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Will Common Rule Changes Impact Health Data Security?

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) reiterated its support of considered changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or the Common Rule. Adjustments to the Common Rule could also have an impact on certain...

Regular Employee Training Essential in Healthcare Cybersecurity

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Healthcare cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving, forcing covered entities and business associates to subsequently adjust their privacy and security measures to keep PHI secure. A key aspect to data security though is regular employee...

Single National Data Breach Notification Standard Proposed

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A recently proposed bill calls for a single national data breach notification standard, which would replace the existing state notification laws and “clarify and strengthen” organizations’ reporting obligations. Rhode Island...

HIMSS Calls for Secure Data Exchange, HHS Cybersecurity Role

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In two separate publications, HIMSS has stressed the need for nationwide secure data exchange and also maintained that healthcare must have “a champion at HHS encouraging stakeholders to be proactive and relentlessly vigilant about cybersecurity.”...

Kromtech Security Discovers Health Data Breach of 150K Patients

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Kromtech Security researchers found a potential publicly accessible Amazon S3 repository that may have led to a health data breach impacting over 150,000 individuals, according to a company report. “Patient Home Monitoring” is...

AHIMA: Patient Data Access Through Patient Portals Increases

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Eighty-two percent of consumers took advantage of patient data access through a patient portal in 2016, an increase from less than 5 percent who did so in 2013, according to a study from the American Health Information Management Association...

Partnership Stressed in IoMT Medical Device Cybersecurity Bill

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Two state representatives introduced a medical device cybersecurity bill this week that focuses on centralizing current and relevant frameworks, guidelines, and standards for Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices. There must be collaboration...

Health IT Security, FHIR Focus of ONC Secure API Server Challenge

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ONC is challenging healthcare stakeholders to build secure Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) servers to improve health IT security and ensure that secure FHIR options are available in the future. The Secure API Server Showdown...

Education, Information Sharing Key in Healthcare Cybersecurity

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Creating a strong culture of healthcare cybersecurity, including employee education, risk assessments, and information sharing are all essential aspects for healthcare organizations currently, according to industry stakeholders. Cook Children’s...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Focus of AEHIS, MDISS Collaboration

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Medical device cybersecurity education, best practices, advocacy, and information sharing are key objectives in the recently announced collaboration between the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) and the Medical...

Using Secure Texting for Improved Patient Care, Data Security

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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, federal...

Arkansas Facility Ransomware Attack Potentially Affects 128K

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Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on its computer network on July 26, 2017. An investigation determined that the ransomware had been installed either earlier that...

3 Ways All-Flash Could Benefit Your Healthcare Data Security

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Working with healthcare data security over the past couple of years has been really interesting. First of all, we’re seeing a bit of a redesign happening around efficiency, user optimization, and improved systems that are capable of delivering...

Creating a Culture of Data Privacy, Security in Healthcare

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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....

Will Healthcare Blockchain Resolve Data Privacy Concerns?

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Healthcare blockchain is increasingly being viewed as a potential solution to numerous IT problems, such as connectivity issues, data privacy concerns, and patient record sharing barriers, according to a recent Black Book survey. The Black Book...

Tech Company Agrees to $264K Vermont Data Breach Settlement

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Technology company SAManage USA, Inc. recently agreed to pay $264,000 as part of a data breach settlement with the Vermont Attorney General, following a July 2016 incident. SAManage provides cloud-based IT support, which was used by WEX Health...

NIST CSF, Risk Management Key for Cybersecurity Improvements

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The NIST Cyberscurity Framework (CSF) can be implemented using the established NIST risk management process, which will help organizations across industries develop a more effective, efficient, and cost-effective risk management processes, according...

Maintaining Healthcare Data Security with File Sharing Options

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I still find challenges within the healthcare world when it comes to file sharing and data management. Sure, we can remove Dropbox or other types of file sharing mechanisms, but are we making the user experience worse? And, are we really plugging...

Cyberattacks Threaten Thousands of Patient Health Records

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A part of smaller specialty practices have allegedly suffered cyberattacks at the hands of the same team of hackers.* Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the hacking incidents as ransomware attacks. TheDarkOverlord...

How Health Data Security Relates to Healthcare Biometrics

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Increasing government initiatives for improved health data security and privacy have helped aid to the growth of the healthcare biometrics market, according to a recent MarketsandMarkets report. More healthcare facilities are looking to combat...

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