Healthcare Information Security


Industry Applauds HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Report

June 7, 2017 - 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 report highlighted six key imperatives, along with corresponding recommendations and action items, and also stressed the importance of the private...

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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...

HHS Funding to Aid Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to improve how organizations can respond to healthcare cybersecurity threats, and foster further information sharing in the industry, as well as in the public health sector, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded...

GAO Calls for More Guidance, Oversight in HIPAA Regulations

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must improve its guidance and oversight of covered entities and their business associates when it comes to adhering to HIPAA regulations, according to a recent US Government Accountability Office...

HHS Funding to Combat Rising Healthcare Cybersecurity Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to better meet the current healthcare cybersecurity threats, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness...

HHS Role in Healthcare Cybersecurity Discussed in Hearing

by Elizabeth Snell

Having effective data protection and incident response are crucial parts to strong healthcare cybersecurity, according to a recent hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee. The group met last week to discuss the future of healthcare...

Precision Medicine Initiative Security Framework Released

by Elizabeth Snell

A Precision Medicine Initiative Security Framework was created to ensure that healthcare organizations of all sizes understand the security expectations that must accompany the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), according to the Department...

HHS Clarifies HIPAA Regulation Patient Right of Access Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While HIPAA regulations state that patients have a right of access to their own health information, many individuals are left wondering just how much it will cost them to view their own PHI.  Fortunately, the Department of Health and Human...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Bill Introduced for HHS Operations

by Elizabeth Snell

Bipartisan legislation was recently introduced by members of Congress to improve healthcare cybersecurity, specifically the measures within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). House Energy and Commerce Committee members Rep. Billy...


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