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Improve Healthcare Authentication with New NIST Guide

August 18, 2017 - NIST recently released updated digital identity guidelines for federal agencies looking to create a secure authentication process. While not designed for healthcare authentication specifically, the guidelines could help the industry ensure a more secure password process. “Digital authentication is the process of determining the validity of one or more authenticators used to claim a digital...


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Most Wired Org Focuses on Multi-Level Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings showed that more organizations are finding successful ways to balance innovation and healthcare data security. St. Luke’s University...

Implementing HIPAA Technical Safeguards for Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for digital health records is not going to slow down anytime soon, and as recent cases of ransomware attacks show, healthcare organizations must create comprehensive data security measures. HIPAA technical safeguards are just one key...

Improve Healthcare Data Security with Stronger Authentication

by Elizabeth Snell

The comment period recently closed on NIST special publications discussing digital identity guidelines, which could potentially impact healthcare organizations working to improve their healthcare data security measures. “Identity proofing...

79K Patients Affected by Emory Healthcare Data Breach

by Kate Monica

Nearly 80,000 patients were potentially impacted by a recent data breach at Georgia-based Emory Healthcare’s Orthopaedics & Spine Center and Brain Health Center (EHC) at Emory Clinic. On January 3, 2017, EHC became aware of an incident...

Rehabilitation Facility Reports Patient Data Files Unattended

by Kate Monica

Catalina Post-Acute and Rehabilitation recently became aware of an incident where paper files containing resident and employee information were left in an unattended area. The patient data files, along with certain employee information, were...

Michigan Cybersecurity Breach Could Impact 22K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Flint, Michigan-based Singn and Arora Oncology Hematology is notifying 22,000 patients that some of their information may have been accessed in a cybersecurity breach, according to an ABC12 report. An unauthorized user reportedly accessed...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

by Bill Kleyman

There was a recent Forbes article that analyzed the findings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which looked at the total number of breaches and impacted people in 2015. So, what did OCR find? In 2015, there were 253 healthcare breaches,...

Potentially Unencrypted Laptop Stolen from LA Hospital

by Kate Monica

On December 21, 2016, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group (CHLAMG) became aware of a potentially unencrypted laptop stolen on October 18, containing the personal health information...

Focusing on Audit Controls to Maintain PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Reviewing and securing audit trails, while also ensuring the proper tools to collect, monitor, and review those audit trails are in place are key audit control considerations for covered entities and business associates, according to the Office...

Protecting Your Healthcare Brand by Investing in Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

The modern trends around digitization and cloud have absolutely catapulted cybersecurity into the forefront of concerns for healthcare admins and IT decision makers. A recent Ponemon study, analyzing the cost of data breaches, found that the...

Utilizing Healthcare Authentication for Stronger Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Finding the right balance between security and convenience is often tricky for healthcare providers, especially as technology continues to quickly evolve. Implementing stronger access controls and healthcare authentication options can help ensure...

UMass Agrees to $650K OCR HIPAA Settlement after Allegations

by Elizabeth Snell

Following alleged HIPAA violations stemming from a malware infection that potentially exposed the ePHI of 1,670 individuals, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) agreed to an OCR HIPAA settlement. Along with adhering to a corrective...

What Lessons Can be learned from Recent Health Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

Several recent large-scale health data breaches have affected over 5 million individuals, including patients, employees, and providers. With more covered entities implementing connected devices, BYOD strategies, and working toward interoperability,...

Possible Microsoft Data Security Flaw Revealed in ‘Golden Key’

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations relying on Microsoft operating systems may want to take note of a recent potential data security issue, and make any necessary patches to ensure that patient information remains secure. Researchers MY123 and Slipstream...

How Insider Threats May Affect Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware attacks are becoming an increasingly major threat to covered entities, but if a recent report is any indication, insider threats could also lead to healthcare data security compromises. More than 200 C-level security executives and IT...

Vendor Healthcare Data Breach Exposes Info on 87K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Southeast Eye Institute, PA, or Eye Associates of Pinellas, has recently reported a possible healthcare data breach after an unauthorized party accessed patient files that were formerly managed by a third-party vendor. Approximately 87,314...

5 Healthcare Data Security Challenges and Solutions

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous healthcare data security challenges in the industry, and these challenges will only continue to evolve as technology becomes more complex and providers work to stay current. Healthcare cybersecurity threats are often thought...

Large Data Breaches Top Worry for Health Pros, Survey Shows

by Sara Heath

Large-scale data breaches, like the ones that have been affecting the healthcare industry in recent years, are a key issue in several industries. Numerous organizations are becoming highly concerned about the possibility of being affected by...

Stolen Laptop Leads to Possible Healthcare Data Breach in KS

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Valley Hope Association, a Kansas-based non-profit that provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment, recently announced a data security breach after a work-issued laptop containing patient information was stolen from an employee’s car...

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