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NH-ISAC Cybersecurity Warning Shows Importance of Regular Updates

January 8, 2018 - The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (NH-ISAC) Threat Intelligence Committee released a cybersecurity warning last week urging entities to be aware of two potential vulnerabilities. Researchers determined that Meltdown and Spectre could circumvent certain protections and expose “nearly any data the computer processes, such as passwords, proprietary...

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OIG: NC Medicaid Eligibility Data Security Measures Must Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

The North Carolina State Medicaid agency (State agency) failed to meet federal requirements for Medicaid eligibility data security, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. The State agency had the Office of North Carolina Families...

Information Technology, Cybersecurity Issues Common in OIG Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

Cybersecurity issues and information technology issues are both common in numerous areas that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to focus on, according to the latest OIG semiannual report to Congress. OIG wants to keep working on grants...

NH-ISAC Calls for Improved Healthcare Email Security Practices

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly all top healthcare providers – 98 percent – have not implemented Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC), which could lead to healthcare email security issues, according to a recent survey....

HHS: Microsoft Vulnerabilities Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) recently warned the healthcare sector of potential healthcare cybersecurity issues stemming from reported Microsoft vulnerabilities. Both Microsoft and the Department...

OIG Stresses Information Security, Data Integrity for 2017

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving data integrity and information security measures were just two of the areas noted in the recent OIG Semiannual Report to Congress. “With the sheer amount of data and its complexity, however, the Department continues to face challenges...

OIG Finds IT Weaknesses in MA Medicaid Management Info System

by Elizabeth Snell

The Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) was not adequately protected, which could have compromised the integrity of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. These...

How Healthcare IT Teams Bring Value and Security to Providers

by Bill Kleyman

Over the recent years, some of the most successful healthcare organizations are those that thoroughly involve their IT teams with overall business goals. IT professionals are no longer a silo operation, put in place to put out fires or deal with...

Necessary Skills for Healthcare IT Security Professionals

by Bill Kleyman

So you work in the healthcare IT security world. Have you seen some changes? Are you noticing more users requesting complex applications? Maybe you’re starting to deploy more compliance-ready cloud systems. Or, you could be utilizing new...

Is There a Healthcare Cybersecurity Skills Shortage?

by Elizabeth Snell

With ransomware attacks and other data security issues for healthcare organizations being regularly reported, employees with the necessary healthcare cybersecurity skills are crucial assets. However, if a recent survey shows a cybersecurity skills...

Thoma Bravo Set to Acquire Imprivata for $544M

by Elizabeth Snell

An affiliate of the private equity firm Thoma Bravo will acquire Imprivata for $544 million in cash. Thoma Bravo also has healthcare IT investments in Global Healthcare Exchange, Hyland Software, Mediware, and SRS Software. Imprivata has several...

How End-Point Evolution Will Impact Healthcare Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

In terms of trends, we need to come to some serious realities as it relates to the conversation around the Internet of Things (IoT) and healthcare data security. IoT and wearable systems will be making a big impact on a variety of industries....

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...

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,...

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...

Securing Healthcare Networks from Advancing Cyber Threats

by Bill Kleyman

The security threat matrix for the healthcare IT environment is evolving. Why? There are more users, a lot more data and new technologies that are capable of carrying information over vast, widely-distributed ecosystems. In fact, a recent Cisco...

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...

Data Re-Identification Top Concern in Health Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Data re-identification concerns, cost, and having necessary knowledge on managing data are main concerns for healthcare organizations when it comes to their privacy solution in health data sharing. Additionally, more than two-thirds of respondents...

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,...

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...


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