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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Health Data Encryption Not Completely Effective, Study Finds

by Sara Heath

PHI has been at great risk lately as health data breaches are on the rise. To curb that risk, healthcare organization IT experts have been implementing various safeguards, including data encryption, the practice of encoding information so...

PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

by Sara Heath

PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about...

Employee Negligence Top Health Data Breach Issue, Report Says

by Elizabeth Snell

A large portion of health data breach incidents are tied to insider activity, employee negligence, and physical theft of devices, according to a recent SurfWatch report. The 2015 Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report found that personal information...

What Healthcare Can Learn from the OPM Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced earlier this summer that it had fallen victim to a large-scale cybersecurity attack. The OPM data breach further proved that regardless of size, all organizations need to ensure they...

OhioHealth Missing Flash Drive Leads to Health Data Breach

by Sara Heath

After misplacing an unencrypted flash drive, OhioHealth has issued health data breach notification letters, according to a statement issued on the company’s website. OhioHealth discovered that the flash drive was missing on May 29....

Ark. BCBS Sends Data Breach Notification After Computer Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential data breach notification letters are being sent out to certain Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield members after two computers were stolen on June 16, 2015. The devices belonged to Treat Insurance Agency, which solicits applications...

ONC Must Clarify Roadmap Health Security Plan, Says EHRA

by Elizabeth Snell

The health security plan and privacy measures outlined in the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Interoperability Roadmap need further clarification, according to comments by the HIMSS EHR Association (EHRA) in a letter addressed to...

Healthcare Leads in Data Encryption Measures, Says Ponemon

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption measures are becoming an increasingly popular topic, especially in the wake of large scale data breaches, such as Anthem and Premera. While HIPAA regulations qualify data encryption as an “addressable”...

Internal Data Encryption Lagging, Says WEDI Survey

by Elizabeth Snell

Internal data encryption, as well as at-rest data encryption, are two areas that healthcare facilities could improve upon, according to a recent Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) survey. Results from the survey were...

Key Takeaways From the Premera Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, the Premera data breach announcement further pushed the data security of healthcare organizations into the limelight. The health insurer stated that approximately 11 million members’ sensitive information, including PHI, was...

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