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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...

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...

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...

Vendor Healthcare Data Breach Exposes Info on 87K Patients

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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...

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...

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...

Stolen Laptop Leads to Possible Healthcare Data Breach in KS

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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...

ONC HIT Report to Congress Discusses Data Privacy, Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Health data privacy and security are just one of several potential barriers when it comes to modernizing and integrating the health IT infrastructure, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)....

Phishing Scam Leaks Employee Information at NJ Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey recently announced that more than 5,000 employees at some of its facilities may be at the risk of identity theft following a phishing scam that potentially compromised their...

Hacking Accounts for 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches due to hacking have increased immensely from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from Bitglass. In 2014, 68 percent of healthcare data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices containing health...

What are Top HIPAA Compliance Concerns, Obstacles?

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining HIPAA compliance should always be a key area for leaders in the healthcare industry, but as technology continues to evolve, there are numerous factors coming into play that could affect how organizations keep patient data...

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

by Sara Heath

Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security...

How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. Technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human...

Using Health Data Encryption for Breach Prevention

by Sara Heath

Electronic health data has been the cause of considerable discussion throughout the healthcare industry. As more health information is stored on electronic platforms, that information is increasingly exposed to the potential threat of a...

People Are Top Health Data Security Risk, Says Halamka

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous health data security risks that organizations need to prepare for, but human error is the top way that covered entities remain vulnerable, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) CIO John Halamka, MD,...

How Premier Nephrology Utilizes Secure Messaging

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging has numerous benefits for covered entities, but organizations need to ensure that they remain HIPAA compliant as they take advantage of new technical options. Los Angeles, California-based Premier Nephrology...

OIG Report to Congress Stresses Health Marketplace Security

by Sara Heath

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its Semiannual Report to Congress, identifying key areas in which several federal healthcare agencies can improve their security efforts. Specifically, OIG emphasized health...

Two-Factor Authentication Use Increases, ONC Finds

by Sara Heath

Hospital health IT departments are gaining capabilities for two-factor authentication at an increasing rate, helping to improve healthcare data security. Two-factor authentication capabilities are important for increasing health data...

New Research System Helps Reduce Genomic Data Security Risks

by Sara Heath

Health data sharing is an important part of ensuring complete and effective healthcare research. However, it poses a significant risk to health data security and genomic data security. This conundrum is made evident in recent research by...

NIST Guide Could Assist in Protecting Patient Privacy Online

by Elizabeth Snell

Protecting patient privacy is an essential aspect to any healthcare organization’s data security plan. However, employees still need to be able to access that data. Being able to properly manage accounts can be critical to ensuring...

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