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Health Data Privacy Rears Its Head at Facebook Hearing

April 17, 2018 - During Congressional hearings last week, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support her bill, Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act, which would require companies like Facebook to improve protections for health data privacy and the privacy of other sensitive information.   The bill (HR 2520) would...


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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 sector...

GAO Raps CMS for Lax Healthcare Data Security in Medicare

by Fred Donovan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is lax in its oversight of healthcare data security when it comes to Medicare beneficiaries, particularly for sharing data with researchers, warned a government watchdog agency. Recent data...

Virtua To Pay NJ $418,000 for HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

Virtua Medical Group has agreed to pay a $418,000 fine and to beef up its data security in a settlement with the New Jersey government over allegations that it failed to protect patient data of more than 1,650 individuals, resulting in a HIPAA...

HIPAA Covered Entities Get Pass on OR Data Breach Notification Law

by Fred Donovan

HIPAA covered entities in Oregon are exempt from a new requirement that organizations in the state report data breaches within 45 days of discovery. Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law at the end of March amendments (Senate Bill 1551)...

How EU Data Privacy Rule Could Impact US Healthcare Providers

by Fred Donovan

US healthcare organizations that handle personal information of EU individuals will face stricter regulatory requirements and possibly hefty fines under the EU’s new data privacy rule set to take effect May 25, 2018. The General Data Protection...

Survey Finds Lax Patching Practices Feed Healthcare Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

Patching vulnerabilities in your systems and applications is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent a healthcare data breach at your organization. Yet, a majority of security professionals in the healthcare and pharmaceutical...

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Fesses Up to Phishing Attack

by Fred Donovan

Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield admitted March 30, 2018 that the personal data of 6,800 CareFirst members may have been exposed by a phishing attack that compromised an employee’s email account. Information that could have...

Creating Strong Healthcare Data Security, Positive User Experience

by Bill Kleyman

I was working with a healthcare organization recently and were discussing some new data security initiatives around remote, mobile, and local users. We had a few teams in the room with us. The end-user compute (EUC) team focused on application...

Threat Intelligence Sharing Essential for Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) constantly stresses the need for threat intelligence sharing in the healthcare sector, especially as cybersecurity threats grow increasingly sophisticated. Healthcare...

OIG Compliance Audit Finds HHS Risk Management, IAM Issues Continue

by Elizabeth Snell

The enterprise-wide information security program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has improved, but there are still risk management weaknesses, issues with identity and access management (IAM), and problems in other areas,...

Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Concerns Hinder Digital Adoption

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security concerns are pushing healthcare payers and providers to reconsider whether or not they want to adopt mobile and digital health tools, according to the 8th Annual Industry Pulse Report from Change Healthcare...

How Compliance, Data Security Needs Shift with Big Data Push

by Elizabeth Snell

Numerous companies are working to evolve their database ecosystems through cloud and big data initiatives, and are subsequently facing an increasing number of compliance and data security needs. Recent research found though that not many organizations...

Data Security Cited in ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Praise

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC’s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft has so far been met with industry support, with organizations lauding ONC in working to strengthen trust and support for nationwide interoperability while also considering...

Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

by Elizabeth Snell

Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed....

Health IT Security, FHIR Focus of ONC Secure API Server Challenge

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC is challenging healthcare stakeholders to build secure Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) servers to improve health IT security and ensure that secure FHIR options are available in the future. The Secure API Server Showdown...

Focusing on Healthcare IoT Security with Expanding Market

by Elizabeth Snell

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming a more attractive option to organizations across sectors, but IoT security, standards, interoperability, and cost are still key concerns for executives, a recent report found. Verizon’s State...

Using Threat Intelligence to Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

While 84 percent of organizations consider threat intelligence “essential to a strong security posture,” entities admit that the large amount of threat data and a lack of staff expertise lower their threat program effectiveness, according...

FTC Blogs Review Data Security, Data Breach Prevention Basics

by Elizabeth Snell

The FTC has started a blog series to help organizations better understand the agency’s approach to data security, and to ensure that entities in numerous sectors can create strong data prevention measures. Starting with the FTC’s...

Transforming How Employees Approach Healthcare Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

Some of the biggest trends in today’s healthcare world revolve some form of digital revolution, including in healthcare data security. What’s really amazing about this is that almost every initiative is unique to the requirements...

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