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OCR Urges Disaster Recovery, Health Data Backup in Storm Prep

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As healthcare organizations prepare for potential natural disasters, it is essential that they have contingency plans in place that include a data backup plan and disaster recovery plan, according to a recent OCR release. Hurricane Irma is predicted...

Why Halifax Health Opted for a New Secure Texting Option

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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 devices....

Ransomware Attack May Impact 19K Oncology Hematology Patients

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On June 17, 2017, Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA suffered a ransomware attack potentially impacting some patient EHRs on the practice’s server and computer workstations, according to an online statement. The potentially affected...

Stakeholders Highlight Secure Exchange in Comments to ONC

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In response to the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement from ONC, organizations have been submitting comments focusing on secure exchange, the need for standardization, and non-discrimination in...

Maintaining Medical Device Cybersecurity in an Evolving Industry

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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 proper...

Kentucky HIPAA Violation Case Ruling Held by Appeals Court

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A Kentucky hospital was found to have acted lawfully when it fired a nurse for committing a HIPAA violation, according to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court held a lower court’s dismissal of the nurse’s claim that her...

How Mobile Healthcare Users Affect the Industry, Data Security

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We’re seeing a true evolution around mobile devices being brought into the healthcare world. Mobile healthcare users are quickly becoming the norm. As bring your own device (BYOD) programs continue to become more commonplace, 38 percent...

OCR: Staff Training Key for Data Security, Avoiding Scams

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Healthcare organizations should ensure they are implementing strong staff training measures to maintain data security in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to the August OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter. Potential scammers may try and take advantage...

FDA Announces Update on Abbott Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

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A recent firmware update was created in an effort to reduce potential harm from cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott pacemakers. The FDA approved the update, saying patients and providers should discuss the firmware update at their...

MI Computer System Health Data Breach May Involve Data of 106K

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In March of 2017, Michigan-based McLaren Medical Group (MMG) learned its computer system had been accessed by an unauthorized party, leading to a health data breach, according to an MMG statement issued to HealthITSecurity.com. The accessed system...

HHS Reviews HIPAA Rules Following Hurricane Harvey

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Healthcare providers can face numerous challenges during natural disasters, including adhering to HIPAA rules while working to provide proper patient care through an emergency. HHS recently released a bulletin to help guide covered entities through...

Improving Efficiency with Healthcare Data Center Infrastructure

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There have been some big advancements when it comes to data center infrastructure design and architecture. Cloud computing, converged infrastructure, and network advancements have all contributed to greater levels of density and efficiency. In...

Recent Aetna Data Breach Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

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A federal class action lawsuit was recently filed against Aetna after it reportedly experienced a data breach that may have affected thousands of individuals. The Legal Action Center, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and Berger &...

AHA Urges Reduced Data Sharing Barriers in HIPAA Regulations

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Having reduced data sharing barriers in current HIPAA regulations is just one way Congress can help reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and patients, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA highlighted...

How HIPAA Regulations Can Ease Information Blocking

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Even with more healthcare organizations adopting EHRs and working through the Meaningful Use program, covered entities still struggle with health information exchange. However, HIPAA regulations could be a boon to providers, according to former...

OIG Notes NC Potential Medicaid Data Security Vulnerabilities

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The North Carolina State Medicaid agency (State agency) did not implement necessary information system general controls to ensure proper Medicaid data security measures, according to an OIG report. The State agency contracts with CRSA, Inc. for...

St. Mark’s Ransomware Attack Could Affect 33K Patients

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St. Mark’s Surgery Center, LLC suffered a ransomware attack between April 13 and April 17, 2017 that impacted its server, according to an online statement. On May 8, 2017, a forensics team found evidence the attack potentially affected...

Maintaining PHI Security with Specialized mHealth App Usage

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Healthcare secure messaging is an increasingly popular way for clinicians to communicate with patients, even offering patients the chance to better manage chronic conditions. PHI security cannot be compromised with the technology though, and...

Genome Study Claims Improved Patient Privacy Potential

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Sharing genome sequences is one way that researchers look to gather data for diagnosing diseases or even finding potential gene therapy targets. However, patient privacy concerns can prevent individuals from wanting to share their genomic information....

HIMSS Stresses Proactive Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

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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 Security...

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