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UK NHS Releases Guidance on Instant Messaging Apps in Healthcare

November 14, 2018 - The United Kingdom National Health Service released new instant messaging guidelines for clinicians in the acute care setting, including privacy policies for sharing patient data. The guidance follows a damning CommonTime report that found the majority of NHS trusts lacked official policies around consumer messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. What’s worse is...


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Utilizing Healthcare Data Security, Cloud for a Stronger Environment

by Bill Kleyman

Data can be a really powerful tool, but it can also introduce some new challenges and definitely some healthcare data security headaches. Let me pause here for a second and put into perspective just how much data we’re creating. A...

Healthcare Data Encryption Used by Half of US Organizations

by Fred Donovan

Around 50 percent of US healthcare IT pros said their organizations are investing in healthcare data encryption to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey by network management and security company Infoblox. Encryption of PHI...

BD Medical Gear Suffers from Wi-Fi Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

by Fred Donovan

Certain BD Pyxis medication and supply management products that connect to Wi-Fi have cybersecurity vulnerabilities that open them up to a key reinstallation attack (KRACK) in which an attacker could access, read, and manipulate encrypted...

Does Quantum Computing Threaten Healthcare Data Security?

by Fred Donovan

While some in healthcare see quantum computing as a way to harness big data to improve healthcare diagnostics and drug development, others see it as a threat to healthcare data security. Last year, IBM launched an initiative, IBM Q, to...

Healthcare Industry Worst in Stopping Insider Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry is the worst when it comes to stopping insider data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released April 10. The report found that the healthcare industry was the only...

5 HIPAA Data Breaches Lead to $3.5M OCR Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) recently agreed to a $3.5 million OCR settlement following allegations that it committed HIPAA violations on five different occasions at separate FMCNA covered entities. FMCNA provides product...

Retirement Community Reports Potential PHI Data Breach for 5.2K

by Elizabeth Snell

Maryland-based Westminster Ingleside King Farm Presbyterian Retirement Communities, Inc. (Ingleside) experienced a possible PHI data breach when it was targeted by a malware attack, according to an online statement. Ingleside discovered...

Proposed Iowa Data Breach Bill Accounts for Health Data

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently proposed updates to Iowa’s data breach bill would include medical information and health insurance information under the definition of “personal information.” Organizations would also need to provide notification...

57% of Orgs Spend Money on Endpoint, Mobile Security Technologies

by Elizabeth Snell

With data breaches on the rise, organizations are increasingly turning to cloud, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), container, blockchain and/or mobile environments, recent research shows. Furthermore, over half of surveyed entities are...

12K Affected in ShopRite Supermarkets Data Security Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. announced that the Kingston, New York ShopRite experienced a data security incident that potentially put personal and medical information of customers at risk. A pharmacy device that captured signatures was...

$2M Settlement Reached in Cottage Health Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Cottage Health System recently reached a $2 million settlement with the California Attorney General’s office after two separate health data breach incidents that took place in 2013 and 2015. In total, more than 50,000 patients had...

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

by Elizabeth Snell

While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly...

Top Tips for Mobile Device Security, Keeping ePHI Secure

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare organizations are utilizing smart phones, laptops, and tablets for daily operations, but failing to include these devices in an enterprise-wide risk analysis could lead to mobile device security issues. Entities need to...

PHI Security Could Be At Risk in Boston Scientific Medical Device

by Elizabeth Snell

A Boston Scientific medical device was found to have a vulnerability that could compromise PHI security, according to Whitescope researchers Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios. The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial...

Potential BD Medical Device Security Vulnerability Identified

by Elizabeth Snell

Researchers identified a potential medical device security vulnerability in Becton, Dickinson and Company’s (BD) Alaris 8015 Point of Care (PC) unit Version 9.5, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial...

3 Tips to Ensure Healthcare Data Security in Evolving Environment

by Bill Kleyman

There’s so much happening with new types of advanced security technologies. Healthcare data security teams must analyze solutions around on premise as well as cloud options. Furthermore, the granularity of security makes it a...

Healthcare Data Encryption not ‘Required,’ but Very Necessary

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cybersecurity is essential for covered entities of all sizes, especially as ransomware attacks and other types of malware become more common. Healthcare data encryption is often discussed in these situations as well, with many...

2013 Horizon BCBS Data Breach Leads to $1.1M Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Horizon Healthcare Service, Inc., which operates as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), recently agreed to a $1.1 million settlement for data breach allegations from 2013. Along with the payment, Horizon BCBSNJ...

25% of Healthcare Orgs Not Encrypting Patient Data in Cloud

by Elizabeth Snell

While more healthcare organizations are considering some form of cloud computing, they might be putting sensitive information at risk by failing to encrypt patient data, according to a recent survey. HyTrust found that even though...

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