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Healthcare Cybersecurity Is a Top 2019 Executive Challenge

September 25, 2018 - Healthcare cybersecurity will be one of the top 10 challenges, issues, and/or opportunities facing healthcare executives next year, according to a new poll by the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG). Healthcare cybersecurity covers such issues as protecting the privacy and security of healthcare consumer information to maintain consumer trust in sharing data, the HCEG explained. For the...


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Boston Hospitals Cough Up $1M for ‘Boston Trauma’ HIPAA Violations

by Fred Donovan

OCR announced Sept. 20 that it has fined three Boston-area hospitals close to $1 million for HIPAA violations involving the filming of ABC’s TV series “Save My Life: Boston Trauma.”* OCR reached HIPAA settlements with...

CMS Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Patient Privacy Rights

by Fred Donovan

Minnesota-based Fairview Southdale Hospital violated patient privacy rights by taping patients without their knowledge or consent during psychiatric evaluations in the emergency room, a CMS investigation concluded. The CMS...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework To Get Privacy Framework Companion

by Fred Donovan

NIST is launching a collaborative privacy framework initiative as a complement to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the agency announced Sept. 4. The privacy framework would provide voluntary guidelines for protecting privacy in an era of...

Americans Fret About Loss of Control Over Personal Information

by Fred Donovan

Americans are concerned about loss of control over their personal information, according to a survey conducted by the US Census Bureau. Virtually the same number of households identified loss of control over personal data as a major...

3.15M Records Exposed by 142 Healthcare Data Breaches in Q2 2018

by Fred Donovan

In the second quarter of 2018, 3.15 million patient records were compromised in 142 healthcare data breaches, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer. A discouraging 30 percent of privacy violations involved repeat offenders,...

FTC Wants Expanded Authority in Data Security, Privacy

by Fred Donovan

While HHS is the primary federal agency that enforces HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules, the FTC has expanded its enforcement activities in data security and privacy, including taking on now-defunct medical testing firm LabMD over poor data...

Patient Safety Concerns Driving Medical Device Security Investment

by Fred Donovan

Medical device security and patient data privacy are two of the areas in which the healthcare industry is investing to curb the costs of adverse patient safety events, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan. Other areas of...

Amazon’s Healthcare Push Could Run into HIPAA Compliance Issues

by Fred Donovan

Amazon has been expanding rapidly into the healthcare field, but its approach to patient privacy could use a lot of tweaking if the company doesn’t want to run into HIPAA compliance problems down the road. Amazon has set up a health...

Federal Court Sides with Main Line Health in HIPAA Violation Case

by Fred Donovan

A federal court in Pennsylvania recently ruled against a Main Line Health employee who argued that her dismissal was due to age discrimination, not a HIPAA violation as the company claimed. Philadelphia-based Main Line Health Inc....

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...

Hospital Faxes Records to Wrong Person in Apparent HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center has been sending faxes with patient information to the wrong person for months in an apparent HIPAA violation, reported ABC6 in Columbus, Ohio, on June 18. The information in the faxes...

Patient Privacy Impact of Technology Worries Healthcare Leaders

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare leaders are concerned about patient privacy issues when it comes to undertaking a technology adoption initiative, according to a survey of 347 US health physicians and executives by Ernst & Young. Other worries about...

WHS Suspends Dozen Employees for Alleged HIPAA Violations

by Fred Donovan

Pennsylvania-based Washington Health System (WHS) has suspended around a dozen employees for alleged HIPAA violations involving inappropriately accessing patient records in a high-profile case, the Observer-Reporter newspaper reported June...

Clinical Trial Subjects Unworried about Health Data Sharing Risks

by Fred Donovan

Fewer than 8 percent of clinical trial participants felt that security and privacy risks of health data sharing outweighed the benefits, according to a study by Stanford researchers recently published in the New England Journal of...

Some Healthcare Firms Struggle To Comply with EU Data Privacy Rule

by Fred Donovan

Around one-third of healthcare organizations are still “on the journey” to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), even though the GDPR took effect May 25, according to a cross-industry global survey...

New York Suspends Nurse for HIPAA Violation Affecting 3K Patients

by Fred Donovan

The state of New York has suspended Martha Smith-Lightfoot, a former nurse at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), for a HIPAA violation. Smith-Lightfoot admitted to disclosing PHI when she took a list of more than 3,000...

Washington Bolsters Patient Privacy Rights with New Law

by Fred Donovan

A Washington state law (SB 6027) set to take effect June 7 limits the use of medical and mental health records in discrimination lawsuits, strengthening patient privacy rights, the Seattle Times reported.  The state House passed SB...

Why Email Failed To Replace Fax For Secure Document Exchange

by J2 Global

Sharing PHI in a HIPAA-compliant fashion using current health IT infrastructure continues to prove a pain point for covered...

Personal Injury Attorney Ads Could Raise Patient Privacy Issues

by Fred Donovan

In a new trend that could raise patient privacy concerns, personal injury attorneys and marketers are using geofencing technology to deliver targeted advertisements to patients’ mobile phones when they visit emergency rooms or...

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