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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....

Industry Applauds HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Report

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In the wake of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force releasing its report to Congress, the healthcare industry has largely had a positive reaction to the report’s recommendations on how to protect against evolving threats. The...

Plaintiff Dismisses MDLive Patient Data Privacy Lawsuit

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The plaintiff in a patient data privacy lawsuit filed against MDLive, Inc. voluntarily dismissed the suit on June 2, 2017, according to a press release. Joan Richards had filed the class-action lawsuit, claiming that an MDLive app asked individuals...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Selected

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The ONC announced the winners of its Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, showing how Model Privacy Notice (MPN) generators can help consumers better understand a specific product’s privacy and security policies. Principal Deputy National...

Healthcare Hacking Leading Cause for 2017 Incidents

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Cybersecurity issues continue to plague the healthcare industry, so it should come as no surprise that healthcare hacking and IT incidents account for the majority of large-scale incidents in 2017. OCR numbers show that four of the five largest...

Improving Patient Privacy, Workflow with HIPAA Compliant Forms

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Cloud-based services are quickly becoming more common in healthcare, especially as organizations are trying to find HIPAA compliant ways of keeping ePHI secure. However, these tools cannot hinder how physicians and staff members perform daily...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Finds 6 Imperative Areas

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Evolving healthcare cybersecurity threats are posing even greater risks to the industry, which is why the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force published a report to “address the growing challenge posed by cyberattacks.” These...

Security Patches Critical in Ransomware Prevention Measures

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Healthcare organizations can take protective actions in their approach to ransomware prevention, such as implementing regular software updates and security patches, according to the ECRI Institute. There are also critical differences in protecting...

5.5K Patients Affected in Children’s Mercy Security Incident

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On March 23, 2017, Children’s Mercy Kansas City in Missouri suffered a security incident involving patient information. Children’s Mercy said it discovered an unauthorized website containing information collected by one of the hospital’s...

OCR Newsletter Reviews Healthcare Cybersecurity Best Practices

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Even the most current and comprehensive security controls cannot guarantee that PHI security will never be compromised, which is why healthcare cybersecurity best practices should be regularly reviewed. OCR’s May cybersecurity newsletter...

Medical Device Security Rarely Tested in Healthcare Orgs

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With more healthcare providers implementing connected devices, medical device security should be a top priority in ensuring comprehensive cybersecurity. However, a recent survey indicates that healthcare organizations might not be doing enough...

Ensuring Healthcare IoT Security in an Evolving Industry

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Last week at the InteropITX Conference I discussed a very interesting topic – IoT and security. At the event, I referenced a startup healthcare IoT organization aiming to revolutionize the market with intelligent medical and recovery devices....

Utilizing Strong Cyber Hygiene for Ransomware Preparation

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The WannaCry ransomware attack was a wakeup call for healthcare organizations across the globe, especially with the UK’s National Health Service being severely impacted from the attack. This is further proof why strong cyber hygiene is...

Unauthorized PHI Access at Coney Island Hospital Impacts 3.4K

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On March 10, 2017, NYC Health + Hospitals at Coney Island discovered that it had suffered unauthorized PHI access occurring over the course of three months from December 2016 to March 2017. The incident involved a volunteer working in the Phlebotomy...

CIOs Report Budgets are Top Patient Data Security Risk

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Patient data security should always be a top priority for healthcare providers, but ensuring PHI security has become more difficult as clinical mobility continues to expand. Just over half – 56 percent – of surveyed healthcare CIOs...

PHI Data Breach Leads to $387K OCR HIPAA Settlement

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St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center Inc. (St. Luke’s) settled alleged HIPAA violations from a PHI data breach by paying $387,000 in an OCR HIPAA settlement. Formerly Spencer Cox Center for Health (the Spencer Cox Center), New York-based...

DHS Mobile Device Security Study Urges Federal Improvements

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A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on improving the federal government’s approach to mobile device security could also have potential impact on healthcare’s mobile approach. The report is based off of a study conducted...

Implementing Executive Level Healthcare Cybersecurity Training

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Employees at all levels should have a thorough healthcare cybersecurity training experience, especially as the potential threat factors continue to evolve. It takes just one inadvertent click from a malicious email for a health system to be compromised...

Prioritizing Healthcare Cloud Security in App Transitions

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In working with a vast variety of different types of healthcare organizations, I’m certainly seeing a trend continue to grow. Healthcare is moving to cloud. This means growing from $3.73 billion in 2015 to nearly $9.5 billion by 2020, according...

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