Healthcare Information Security

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Excessive PHI Sharing Top Healthcare Cloud Security Concern

by Sara Heath

Excessive PHI sharing is the top concern for healthcare entities when it comes to cloud security, according to CloudLock’s Q4 2015 Cybersecurity Report. In a study that investigated a total of eight IT security industries and numerous case...

Cyberattack Causes Healthcare Data Breach at MaineGeneral

by Sara Heath

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified MaineHealth as having experienced a cyber attack.  MaineGeneral Health will be sending out healthcare data breach notification letters to individuals who fell victim...

UCHealth Alerts Patients of Internal Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Colorado-based UCHealth is notifying approximately 800 patients of an internal healthcare data breach that resulted from an employee inappropriately accessing electronic patient files. According to a hospital statement, the incident was discovered...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Concern in 2016, Says Experian

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches are slated to be a continuing concern into 2016, according to an Experian Data Breach Resolution white paper. The white paper, which served as a 2016 data breaches forecast, explains that healthcare data security will...

Data Re-Identification Top Concern in Health Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Data re-identification concerns, cost, and having necessary knowledge on managing data are main concerns for healthcare organizations when it comes to their privacy solution in health data sharing. Additionally, more than two-thirds of respondents...

Top Healthcare Data Security Issues for the C-Suite

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security is no longer an issue relegated to the IT department, especially as technology becomes more prevalent throughout organizations. This is why CIOs and CISOs need to understand what the key privacy and security issues are,...

OIG Report to Congress Stresses Health Marketplace Security

by Sara Heath

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its Semiannual Report to Congress, identifying key areas in which several federal healthcare agencies can improve their security efforts. Specifically, OIG emphasized health marketplace security....

Exposed Server Causes Cottage Health Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Nearly 11,000 patients have had their health information breached in a recent healthcare data breach at Cottage Health in California. According to a hospital statement, an outside IT security contractor was testing the provider’s data systems...

Data Breaches Lead to Growing Health Data Security Market

by Sara Heath

The health data security market is on a definitive upswing, according to a report from Grand View Research. In 2014, the market size was valued at $5.5 billion, and is expected to grow significantly from there. The cybersecurity market by end...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity is Affected by Recent CISA Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 2015 (CISA) was passed in October of this year, which will create a framework for exchanging information regarding cybersecurity threats within the numerous industries – including healthcare. In...

How Evolving Business Models Impact Healthcare Security

by Bill Kleyman

Let’s be honest for a minute here. Yes, healthcare is here to help people, improve lives, and provide the best care possible. However, healthcare is also a business. As much as we are here to provide the best kinds of healthcare services,...

Two-Factor Authentication Use Increases, ONC Finds

by Sara Heath

Hospital health IT departments are gaining capabilities for two-factor authentication at an increasing rate, helping to improve healthcare data security. Two-factor authentication capabilities are important for increasing health data security,...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

by Sara Heath

After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data security...

3 Tips for Managing the Healthcare Security Threat Landscape

by Bill Kleyman

The healthcare IT, data center, and cloud landscape is changing. In fact, it’s already changed. Adversaries are no longer lone wolves, but have become a community that is trying new techniques, trades intellectual property, and sometimes...

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...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for...

Healthcare Security Top Issue Discussed at CIO Summit

by Elizabeth Snell

Health systems are lagging behind in terms of healthcare security, according to CIOs who met at the annual Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit, and there was an overarching consensus that good support at the senior leadership level is essential for...

Health Data Security, Privacy Concerns Hinder IT Outsourcing

by Elizabeth Snell

Health IT payers are hesitant to opt for offshore IT solutions, citing health data security and privacy issues, says a recent Black Book poll. The possibility for healthcare data breaches and other security concerns are causing payers to think...

Keystroke Logger Leads to Health Data Breach at KY Hospital

by Sara Heath

OH Muhlenberg, LLC recently experienced a keystroke logger cyberattack, which lead to a health data breach, according to a hospital statement. OH Muhlenberg was notified of this incident by the FBI on September 16, 2015. The FBI notification...

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 The incident, which occurred in September,...


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