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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,...

Patient Privacy Key Part of Precision Medicine Initiative

by Elizabeth Snell

President Barack Obama recently announced Privacy and Trust Principles, which included guidance on protecting patient privacy, as part of the larger Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The new research efforts will also include guidance in  how...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing private...

PHI Data Breach Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Rate

by Sara Heath

Nearly 90 percent of industries handling health information have experienced a PHI data breach, shows recent research from Verizon Enterprise Solutions. This data and other findings are expected to appear in the company’s PHI Data Breach...

Employee Theft Results in PHI Data Breach for 16K Children

by Sara Heath

Employee theft and improper disclosure resulted in a massive PHI data breach at Children’s Medical Clinics in Texas. According to the data breach notification letter sent out to potentially affected individuals, an employee took paper patient...

Health Data Privacy Part of DRAP Security Accreditation

by Sara Heath

As health data privacy becomes a heightened concern for health data organizations, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) developed the Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). Earlier this week, EHNAC awarded its...

NIST, NCCoE Develop Mobile Device Security Draft Guide

by Sara Heath

To combat issues of mobile device security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) have developed a guideline for implementing mobile security measures on both personal...


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