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Potentially Unencrypted Laptop Stolen from LA Hospital

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On December 21, 2016, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group (CHLAMG) became aware of a potentially unencrypted laptop stolen on October 18, containing the personal health information...

Cybersecurity Risk Management Focus in HITRUST Catalogue

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Having a stronger understanding of cybersecurity risk management is a key way for healthcare organizations to view potential risk areas and keep data secure, according to the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). That was a driving factor...

OIG Finds Unprotected PII in Federal Cloud Computing System

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With more organizations utilizing cloud computing options, including the healthcare industry, it is essential that necessary security measures are taken. A failure to do so could leave PHI or PII unprotected and vulnerable, potentially falling...

Consumers Worried National Data Privacy Capabilities Lacking

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With many Americans admitting to having personal experience with a major data breach, it should come as no surprise that they have concerns with how the government and other corporations handle data privacy. Out of 1,040 surveyed adults, 64 percent...

Considering HIPAA Privacy Rule with Mental Health Data

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The permitted uses and disclosures of PHI in the HIPAA Privacy Rule were key considerations in a recently passed bill package, which included reforms for patients being treated for mental health conditions. The Helping Families in Mental Health...

Security Operations Centers Falling Below Optimal Levels

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The majority of security operations centers (SOCs), which assist organizations in mitigating potential cybersecurity risks, are falling below the optimal maturity level, according to research from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The HPE State...

Working to Overcome the Cybersecurity Skills Gap in Healthcare

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The cybersecurity threat landscape is ever-evolving, forcing many industries to hire individuals with applicable cybersecurity skills to keep sensitive data secure. Healthcare is no different, with ransomware attacks, malware incidents, and other...

National Cybersecurity Strategy Suggested in New Report

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Improving cyber hygiene and working to reduce and control cyber crime are just two of the cybersecurity strategy recommendations from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in its recent Cyber Policy Task Force report. CSIS...

Preparing for the 2017 Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

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Cybersecurity is a major concern for healthcare executives as we head into 2017. After two years of a steadily increasing cyber threat landscape that resulted in record numbers of patient records compromised, health organizations extorted financially...

Why Healthcare Must Invest in Data Security Measures

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Healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, and with cases of ransomware infiltrating provider networks, patient data security and patient safety could both be put at risk. Healthcare organizations must ensure that they are making strong...

CoPilot Security Breach Potentially Impacts 220K Patients

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On Jan 18, 2017, CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. announced it detected unauthorized access of one of its databases and notified potentially impacted patients of the security breach. CoPilot has no evidence any information has been distributed...

Focusing on Patient Data Privacy in Health Data Exchange

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There are an increasing amount of potential patient data privacy risks as technology continues to evolve, meaning policymakers need to strengthen privacy rules, according to a recent contribution on The Century Foundation. Patient health information...

DirectTrust PHI Sharing Increases 24% Since End of 2015

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The number of healthcare organizations using DirectTrust interoperability tools in 2016, including PHI sharing options, has seen significant growth, according to recent DirectTrust numbers. There were more than 98 million Direct message transactions...

Research Data Privacy Regulations Updated in Final Federal Rule

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A final rule strengthening protections for research participants, including areas of data privacy was recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies. Current regulations, referred to as the “Common...

Appeals Court Vacates Horizon BCBS Data Breach Case

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The previously dismissed data breach case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey was recently revived, as the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the dismissal and remands. The Court determined that the plaintiffs...

OIG Finds Slight Increase in Medicare Information Security Gaps

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Evaluations of the Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) information security program found that the programs were adequate in scope sufficiency but still had an increase in security gaps from the previous year. The Office of Inspector General...

Prioritizing Data Privacy, Security in the Healthcare C-Suite

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As healthcare IT continues to evolve, the C-suite is also expanding and becoming more intricate. Individuals in leadership positions need to keep data privacy and security issues top priorities, especially as healthcare remains a target for cyber...

2016 Healthcare Data Breaches Largely From Employee Error

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While the business sector led the way in reported data breaches for 2016, healthcare came in second by accounting for 34.5 percent of overall reported breaches, according to research from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout....

DHS Cyber Incident Response Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Risk

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The Department of Homeland Security released a refreshed version of its National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), with a strong focus on how the US can react to cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure. The NCIRP as previously published...

Patient Privacy Addressed in Recent HHS Confidentiality Rule

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The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations were recently updated and modernized, specifically addressing patient privacy concerns for individuals seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder. The changes were...

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