Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Encryption

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 is increasingly...

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 have...

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. While...

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 from...

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 National...

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” aspect, rather...

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 discussed in...

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 potentially...

Breaking Down HIPAA: Health Data Encryption Requirements

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data encryption is becoming an increasingly important issue, especially in the wake of large scale data breaches like Anthem, Inc. and Premera Blue Cross. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule improved patient privacy protections, gave individuals new...

Should HIPAA Regulations Require Data Encryption?

by Elizabeth Snell

Following the Anthem data breach where nearly 80 million individuals’ personally identifiable information was potentially exposed, certain HIPAA regulations are coming under scrutiny. In particular, organizations and legislators are beginning...

Anthem Data Breach May Impact 8.8 to 18.8M Non-Customers

by Stephanie Reardon

On Tuesday, an Anthem, Inc spokesperson stated that anywhere from 8.8 million to 18.8 million non-customers could be impacted by the previously announced Anthem data breach, according to a Reuters report. Earlier this month, Anthem, Inc.announced...

A Basic Review of Health Data Encryption

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare organizations, and even several state governments, are beginning to consider health data encryption as a necessary approach to keeping sensitive data secure. Keeping information safe when it is stored locally on devices –...

Conn. Seeks Health Data Encryption Policy

by Elizabeth Snell

Following the massive Anthem data breach earlier this month, some Connecticut lawmakers hope to create a new health data encryption policy to better protect consumer information. That state’s Senate Democratic leaders want Connecticut health...

New Jersey Passes Health Data Encryption Law

by Elizabeth Snell

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation last week requiring health insurance companies in the state to use health data encryption methods. The move hopes to keep sensitive patient information, including protected health information...

Boston Hospital Fined $40K for Healthcare Security Breach

by Stephanie Reardon

Boston Children’s Hospital to pay $40,000 in penalty fees following a healthcare security breach. Following a healthcare security breach that exposed the protected health information (PHI) of more than 2,000 patients, the Boston Children’s...

Why Healthcare Providers Should Consider Data Encryption

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare Data Encryption is a crucial tool for providers as they implement BYOD policies and work to strengthen their EHR systems. Healthcare data encryption is becoming an increasingly hot topic, especially as more providers implement EHRs...

Penn. Health Insurer Suffers Potential Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

A health insurer is facing a potential data breach due to a computer server reported missing after an office move. Even with strong administrative safeguards and comprehensive firewalls, a health data breach can occur if employees at an organization...

Federal Sites Lacked Health Data Encryption, Leaked Info

by Elizabeth Snell

Government websites that helped individuals find AIDS-related medical services reportedly lacked health data encryption. Health data encryption has been pushed as a top priority in the healthcare industry for years, and the recent discovery of...

Majority of Calif. Health Data Breaches from Stolen Hardware

by Elizabeth Snell

California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report showing that the majority of health data breaches were from lost or stolen hardware. Health data breaches in California last year were largely due to stolen or lost hardware or digital...

Health Data Encryption is Critical Aspect for PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to keep patient information secure, more healthcare organizations are calling for health data encryption precautions. New Jersey even announced recent legislation that requires health insurers to encrypt patient health information....


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