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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,...

Boston Medical Center May Face Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Boston Medical Center could potentially face a lawsuit after a Massachusetts Superior Court judge deemed that a plaintiff had legal standing to sue the organization following a healthcare data breach. According to a Mintz Levin law firm blog...

71% of VA Patients Find Secure Direct Message Safe, Valuable

by Sara Heath

Recent research shows that many patients with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are comfortable with using secure direct messaging with their physicians. According to a study led by Jolie N. Haun, PhD, EdS, out of the Veterans Health Administration,...

UMass Lowell, UMMS Launch Secure Health Data System

by Elizabeth Snell

UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Lowell researchers are collaborating to launch a secure health data system to help patients, researchers, and physicians better transport and store information. The secure system is called Flexware, and is...

How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. Technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services...

Using Health Data Encryption for Breach Prevention

by Sara Heath

Electronic health data has been the cause of considerable discussion throughout the healthcare industry. As more health information is stored on electronic platforms, that information is increasingly exposed to the potential threat of a healthcare...

5 Healthcare Security Considerations Going Into 2016

by Bill Kleyman

As we approach 2016, it’s important to take a moment and look at just how far we’ve come in terms of technological evolution. Findings form a recent Gartner report state that the use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this...

HITPC Cites HIE Privacy, Security Challenges to Congress

by Elizabeth Snell

There are complex privacy and security challenges when it comes to health information exchange, according to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC). In its December report to Congress, HITPC claimed that HIE privacy and security issues were just...

Why Education is Crucial to Health Data Security in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

Ensuring that healthcare employees at all levels are properly – and regularly – trained in the latest healthcare data security measures is one of the most important things organizations can do for 2016, according to St. Claire Regional...

Visual Hacking Poses a New Healthcare Data Security Threat

by Sara Heath

Although the healthcare data security industry is heavily investing in precautionary measures on their technical devices, they are missing a less sophisticated gap in their security efforts: visual hacking. According to 3M, visual hacking is...

VA Reports PHI Healthcare Data Breaches Up 36% in November

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced approximately a 36 percent increase in PHI healthcare data breach incidents during the month of November, according to the agency’s most recent report to Congress. Although the VA saw...

Understanding Stage 3 Meaningful Use, Health Data Privacy

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized modifications to meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 earlier this year and also postponed Stage 3 Meaningful Use as mandatory for eligible providers until 2018. Interoperability,...

People Are Top Health Data Security Risk, Says Halamka

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous health data security risks that organizations need to prepare for, but human error is the top way that covered entities remain vulnerable, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) CIO John Halamka, MD, MS....

OIG: Healthcare Security Vulnerabilities at CA Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) found high-risk security vulnerabilities, some of which included healthcare security issues, at three California Medicaid managed-care organizations (MCOs). The vulnerabilities raise concern over system integrity...

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