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Applying Inogen Data Breach Lessons to Healthcare Providers

April 18, 2018 - The recent Inogen data breach, in which hackers were able to penetrate an employee’s email account, highlights the need for healthcare organizations to use multifactor authentication (MFA) to control access and to get robust cyber insurance if they don’t already have it. Inogen, a Goleta, California-based supplier of portable oxygen concentrators, admitted in a recent filing...


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Preparing for a Potential Healthcare Data Breach Investigation

by Elizabeth Snell

A current and comprehensive risk management plan, including a good auditing process, will be critical for organizations that must deal with a healthcare data breach investigation. Covered entities and business associates will be better able to...

Uber Health Prioritizes Patient Data Security, HIPAA Compliance

by Elizabeth Snell

Ridesharing company Uber launched a platform in March 2018 that aimed to provide more transportation options to patients. Individuals can use Uber Health to get a ride to their provider, while being reassured that HIPAA compliance remains a top...

Threat Intelligence Sharing Essential for Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) constantly stresses the need for threat intelligence sharing in the healthcare sector, especially as cybersecurity threats grow increasingly sophisticated. Healthcare...

What the CareFirst Data Breach Decision Means for Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

In February 2018, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari in the CareFirst data breach case. CareFirst had requested the Court review the class action lawsuit against it that came from two separate incidents. The first occurred in June 2014, followed...

Focusing on Healthcare Data Privacy with Information Governance

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security is one of the top industry challenges, but a comprehensive and holistic information governance (IG) program can be essential in overcoming it. Information governance is not often considered with cybersecurity,...

Healthcare Risk Assessments Key Driver for Security Investments

by Elizabeth Snell

More providers are adopting cybersecurity frameworks and prioritizing risk assessment, according to the third annual Symantec and HIMSS Analytics HIT Security and Risk Management Study. However, organizations are still underinvesting in cybersecurity,...

Achieving Healthcare Compliance, Security in Provider Settings

by Elizabeth Snell

Providers need to maintain healthcare compliance and ensure their data security measures are strong enough to combat ever-evolving threats. However, compliance and security are not interchangeable and entities must focus on both for comprehensive...

Healthcare Blockchain Key Component for Trusted Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare blockchain is quickly becoming a hot topic in the industry, but data privacy and security and how data will be properly utilized are key concerns for the technology. Blockchain could play a key role though in the future of healthcare...

Implementing the NIST CSF for Improved Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Cybersecurity frameworks are often cited as key ways for organizations to improve their approach to healthcare data security, especially as more entities utilize connected devices and work toward interoperability. The National Institute of Standards...

Crafting a Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Action Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

Following recent research showing that 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, AHIMA released a healthcare cybersecurity action plan to assist entities in preparing for potential threats. Implementing an...

How an Ohio Hospital Avoided a Widespread Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Having the necessary and applicable data security tools in place, along with comprehensive employee education, are critical for ransomware attack prevention measures. Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of the potential threats and be...

Recognizing, Overcoming Medical Device Cybersecurity Gaps

by Elizabeth Snell

Legacy devices and not having an accurate understanding of current device inventory can lead to some of the more common medical device cybersecurity gaps. Healthcare organizations cannot afford to suffer from an attack that compromises connected...

Secure Health Data Exchange Key Focus for AMA Investment

by Elizabeth Snell

The nationwide push for interoperability has helped fuel the desire for healthcare to find ways to implement secure health data exchange. Information should be able to flow freely, but data security concerns can be a great hindrance in entities...

What Should Entities Expect with OCR HIPAA Enforcement?

by Elizabeth Snell

There have been nine OCR HIPAA enforcement settlements so far in 2017, highlighting the need for covered entities and business associates to focus on audit controls, risk management, and business associate agreements. While there has been a new...

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which could bring legitimate harm...

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...

Using Secure Texting for Improved Patient Care, Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing new technical solutions, such as secure texting, can help healthcare providers of all sizes and in different locations better care for patients and ensure PHI security. Regardless of where an organization is based though, federal...

Creating a Culture of Data Privacy, Security in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations of all sizes need to be working toward maintaining proper data privacy and security measures in the healthcare industry. The threat landscape is continuously evolving, and falling behind could lead to a large-scale data breach....

Utilizing Secure Messaging in Disaster Recovery Planning

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes know that it is important to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Secure messaging tools are becoming an increasingly popular option for that approach, as it can give clinicians a quick and efficient...

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