Healthcare Information Security


Applying Healthcare Information Sharing to Data Security

July 17, 2017 - As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, healthcare information sharing can be a boon to organizations of all sizes. Industry stakeholders can learn best practices, and see how others in the sector are working to prevent data security issues. Healthcare critical infrastructure is one specific area that can be strengthened with information sharing, HIMSS Director of Privacy and Security...

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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...

Employee Healthcare Data Security Awareness Top Industry Threat

by Elizabeth Snell

Approximately 80 percent of surveyed health IT executives and professionals report that employee security awareness is their greatest concern regarding healthcare data security. The 2017 Level 3 Healthcare Security Study was conducted...

HIMSS Urges Holistic Approach in NIST Cybersecurity Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

Having a holistic approach to healthcare cybersecurity is essential in the industry, but there is a lack of alignment between the people, processes, and technology, according to HIMSS. That lack of alignment often creates difficulty for healthcare...

Ransomware, Medical Device Security Top HIMSS17 Topics

by Elizabeth Snell

With HIMSS17 right around the corner, it’s time for healthcare IT professionals to gear up for the annual conference breaking down the industry’s hottest topics. Last year saw a drastic increase in ransomware attacks, so it should...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity Ties into Larger National Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Many findings from a recent report by the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity have direct ties to the future of healthcare cybersecurity, according to Lee Kim, director of privacy and security for HIMSS North America. The Commission...

HIMSS Praises DHS National Cybersecurity Response Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Understanding the dimensions of potential cyber threats and providing better clarification on what equates a significant cyber incident are two suggestions the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provided to the Department...

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...

Information Sharing Key in Improving Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving the outreach and information sharing on healthcare cybersecurity issues, along with having more educated and qualified cybersecurity personnel and health IT experts will be essential in strengthening the healthcare cybersecurity infrastructure,...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts Improving, Still Need Work

by Elizabeth Snell

Ransomware, advanced persistent threats (APTs), and phishing attacks are the top most feared threats in healthcare cybersecurity, according to a recent HIMSS survey. While the majority of organizations have made efforts to prioritize their information...

Health Data Security Considerations in Precision Medicine

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI): Draft Data Security Principles and Framework is a positive step towards better health data security, according...

Understanding Medical Device Security in Healthcare Today

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS – There is no question that medical device security is a top issue in today’s healthcare industry, especially as more providers are looking to implement connected devices.   All of the attention being given to medical...

Cybersecurity, Medical Device Security Key HIMSS16 Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

The annual HIMSS conference is next week, and it will of course tackle the healthcare industry’s hottest topics. With 2015 filled with large-scale healthcare data breaches, and the need for strong cybersecurity measures increasing more...

HIMSS: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Positive, Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

While the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework can be greatly beneficial for the healthcare industry, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) explained that the Framework...

Health Application Vulnerabilities Top IT Executive Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential health application vulnerabilities, such as those on mobile and cloud-based applications, is a top concern among healthcare IT executives, according to a recent HIMSS and Veracode survey. HIMSS and Veracode interviewed 200 healthcare...

Phishing Attacks Top Data Security Motivator, Says HIMSS

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly three-quarters of healthcare organizations list phishing attacks as a motivator for improving their data security environment, according to a recent survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). That was...

HIMSS and CHIME Pen Letter to HHS on Healthcare IT’s Future

by Elizabeth Snell

HIMSS and CHIME are concerned after various leadership changes within the ONC, but hope to work together with HHS. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last several months in...

HIMSS Responds To NIST Cybersecurity Framework RFI

by Patrick Ouellette

A number of organizations have already responded to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) request for information (RFI) on its Cybersecurity Framework sent out August 26, 2014, including HIMSS to offer healthcare insight....

2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey cites security decisions

by Patrick Ouellette

To varying degrees, healthcare organizations are finding more and more uses for the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. As such, the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey broke down SaaS challenges, barriers and successes among the 150 healthcare...

HHS, Medscape activity offers EHR privacy, security tips

by Patrick Ouellette

As the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminded the HIMSS14 audience of a few months ago, HHS has been making concerted efforts to offer providers as many HIPAA related resources as possible. One of the latest pieces of content...


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