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Information Technology, Cybersecurity Issues Common in OIG Areas

December 4, 2017 - 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 management, mental health services, managed care programs and value-based care, and the quality and safety of programs serving American Indian and...


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HHS Pressed on Healthcare Cybersecurity Leadership Changes

by Elizabeth Snell

Recent healthcare cybersecurity leadership changes within HHS have pushed lawmakers to question the agency why those changes took place. Both Margaret Amato and Leo Scanlon emailed bipartisan staff on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Require HHS Bill of Materials

by Elizabeth Snell

The increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats is pushing organizations to utilize numerous technologies to combat potential dangers. It can often be difficult though to have clear visibility into the hardware or software in those...

Evolving Cybersecurity Threats, Protecting Data Top HHS Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

Adequately addressing the industry’s current cybersecurity threats is a key aspect to one of the major management and performance challenges for HHS, the Office of Inspector General determined in its annual report. OIG’s 2017 Top...

Researchers Question Previous Health Data Breach Study

by Elizabeth Snell

Claiming that larger healthcare facilities have a higher risk of experiencing a health data breach “neglects inherent biases in data collection and reporting practices,” according to a letter published in the Journal of the American...

Stakeholders Stress Healthcare Cybersecurity Focus for HHS

by Elizabeth Snell

Ensuring that healthcare cybersecurity measures continue to improve must remain a key focus area for HHS, industry stakeholders explained in responses to the HHS Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. Cybersecurity and healthcare...

HHS Cybersecurity Measures Center of Recent Legislation

by Elizabeth Snell

Two House Energy and Commerce Committee members reintroduced legislation to address HHS cybersecurity measures, helping the agency better establish its role as an authority in facing current cybersecurity challenges. Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)...

Encouraging Collaboration for Improved Data Security Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Malicious actors are not going to disappear anytime soon, meaning that healthcare organizations must remain vigilant in improving their data security measures. Collaboration and information sharing will play critical roles in strengthening healthcare...

HIMSS Calls for Secure Data Exchange, HHS Cybersecurity Role

by Elizabeth Snell

In two separate publications, HIMSS has stressed the need for nationwide secure data exchange and also maintained that healthcare must have “a champion at HHS encouraging stakeholders to be proactive and relentlessly vigilant about cybersecurity.”...

How HHS’ HCCIC Will Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS’ Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) is a critical step toward improving healthcare cybersecurity and will also augment the Department of Homeland Security’s own National Cybersecurity and Communications...

Industry Applauds HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Report

by Elizabeth Snell

In the wake of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force releasing its report to Congress, the healthcare industry has largely had a positive reaction to the report’s recommendations on how to protect against evolving threats. The...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Finds 6 Imperative Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

Evolving healthcare cybersecurity threats are posing even greater risks to the industry, which is why the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force published a report to “address the growing challenge posed by cyberattacks.” These...

HHS Creating Own NCCIC for Improved Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS plans to create its own version of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in an effort to create stronger healthcare cybersecurity, according to a Federal News Radio report. HHS Chief Information Security...

HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information...

White House Finds HHS Strengthening Cybersecurity Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS has made great progress in working to improve its cybersecurity measures and overall approach to stronger cyber hygiene, according to a recent White House report. HHS has aligned its approach to cybersecurity with the Cybersecurity Act of...

Roger Severino Appointed Office for Civil Rights Director

by Elizabeth Snell

Roger Severino was recently appointed as the new OCR Director. At the time of publication, OCR had not yet released a statement on the move. Previously, Severino served as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society...

Risk-Based Cybersecurity Approach Key in HHS IT Strategic Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving cybersecurity measures with a risk-based approach is a key component of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recently released Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. The plan is part of an HHS collaborative...

HHS Information Security Programs Better, Can Still Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services has made improvements to its information security programs, including in its compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA), but there are still areas that can become...

Secure Exchange of Electronic Data Top HHS Challenge

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently facing 10 management and performance challenges, including health information technology and the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic information, according to the...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Security to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, covered entities must ensure that they are also adapting their approaches to data security measures, according to a recent position statement from the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

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