Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Security

Hacking Accounts for 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches due to hacking have increased immensely from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from Bitglass. In 2014, 68 percent of healthcare data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices containing health information,...

FDA Interoperability Draft Stresses Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to push for EHR interoperability, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that healthcare data security, patient safety, and risk management should be top priority for IT developers and users. In their...

Why Healthcare Data Security is No Longer ‘Just an IT Issue’

by Elizabeth Snell

Prioritizing healthcare data security is something that covered entities of all sizes must be currently doing, especially as more organizations implement mobile devices, connect to HIEs, and begin to use connected medical devices. This is why...

PHI Healthcare Cloud Security Still Too Low, Report Shows

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry has vastly more PHI related policy violations when it comes to cloud security, according to Blue Coat Elastica Cloud Threat Labs Q4 2015 Shadow Data Report. Although the healthcare industry clearly has the most PHI...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Pushed in EHNAC, NH-ISAC Agreement

by Elizabeth Snell

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) recently announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in an effort to further strengthen...

Is There an Ethical Obligation for Health Data Sharing?

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data sharing can have numerous potential benefits, but according to one group of doctors, there is also an ethical obligation to responsibly share health data. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) explained in...

DirectTrust Growth Reflects Priority on HIE Security

by Sara Heath

Secure direct messaging and health information exchange (HIE) security is growing, according to DirectTrust’s 2015 end of year metrics. By the end of 2015, the Direct exchange had performed nearly 44 million transactions across its network....

Charles Stellar Named WEDI Interim President, CEO

by Elizabeth Snell

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced earlier this week that Charles W. Stellar was named as the organization’s interim president and CEO. Devin Jopp, Ed.D. resigned earlier this month, but WEDI explained that Stellar...

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

by Sara Heath

Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

Majority of Americans Say Health Data Sharing Acceptable

by Elizabeth Snell

Just over half of Americans - 52 percent - said in a recent Pew Research survey that health data sharing is acceptable, while 20 percent stated that it would depend on the particular circumstances of the information being shared. However, age...

VA Sees 60% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches in December

by Sara Heath

In its December monthly report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has reported a near 61 percent decrease in PHI-related healthcare data breaches since November. This is a welcomed change to last month’s 36 percent...

FDA Releases Medical Device Cybersecurity Draft Guidance

by Elizabeth Snell

It is important for medical device manufacturers to monitor, identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to draft guidance recently released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA draft guidance is also meant to...

Evolution, Not Revolution Coming to Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

When it comes to protecting sensitive information and maintaining strong healthcare data security, it is not a matter of revolutionary changes, but rather evolutionary change, according to Kate Borten, president and founder of The Marblehead...

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the following: Physical...

How Health Data Sharing Relates to Healthcare Privacy

by Elizabeth Snell

With the push toward nationwide interoperability, health data sharing is continually a top issue that covered entities are trying to overcome. Whether a healthcare provider is trying to connect to an HIE, or a research institute is trying to...

Are Existing Issues a Key Healthcare Data Breach Cause?

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent survey indicates that varying priorities could potentially lead to data breaches, including possible healthcare data breaches. Not only is there a significant gap between organizations’ IT and security teams, but one of the leading...

WEDI President and CEO Devin Jopp Resigns

by Elizabeth Snell

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced today that President and CEO Devin Jopp, Ed.D. is resigning. The WEDI Board of Directors has formed a search committee to identify a replacement, according to a company statement,...

More DDoS Attacks Show Need for Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks are up during the third quarter of 2015, reinforcing the healthcare industry’s growing concern for healthcare data security. According to an assessment performed by Akamai, all industries concerned...

Medical Device Security, Health Data Security Top 2016 Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device cybersecurity and health data security have both been tabbed as top healthcare issues for 2016 in separate releases. First, the ECRI Institute explained in its list of the Top 10 Technological Advances to Watch in 2016 that medical...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

by Sara Heath

In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital statement,...

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