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Cybersecurity, Access Management Among Top Health IT Risk Areas

December 19, 2018 - Business continuity and disaster recovery, cybersecurity, biomedical devices, IT governance, system access management, and system implementation will be the biggest IT risk areas for healthcare organizations in 2019, according to a report from Crowe, a global public accounting, consulting, and technology firm. Crowe analyzed nearly 3,000 risk areas across 250 healthcare entities to...


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Azar Waives HIPAA Privacy Rule Sanctions for Hurricane Response

by Fred Donovan

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Top Reminders for Implementing a HIPAA Contingency Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure they have a current HIPAA contingency plan in place to prepare for all types of adverse events, including natural disasters and cybersecurity attacks, according to the latest OCR Cybersecurity...

How Much Do Healthcare Data Breaches Cost Organizations?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breaches can be devastating for any covered entity, but the subsequent recovery costs are often quite expensive. Implementing technological tools to aid in prevention and detection measures are not cheap, but not taking...

How Healthcare Organizations Can Reduce Cyber Extortion Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must be mindful of how they reduce cyber extortion risk because covered entities maintain sensitive data and provide necessary services, OCR stated in its January Cybersecurity Newsletter. Cyber extortion often...

Why Providers Need a Disaster Recovery Plan for EHR Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Whether healthcare providers are working to prepare for potential natural disasters like hurricanes or manmade cybersecurity issues (i.e., ransomware attacks, insider data breaches) having a disaster recovery plan is essential. Entities...

OIG: Security Risk Assessments, Disaster Recovery Needed at Hospitals

by Elizabeth Snell

While two Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals had increased system security and physical controls surrounding prescription drug and opioid disbursements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) still determined that more improvements...

Improve Healthcare Data Security with a Strong Backup Strategy

by Bill Kleyman

In working with healthcare organizations, there are constantly two topics that are brought up: healthcare data security and resiliency. Of course, there are other conversations around user experience, cloud, and so on. However, a major...

How Secure Messaging, Texting Benefit Healthcare Providers

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and impact the healthcare industry, it is essential that providers are able to maintain communications to ensure patients receive necessary care. Healthcare secure messaging and secure texting...

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which could bring legitimate...

3 Ways All-Flash Could Benefit Your Healthcare Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

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...

Utilizing Secure Messaging in Disaster Recovery Planning

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes know that it is important to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Secure messaging tools are becoming an increasingly popular option for that approach, as it can give clinicians a quick and...

OCR Urges Disaster Recovery, Health Data Backup in Storm Prep

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Ransomware Attack Mitigation in Updated ONC SAFER Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

Best practices for ransomware attack mitigation and prevention, along with general contingency planning, were recently discussed in updated SAFER Guides from the ONC. First published in January 2014, the SAFER Guides “provide an...

EHR Contingency Plans Part of OIG 2016 Health IT Focus

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) explained in its recent semiannual report to Congress how reviewing EHR contingency plans in healthcare organizations and wireless penetration tests of select CMS data centers were key areas of health...

A Practical Guide to Healthcare Disaster Recovery Planning

by Jeremy Molnar of CynergisTek, Inc.

This year, healthcare has been hit by multiple cyber events that have demonstrated the importance of and just how critical contingency planning is to providing care. Furthermore, massive DDoS attacks using the thousands of IoT devices...

Most Hospitals Consider EHR Security in Contingency Planning

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly two-thirds of hospitals reported that EHR security is considered through their application of  HIPAA rules as they implement contingency planning, the Office of Inspector General found. Furthermore, when it comes to EHR...

Using Disaster Recovery Planning for Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous scenarios where a covered entity may need to implement a disaster recovery plan, such as a natural disaster or even a ransomware attack. Healthcare data security must remain a top priority in any such situation, which is...

INHS balances healthcare data backup, security needs

by Patrick Ouellette

Because healthcare organizations aggregate a great deal of electronic patient data, whether it be in the form of scanning of patient documents as part of EHR integration or using clinical spreadsheets, they often must deal with maintaining...

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