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DHS Mobile Device Security Study Urges Federal Improvements

May 23, 2017 - A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on improving the federal government’s approach to mobile device security could also have potential impact on healthcare’s mobile approach. The report is based off of a study conducted in coordination with NIST and its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Mobile device threats exist across numerous platforms (i.e....

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Mobile Security at Center of $2.5M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

The latest OCR HIPAA settlement was the first of its kind for a wireless health services provider, following allegations of ePHI disclosure due to a stolen laptop. Pennsylvania-based CardioNet provides remote mobile monitoring of and rapid response...

Mobile Security Strategies for Common Provider Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

As covered entities and business associates continue to adopt mobile security strategies, it can be increasingly difficult to find tools that are innovative but do not compromise security. Mobile app privacy and security worries and maintaining...

Healthcare Apps Privacy, Security Top Provider Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers stated that their top concern with third party healthcare apps was their privacy and security capabilities, according to a recent Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technology (SMART) Health IT study. Just under...

Mobile Security Concerns Continue to Nag Health IT Leaders

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT decision makers may see the value in implementing mobile options, such as BYOD and mobile device management (MDM) solutions, but there are still mobile security concerns, recent research shows. More than one-quarter of IT decision...

What Happened with mHealth Security, Mobile Privacy in 2016?

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities and business associates are continuously searching for the technologies that can improve physician workflow, while also ensuring PHI security. Mobile devices are increasing in popularity, and are quickly becoming beneficial tools...

Mobile Security Key Focus in Recent NIST Resources

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released two draft resources that highlight current mobile security threats and then provide guidance on how public and private organizations can best approach those threats....

Mobile Health App Privacy Policies Not Easily Accessible

by Elizabeth Snell

With more individuals entering their personal health information into various apps and trackers, mobile health app privacy and security is increasingly important. Without understanding a specific app’s privacy policies, an individual may...

ONC Urges Mobile Application Security, Regulatory Adherence

by Elizabeth Snell

The potential legal concerns and mobile application security should be key considerations as technologists, clinicians, or even patients work on developing healthcare applications, according to Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) leaders....

Why Healthcare Application Security is Critical Area

by Elizabeth Snell

As more covered entities and business associates continue to implement mobile options, healthcare application security is an increasingly critical aspect to overall data security. If a recent survey is any indication, organizations should take...

How Can Expanded Secure Text Messaging Affect Healthcare?

by Elizabeth Snell

As the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO) recently changed its stance on using secure text messaging for sending physician orders, healthcare organizations now have expanded options when it comes to utilizing digital communications....

How Secure Messaging Closed UofLSD ‘Technology Gap’

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging options are quickly becoming more commonplace in the industry, with more employees needing ways to communicate immediately for proper patient care but also in a way that won’t compromise data. The University...

How BYOD, Mobile Security is Prioritized at OhioHealth

by Elizabeth Snell

BYOD policies are critical aspects to mobile security platforms that have been implemented at any covered entity. Whether an organization is looking to implement smartphones, laptops, or tablets, mobile security should be top priority, especially...

Using a ‘Layered’ Approach for Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As technology has continued to evolve, healthcare data security has also needed to change in order to keep pace and keep sensitive information secured. That is why Illinois-based Riverside Healthcare has adopted security in layers, ensuring that...

Congress Seeks Clarification of HIPAA Rules for mHealth Apps

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not making a distinct enough effort to clarify HIPAA security regulations for mHealth app use and development, according to a letter from members of Congress. In November 2014, HHS committed...

Understanding HIPAA Regulations and Mobile Devices

by Elizabeth Snell

The proliferation of mobile devices has caused many covered entities and business associates to take a closer look at HIPAA regulations, to ensure that they remain secure while they are using the latest technologies. It is essential to understand...

What Are Top Mobile Health Security Concerns in 2016?

by Elizabeth Snell

Mobile health security has continued to grow with numerous advances in technology, and that trend will likely last into 2016. More providers are encouraging the use of mobile devices, and more consumers are looking for ways to become more involved...

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 Medical...

Top Healthcare Data Security Issues for the C-Suite

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security is no longer an issue relegated to the IT department, especially as technology becomes more prevalent throughout organizations. This is why CIOs and CISOs need to understand what the key privacy and security issues are,...

Why is Health Application Security Lagging Behind?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare application security is not as strong as other sectors, as it is frequently more likely to be targeted by cyber attacks, according to a recent Imperva survey. The 2015 Web Application Attack Report (WAAR) found that healthcare web...


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