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Slack Adds HIPAA-Compliant Features to Enterprise Grid Messaging

February 8, 2019 - Slack recently added HIPAA compliance to its security features, directly related to file uploads. While the compliance is not currently related to communication channels or direct messaging between patients and providers, two sources told CNBC that those features are expected in the coming months. In fact, the messaging and chat app for businesses confidentially went public on Monday,...


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Developing a Successful, Sustainable Mobile Device Management Program for Healthcare

by Insight

The proliferation of mobile devices in healthcare has led to an increase in the number of potential threat vectors that could expose sensitive health data. According to the Verizon Mobile Security Index 2018, healthcare organizations are...

While New Strains Slow, Ransomware Attacks Continue Apace

by Fred Donovan

While the emergence of new ransomware strains has slowed, the total number of ransomware samples is growing, fueling continued ransomware attacks, according to the latest data from McAfee Labs. The number of ransomware samples increased...

Smart Wristband Raises Health Data Security, Privacy Concerns

by Fred Donovan

Rutgers University researchers have created a new smart wristband with a biosensor that can count particles in the user’s blood and transmit that data via Bluetooth to a nearby smartphone. While this technology could have a major...

Robust Health Data Security Needed for PHI-Laden Mobile Devices

by Fred Donovan

Strong health data security is vital for electronic media and mobile devices that process and/or store ePHI, stressed OCR in its August 2018 Cyber Security Newsletter. “Anyone with physical access to such devices and media,...

NIST, NCCoE Publish Guide on Healthcare Mobile Device Security

by Fred Donovan

NIST and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) have released a guide on how providers can improve healthcare mobile device security to better protect PHI. The guidance, Securing Electronic Records on Mobile Devices,...

Cybercriminals Move from Ransomware Attacks to Crypto Mining

by Fred Donovan

The cyberthreat landscaping is changing rapidly. For example, ransomware attacks, which have devasted the healthcare industry, are being replaced by cryptocurrency mining attacks among cybercriminals motived by financial gain, according to...

AHA Urges Consumer Education on HIPAA Privacy Rule and Health Apps

by Fred Donovan

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is calling on the US federal government to develop a consumer education program to make it clear that commercial providers of health apps may not be subject to the HIPAA Privacy...

IT Worker Uncovers Hospital Pagers with Poor PHI Data Security

by Fred Donovan

A county IT worker recently discovered that certain hospitals in Missouri and Kansas had poor PHI data security for their pagers. Using an antenna he purchased to receive TV channels on his laptop, the worker was able to pick up...

Healthcare Organizations Relying on Passive Mobile Device Security

by Fred Donovan

Half of healthcare organizations rely on passive mobile device security measures such as policy and education, which could leave them vulnerable to attack, according to an annual survey of more than 300 healthcare organizations by...

Secure Texting Becoming 1st Choice for Sending Healthcare Data

by Fred Donovan

Secure texting is becoming the first choice to send information while keeping sensitive data secured, according to a survey of 770 hospital professionals and 1,279 physician practices by Black Book Market Research. Eight-five percent of...

Mobile Device Security Worries Plague Healthcare Providers

by Fred Donovan

Mobile device security is a top concern of healthcare providers when it comes to their mobile programs, according to a survey of 600 healthcare IT decision makers conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of mobile device management (MDM)...

HIPAA Compliant Secure Messaging Top Mobile Communication Driver

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT teams are looking toward HIPAA compliant secure messaging options for their ideal mobile communication solution, according to a recent survey from PatientSafe Solutions. Seventy-seven percent of IT respondents said secure...

4 Tips to Locking Down, Securing Healthcare BYOD

by Bill Kleyman

We are a connected world. Furthermore, our level of connectedness will only continue to increase. And, this is becoming even more so the case when we look at healthcare. A recent CITO Research study showed that leveraging apps and mobile...

Healthcare Most Likely to Suffer from Lagging Mobile Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Organizations across numerous industries are increasingly concerned about potential mobile device security threats, with approximately three-quarters stating that the risks associated with mobile devices have increased in the past year,...

Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Concerns Hinder Digital Adoption

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data privacy and security concerns are pushing healthcare payers and providers to reconsider whether or not they want to adopt mobile and digital health tools, according to the 8th Annual Industry Pulse Report from Change...

57% of Orgs Spend Money on Endpoint, Mobile Security Technologies

by Elizabeth Snell

With data breaches on the rise, organizations are increasingly turning to cloud, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), container, blockchain and/or mobile environments, recent research shows. Furthermore, over half of surveyed entities are...

4 Key Ways to Overcome Healthcare BYOD Security Challenges

by Bill Kleyman

Let’s talk about BYOD security and the mobile workforce in the healthcare environment. We’re seeing it happen every single day. Doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are either bringing in their own devices, or using...

Healthcare Secure Messaging, EHR Integration Top CIO Focal Points

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging is one of the top focal points for CIOs, with 72 percent reporting that they currently utilize secure texting as part of their mobile strategy, according to a recent survey. Seventy-six percent reported they...

How Secure Messaging, Texting Benefit Healthcare Providers

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and impact the healthcare industry, it is essential that providers are able to maintain communications to ensure patients receive necessary care. Healthcare secure messaging and secure texting...

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