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OIG Compliance Audit Finds HHS Risk Management, IAM Issues Continue

March 13, 2018 - 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, according to a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. OIG explained that Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA)...

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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...

FTC Data Security Enforcement Standard Center in LabMD Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District listened to oral arguments last week in the case of LabMD, Inc. versus the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Court must determine if the FTC overstepped its authority with its data security...

OIG Notes Va. Medicaid Information Security Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

An Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit found the Virginia Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to have information security vulnerabilities. “Virginia did not adequately secure its Medicaid data and information systems, which...

More Orgs Seeking Staff for Healthcare Privacy, Security Jobs

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a large increase in healthcare privacy and security job postings, indicating that the health information management (HIM) profession is continuing to evolve with the needs of healthcare organizations, according to a recent study...

OCR Urges End-to-End Security, Verified HTTPS to Protect PHI

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing end-to-end connection security on internet transactions using Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) can help healthcare organizations better protect PHI and even detect malware, according to OCR’s latest cybersecurity...

NIST Vulnerable Software Guide May Affect Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

A collection of strategies for reducing software vulnerabilities could potentially affect healthcare organizations that are looking to improve their health data security measures. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer...

3 Tips for Creating Healthcare Security Change, Process Controls

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare and security are probably some of the hottest topics today. We’re seeing medial IoT emerging, more digitizing of the healthcare ecosystem, and more healthcare services specifically using technology to revolutionize patient care....

OIG Report Finds CO Medicaid Data Security Controls Lacking

by Elizabeth Snell

Colorado’s Medicaid data security may have increased risk due to vulnerabilities found in the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) information systems according to a recent investigation by the Office for Inspector...

Coordinating Healthcare Data Center Security, Cloud Security

by Bill Kleyman

The modern healthcare IT environment has quickly become the home of next-generation technologies. Still, the proliferation of cloud computing and the data-on-demand generation has created new types of challenges for today’s healthcare IT...

ONC Blockchain Challenge Winners Emphasize Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC blockchain challenge winners were announced earlier this week, with the top white papers focusing on recommendations for market viability and creativity, as well as the advancement of health information flow. There were more than 70 submissions,...

Data Security Vulnerabilities Found in CMS Wireless Networks

by Elizabeth Snell

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has effective security controls in place to prevent cybersecurity attacks, some data security vulnerabilities were found in its wireless networks, according to a recent Office of Inspector...


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