Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Encryption

Will Healthcare Data Encryption be Impacted by NIST Guide?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers and other covered entities under HIPAA regulations may have a new resource on healthcare data encryption standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST released the final draft of “NIST...

Creating Secure Healthcare BYOD Environments, Communication

by Tom Toperczer of Brother

Healthcare bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies make sense from a cost-savings and provider-relations perspective. With BYOD, organizations are alleviated from purchasing equipment, plus physicians are likely more satisfied because they can...

Stolen Laptop Leads to Possible Healthcare Data Breach in KS

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Valley Hope Association, a Kansas-based non-profit that provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment, recently announced a data security breach after a work-issued laptop containing patient information was stolen from an employee’s car...

CA Data Breach Report: Healthcare Data Encryption Necessary

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption is a “particular imperative,” and one that should also be considered for other organizations when it comes to protecting personal data stored on laptops, desktop computers, and mobile devices, according...

Hollywood Presbyterian Pays $17,000 after Ransomware Attack

by Sara Heath

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) has paid $17,000 after a ransomware attack, which encrypted its EHR and demanded the sum of money in exchange for the encryption key. According to a public statement from the hospital, there is no...

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

by Sara Heath

Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

How Health Data Sharing Relates to Healthcare Privacy

by Elizabeth Snell

With the push toward nationwide interoperability, health data sharing is continually a top issue that covered entities are trying to overcome. Whether a healthcare provider is trying to connect to an HIE, or a research institute is trying to...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

by Sara Heath

In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital statement,...

FTC Settles Dental Software Patient Data Encryption Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled a case involving alleged misleading information about how a dental practice software company handled patient data encryption. Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (Schein) is required to pay...

How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. Technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services...

Using Health Data Encryption for Breach Prevention

by Sara Heath

Electronic health data has been the cause of considerable discussion throughout the healthcare industry. As more health information is stored on electronic platforms, that information is increasingly exposed to the potential threat of a healthcare...

OIG Identifies IT Security Issues Following OPM Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Following the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit report detailing several IT security issues at the agency. Although the data breach...

DHHS Has Second Email Health Data Breach in Two Months

by Sara Heath

For the second time in two months, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has experienced a health data breach due to an improperly encrypted email, according to WRAL.com. The incident, which occurred in September,...

ONC Releases Health IT Certification ‘Companion Guides’

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released extra guidance to assist health IT developers in understanding its 2015 Health IT Certification Criteria. Each certification criterion has its own...

NYC Health Center Notifies 1,500 Patients of PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

A New York City medical and mental health center recently reported a potential PHI data breach after a laptop containing patient information was stolen, underscoring the importance of encrypting devices on which patient health data is stored....

WEDI’s Devin Jopp Talks HIE Privacy, Interoperability Push

by Elizabeth Snell

There is no question that HIE privacy and security are becoming more prevalent issues in healthcare, especially as the nationwide push for interoperability continues. But how can healthcare organizations overcome integration obstacles? What of...

Why Healthcare Data Encryption Should Be Considered

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption is an increasingly popular option when it comes to keeping sensitive data - such as patient PHI - secure. With more providers implementing mobile devices, connecting to EHRs, and using connected devices, the issue over...

Ark., Md. Providers Notify Patients of Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

Recently, two health data breaches were reported in Arkansas and Maryland. Although neither of these incidents included billing or Social Security information, they did both result in HIPAA notification letters due to potential PHI disclosure....

Health Data Security Needs Improvement, Study Finds

by Elizabeth Snell

There are several critical gaps within health data security, according to a recent study from Trustwave, and both healthcare professionals on the technical and non-technical side show that there is plenty of room for improvement. The majority...

Audit Finds Maryland Exchange Lacking in Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), which is responsible for the establishment and operation of the state’s HIE program, was found to have data security and control deficiencies in its information systems, according to a recent...

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