Healthcare Information Security

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Choosing a Healthcare Cybersecurity Vendor and Solution

by Elizabeth Snell

While the ever-evolving technological tools in healthcare mean that covered entities and their business associates can benefit in how they provide quality care and communicate with one another, it also means that there is an increasingly high...

Rise In Healthcare Data Breaches Cost Industry $6.2 Billion

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As a new story about hospital ransomware or a stolen laptop containing PHI seemingly emerges every day, it comes as no surprise that healthcare data breaches have steadily increased in frequency and severity since 2010. Researchers at the Ponemon...

Prevent Data Breaches with Strong Medical Device Security

by Jeff Hussey of Tempered Networks

Patients come to your healthcare facility with a whole host of expectations. They want personalized, quality care delivery. They want strong medical device security, knowing that all equipment is reliable, effective and safe. They’re placing...

Healthcare Ransomware Threat Leads to Data Security Incident

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Mayfield Brain and Spine has notified some patients that a healthcare ransomware incident, stemming from a malicious email, may have caused a potential healthcare data breach. The incident has affected 23,341 individuals, according to the Office...

How Can Hospital Ransomware Policies Improve in the Industry?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As healthcare data security incidents become more sophisticated, covered entities and their business associates are attempting to develop security procedures that better manage hospital ransomware threats. With the help of several government...

How NIST Design Guide Could Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Health IT developers are experiencing a serious dilemma when it comes to innovating the latest technologies while simultaneously developing the strongest healthcare cybersecurity measures for their inventions. Healthcare providers are also investing...

FBI Ransomware Warning Crucial for Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

In a recent blog post, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discussed the implications and potential dangers of ransomware, which has quickly become one of the larger threats to healthcare cybersecurity. Along with hospitals, state and local...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Bill Introduced for HHS Operations

by Elizabeth Snell

Bipartisan legislation was recently introduced by members of Congress to improve healthcare cybersecurity, specifically the measures within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). House Energy and Commerce Committee members Rep. Billy...

CHIME, AEHIS Urge Stronger Medical Device Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

More collaboration between healthcare organizations and medical device manufacturers, as well as standardized security measures are crucial to improving medical device cybersecurity, reported the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives...

Top Tips for OCR HIPAA Audit Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

With the most recent round of OCR HIPAA audits announced just last month, many healthcare organizations are working to ensure that they are prepared should they be called for investigation. While the announcement should not come as a total surprise,...

Understanding, Preparing for Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

It seems that a new healthcare ransomware attack is announced every week, which has created concern in the industry. However, several experts agree that this is not a new threat, and that healthcare is just the latest victim. Covered entities...

End-Point Devices Pose Challenges to Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With malware attacks, such as ransomware, becoming more common, healthcare organizations may need to reevaluate their healthcare cybersecurity framework when it comes to end-point devices, such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other networked...

Majority of Healthcare Data Breaches Caused by Cyberattacks

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Cyberattacks were the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015, according to a recent study by Symantec Corporation on healthcare cybersecurity. The study showed that providers have shifted their views on healthcare cybersecurity to account...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Reported Data Security Incident

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare data breaches were the most common type of data security incident reported in 2015, according to a recent study by Symantec Corporation. Researchers found that approximately 39 percent of breaches during the year occurred in the health...

Reviewing Medical Device Security Guidelines

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device security considerations are essential for covered entities, especially as more organizations are beginning to implement and utilize connected devices. Not only could a compromised medical device potentially allow an unauthorized...

AHA Calls for Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) aims to help providers develop and share approaches to developing strong healthcare cybersecurity measures through its Cybersecurity webpage, according to a recent blog post. The webpage is dedicated to...

Why Hospital Boards Must Understand Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare cybersecurity continues to evolve and become more intricate, hospital boards should ensure that they have a comprehensive understanding of the necessary data breach prevention measures. One of the important things that hospital...

Computer Virus Possibly Exposes PHI in Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Mercy Iowa City, an acute care hospital and regional referral center, recently announced that it experienced a possible healthcare data breach after discovering a computer virus. While Mercy Iowa City did not state how many individuals were affected,...

More Hospitals Affected by Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

It seems that healthcare ransomware attacks is not an issue that will disappear anytime soon, as two more hospitals recently reported that they were victims of this type of cyberattack. San Diego, California-based Alvarado Hospital Medical Center...

Reviewing Important Healthcare Cybersecurity Frameworks

by Sara Heath

Healthcare cybersecurity is a significant issue as of late, with several hospitals and practices falling victim to ransomware and malware attacks. Just recently, a ransomware attack affected Hollywood Presbyterian in California, causing the hospital...


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