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Patient Safety, PHI Security Key in HHS Cybersecurity Role

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The recent WannaCry ransomware attack shows how patient safety, along with PHI security, need to be key focus areas in the HHS cybersecurity role, according to the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In a hearing held earlier...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Must Evolve for Success

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The cybersecurity skills gap is affecting numerous industries. However, healthcare cybersecurity measures truly cannot afford to fall behind, according to ISACA Board Director Rob Clyde. Citing data from the recent ISACA State of Cyber Security...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Highest for 7th Straight Year

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Healthcare data breach costs are the highest among surveyed sectors for the seventh straight year, according to the 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, which...

Overcoming the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

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Having a well-trained healthcare cybersecurity workforce is critical for covered entities, especially as organizations continue to implement new technologies. However, a recent (ISC)²  report found that there is an increasing cybersecurity...

$130K NY State Settlement from Late Data Breach Notification

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CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. recently agreed to a $130,000 settlement with New York after the company was found to have violated state data breach notification law, according to the New York Attorney General’s office. CoPilot...

How Weak Mobile Health App Privacy, Security Affects Patients

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Mobile users are increasingly utilizing their devices for healthcare needs, whether it is through fitness trackers or even for communicating with providers. However, inadequate mobile health app privacy or policies that are difficult to understand...

HHS: Microsoft Vulnerabilities Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

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The HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) recently warned the healthcare sector of potential healthcare cybersecurity issues stemming from reported Microsoft vulnerabilities. Both Microsoft and the Department...

Regular Data Backups Key in Ransomware Prevention, Response

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Regular system backups and verification is the most effective approach in ransomware prevention and response, according to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Backups need to be stored on separate systems that...

Healthcare Email Security Needs Drastic Improvement

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The majority of the largest US public hospitals are not utilizing enough protections on healthcare email security, according to a recent Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) survey. At least 22 of the top 48 for-profit hospitals in the nation have deployed...

Online Security Breach Exposes PHI of 5K Medicaid Patients

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On April 7, 2017, officials from the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) discovered evidence of a potential online security breach exposing the PHI of approximately 5,220 patients. An investigation into the incident revealed the potential...

NJ Gov. Seeks Ease in HIPAA Regulations for Opioid Fight

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will likely propose HIPAA regulations be loosened in cases of opioid overdoses, according to multiple news outlets. Christie spoke at Morristown Medical Center to the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey earlier...

Healthcare Data Encryption not ‘Required,’ but Very Necessary

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Healthcare cybersecurity is essential for covered entities of all sizes, especially as ransomware attacks and other types of malware become more common. Healthcare data encryption is often discussed in these situations as well, with many in the...

Healthcare IoT Security Market Set to Grow Next 5 Years

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As more healthcare organizations implement connected devices and are turning to cloud computing options, healthcare IoT security is quickly becoming a key issue. Healthcare IoT can revolutionize the industry, and improve patient care as new technologies...

Utilizing Secure Texting for Efficient, Simple Communications

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Maintaining HIPAA compliance in provider-to-patient communication and even in physician-to-physician communication is critical, which is why secure texting has increased in popularity. With technology evolving, organizations cannot afford to...

Cases Underline Audit Controls, Minimum Necessary Standard

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Healthcare organizations of all sizes need to utilize proper audit controls to ensure that employees are remaining compliant and following proper procedure. Lacking administrative safeguards could lead to numerous types of malicious activity,...

Implementing HIPAA Technical Safeguards for Data Security

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The push for digital health records is not going to slow down anytime soon, and as recent cases of ransomware attacks show, healthcare organizations must create comprehensive data security measures. HIPAA technical safeguards are just one key...

Curbing Medical Identity Theft with Improved Identification

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Medical identity theft is one of several outcomes that may occur following a healthcare data breach. Individuals may be faced with medical bills for treatments that they never received, and can spend years working to remove the incidents from...

OCR Highlights Proper Healthcare Cyberattack Response

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HIPAA covered entities and business associates must know the necessary steps to take following a healthcare cyberattack. Failing to either notify overseeing agencies or properly alert patients could lead to numerous issues for an organization....

OIG Stresses Information Security, Data Integrity for 2017

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Improving data integrity and information security measures were just two of the areas noted in the recent OIG Semiannual Report to Congress. “With the sheer amount of data and its complexity, however, the Department continues to face challenges...

PHI Security Breach Potentially Affects 2K ND Medicaid Patients

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On May 10, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) discovered a report of discarded NDDHS Medicaid claim resolution worksheet documents containing PHI. The papers were reportedly found in a dumpster in Bismark, North Dakota....

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