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Healthcare Data Security

FDA Drafts Health Data Sharing Guidance for Medical Devices

by Jacqueline LaPointe

According to recent draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical device manufacturers can look to new health data sharing guidelines to help relieve previous patient privacy concerns. “Although not generally...

Healthcare Cloud Security Concerns Not Impediment to Usage

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Public and private cloud solutions are gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, especially for data storage and network usage, despite issues surrounding healthcare cloud security and PHI data breaches. Researchers at HyTrust...

Do Employee Errors Jeopardize Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Many people have heard the adage that humans are not perfect. But, when it comes to patient information, human imperfections can lead to serious healthcare data security issues. In a recent survey from Experian Data Breach Resolution and...

How Rise in Phishing Attacks Affects Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Many healthcare organizations and business associates are constantly working to prevent phishing attacks from compromising healthcare data security. Yet, cyberattacks were still the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015 and recent...

Providers Seek Cloud Solutions for Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline LaPointe

While cloud solutions are advancing HIE and patient engagement strategies, more providers are focusing on how cloud services can be integrated into types of healthcare data security policies. According to a survey by Level 3...

Preparing for Online Attacks in Hospital Data Security

by Tom DeSot of Digital Defense, Inc.

Following recent headlines highlighting online attacks to hospital data security around the country, many are discussing the growth of not only ransomware, but various methods of targeted attacks and how to stop them. One way is for...

OIG Finds Information Security Issues with VA Audit Logs

by Jacqueline LaPointe

According to a recent VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, the Veterans Benefits Administration neglected to implement appropriate audit logs that would identify information security violations in the Veterans Benefits Management...

Human Error Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare data breaches in 2015 were more likely to be caused by human error in the form of stolen or lost assets, insider and privilege misuse, and miscellaneous errors, such as improper device disposal or mishandling PHI, reported...

Will Healthcare Data Encryption be Impacted by NIST Guide?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare providers and other covered entities under HIPAA regulations may have a new resource on healthcare data encryption standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST released the final draft of...

Potential Healthcare Data Breach Affects Over 19K Patients

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Pain Treatment Centers of America (PTCOA) and Interventional Surgery Institute (ISI), a healthcare network in Arkansas, has reported a potential PHI data breach after a vendor notified them of a hacking incident. According to...

VA Reports 41% Decrease in PHI Data Breaches in March

by Jacqueline LaPointe

In its March report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has witnessed a 41 percent decrease in the total number of veterans affected by a potential PHI data breach since February. The report revealed that there...

Unsecured Database Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A Pennsylvania-based healthcare network is facing a possible healthcare data breach after one of its databases was left unsecured on its website, according to a recent press release. Einstein Healthcare Network stated that approximately...

AHA Calls for Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The American Hospital Association (AHA) aims to help providers develop and share approaches to developing strong healthcare cybersecurity measures through its Cybersecurity webpage, according to a recent blog post. The webpage is...

Are Third-Parties Compromising Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

With the recent spike in healthcare data breaches, it is pertinent that healthcare organizations implement and understand healthcare data security positions of third-party vendors, but most companies claim that they do not have the...

MedStar Ransomware Attack Caused by Known Security Flaw

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Last month’s ransomware attack on MedStar Health’s computer systems was from a well-known security vulnerability in an application server, according to an Associated Press article. The ransomware attack occurred after hackers...

Computer Virus Possibly Exposes PHI in Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Mercy Iowa City, an acute care hospital and regional referral center, recently announced that it experienced a possible healthcare data breach after discovering a computer virus. While Mercy Iowa City did not state how many individuals...

NIST Group to Fund Healthcare ID, EHR Security Pilot Project

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office has announced a new funding opportunity for innovations in federating identity credentials across the healthcare industry and promoting EHR...

New Business Associate Group Talks Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) recently announced the establishment of the HITRUST Business Associate Council (BA Council), which provides healthcare business associates and vendors with a forum for discussing third-party...

Healthcare Data Breaches Most Common in 2015 Incidents

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare data breaches accounted for the most data security incidents in 2015, the second annual Baker Hostetler Data Security Incident Response Report stated. The report analyzed the lessons learned from over 300 data security...

HIPAA Compliance Knowledge Growing Amongst Healthcare Pros

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations are doing more to remain HIPAA compliant compared to two years ago, says NueMD’s 2016 HIPAA Survey Update. The survey looked at HIPAA compliance trends amongst 927 healthcare professionals as a follow-up to...

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