Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Security

Home Health Provider to Pay $240K in HIPAA Violation Fines

by Sara Heath

Lincare, Inc., will need to pay $239,800 in fines for a HIPAA violation, according to a notice from the Office for Civil Rights. This decision comes from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Department of Health and Human Services following...

Senate HELP Draft Brings Health Data Security Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently proposed health IT and EHR legislation from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has brought forth some health data privacy and security concerns from industry stakeholders. The draft legislation was designed...

Are Patients Concerned with Their Healthcare Data Security?

by Sara Heath

Despite increasing healthcare data security concerns, consumers appear to trust the healthcare industry with their personal information the most compared to other industries. According to a report from TRUSTe and the National Cybersecurity Alliance,...

More Hospitals Invest Spending in Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Hospitals are responding to healthcare data security threats, with nearly 29 percent of them targeting facility IT spending toward increased security, according to a recent IDC study. Over the course of the past year, healthcare data security...

Utah Dept. of Health Medicaid Data Security Risks Found

by Elizabeth Snell

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) was found to have certain Medicaid data security risks, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Along with weaknesses found in a comprehensive information system general controls audit,...

Vendors Needed for NCCoE Guide on Secure Medical Devices

by Sara Heath

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is calling for vendor participation in a project which will investigate how to better enable secure medical devices....

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...

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