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How to Build a Balanced Healthcare Cybersecurity Budget

December 5, 2018 - The majority of healthcare security stakeholders agree that cybersecurity budgets are underfunded. And frankly, health organizations aren’t keeping pace with hackers who are continuously improving in sophistication. Data security programs are still often underfunded and understaffed, according to a Black Book Market Research report. The same report found cybersecurity spending...


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Using NIST Guidance for Better Risk Assessment, Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

A structured method of prioritizing programs, systems, and components based on their importance is a critical part of an organization’s risk assessment process and approach to data security, according to a recent NIST special...

ONC, OCR Revise HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to ensure that healthcare organizations of all sizes can prepare for potential cybersecurity issues, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently updated the HIPAA Security Risk...

Reviewing the HIPAA Risk Assessment Process

by Elizabeth Snell

While the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that phase two of its HIPAA audit program is underway, covered entities of all sizes and their business associates should already understand the basics of a HIPAA risk assessment. Being...

Using an Online Risk Assessment for Health Data Protection

by Jim Hunter of CareTech Solutions

Online risk assessments can be greatly beneficial for healthcare organizations as they work to keep sensitive data secure, and also as patient engagement becomes a more important issue. Engaged patients tend to better manage their chronic...

How Parkway Works Toward HIPAA Compliance

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA compliance is something that all covered entities and their business associates need to work toward and closely monitor. No organization wants to miss a key security issue that eventually leads to a data breach. Successfully...

HIMSS experts provide ONC HIPAA tool feedback, analysis

by Patrick Ouellette

Count HIMSS as the latest organization to chime in on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Security Risk Assessment tool (SRAT). HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee, Privacy and Security Policy Taskforce, and Risk...

Maximizing ONC, HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool’s uses

by Patrick Ouellette

Both the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have made it clear that the Security Risk Assessment Tool is part of a developing effort to improve...

Varying opinions on HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool

by Patrick Ouellette

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releasing its Security Risk Assessment Tool has spurred diverse opinions as to how healthcare organizations should use the tool as part of their compliance strategy as well as audit...

Incorporating risk analysis into your HIPAA strategy

by Patrick Ouellette

In building a stout privacy and security compliance program that would stand up well to federal HIPAA audits, proactive healthcare organizations are generally rewarded when it comes to data breach avoidance and remediation. But an...

Responding to a PHI breach with new technology, priorities

by Patrick Ouellette

James Furstenberg, Ferris State University IT Security Director, said he’s always wanted to be the person in charge of security at an organization after it had experienced a breach because the checkbooks open and the mentality and...

How will HIPAA Risk Analysis tool factor into OCR audits?

by Patrick Ouellette

Slowly but surely, healthcare organizations are learning more about the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits scheduled for the fall and many have downloaded the HIPAA Security Risk...

Fitting the HIPAA security risk assessment tool into security plans

by Patrick Ouellette

How exactly healthcare organizations will use the recently-released HIPAA Security Risk Analysis Tool remains largely up to each organization. However, Mark Swearingen, Shareholder at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath, & Lyman, discussed...

Office for Civil Rights: HIPAA audits to be narrower in scope

by Patrick Ouellette

Details of the second phase Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits are beginning to filter through and healthcare organizations would be smart to pay attention to OCR’s audit...

HIPAA security risk assessment tool: Small provider needs

by Patrick Ouellette

Though the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its HIPAA security risk assessment tool a few weeks ago, it’s still unclear how healthcare organizations will use the tool as part of their HIPAA Security Rule...

ONC, OCR release new HIPAA security risk assessment tool

by Patrick Ouellette

After previewing the new security risk assessment (SRA) tool at HIMSS14, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the official release of the tool...

ONC previews new risk assessment tool at HIMSS14

by Patrick Ouellette

At HIMSS14 yesterday, Joy Pritts, JD, Chief Privacy Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Laura Rosas, JD, MPH, Senior Advisor Office of the Chief Privacy Officer reviewed some of the...

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