evolving ind...

Why Halifax Health Opted for a New Secure Texting Option

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a fine line between implementing innovative technologies, such as secure texting solutions, and ensuring healthcare data security. Additionally, physician and clinician workflow must also be considered with any new systems or devic...

Maintaining Medical Device Cybersecurity in an Evolving Industry

by Elizabeth Snell

Outdated operating systems in connected devices could create patient safety issues in addition to medical device cybersecurity concerns. A faulty implanted device could impacts patients or ransomware could prevent patients from receiving pr...

HIMSS Stresses Proactive Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Regular risk assessments, updating business continuity plans, and implementing a cybersecurity framework are all key ways for providers to follow a proactive healthcare cybersecurity approach, according to HIMSS Director of Privacy and Secu...

Focusing on Employee Training for Stronger Health IT Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings were released earlier this summer, and showed that providers are making great strides in their health IT security. Providers a...

Staying HIPAA Compliant in Patient Health Data Access Process

by Elizabeth Snell

Last month, AHIMA released a new form designed to help both healthcare providers and patients better understand and utilize the patient health data access process. Patients have the right to their own information, but providers need to main...

Most Wired Org Focuses on Multi-Level Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings showed that more organizations are finding successful ways to balance innovation and healthcare data security. St. Luke’s Uni...

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

The Anthem data breach from 2015 was a wakeup call for numerous industries, but especially healthcare, showing that phishing attacks can have far reaching effects. A $115 million settlement proposal was announced in June 2017, which would r...

Keeping Healthcare Information Security Training a Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right information security training, healthcare providers could fall victim to numerous types of cybersecurity issues, such as a ransomware attack. Employees at all levels need to understand the types of warning signs to look fo...

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