Healthcare Information Security

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Stolen, Unencrypted Drive Causes Data Security Concern for 15K

April 27, 2017 - Western Health Screening (WHS) recently issued a letter notifying individuals of a possible data security breach in which a WHS-owned vehicle containing an unencrypted jump drive was stolen. The jump drive contained the personal information of 15,326 patients, according to the OCR data breach reporting tool. The vehicle was passing through Salt Lake City, Utah on its way to a health fair at...

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NIST Aims to Help Small Business Cybersecurity Measures Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

While some small businesses may assume that they are not primary targets for cyber criminals, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to ensure that those organizations are able to implement the necessary cybersecurity...

NY Can Still Improve Health Exchange Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined in a recent investigation that New York did  implement health insurance exchange data security measures in its web site and database, but improvements must still be made to ensure that PII...

Possible Microsoft Data Security Flaw Revealed in ‘Golden Key’

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations relying on Microsoft operating systems may want to take note of a recent potential data security issue, and make any necessary patches to ensure that patient information remains secure. Researchers MY123 and Slipstream...

Should a Health Information Exchange Be Opt-In or Opt-Out?

by Sara Heath

A vital part of boosting health data interoperability, health information exchange (HIE) has become a significant part of the health IT conversation. As patient care – and federal incentive programs – continue to demand care coordination...


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