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DHS Flags Encryption Vulnerability in Philips HealthSuite Android App

December 7, 2018 - The Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center issued an alert on a vulnerability found in the Philips HealthSuite Health Android app, which would take only a low level of skill to exploit. Philips launched its HealthSuite platform in 2016, designed as clinical devices and used as part of ongoing collaboration with a provider to...


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UK NHS Releases Guidance on Instant Messaging Apps in Healthcare

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The United Kingdom National Health Service released new instant messaging guidelines for clinicians in the acute care setting, including privacy policies for sharing patient data. The guidance follows a damning CommonTime report that...

Acute Care Moves To Secure Healthcare Communication Platforms

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Acute care organizations are moving toward secure healthcare communication platforms that streamline enterprise-wide communication, while ambulatory organizations are focused on HIPAA-compliant secure messaging. That was one finding of a...

Despite Patient Privacy Risks, More People Use Wearables for Health

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Despite the patient privacy risks that collecting health data on insecure wearable devices could pose, the number of US consumers tracking their health data with wearables has more than doubled since 2013, according to the Deloitte 2018...

Smart Wristband Raises Health Data Security, Privacy Concerns

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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

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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

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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,...

Smart Kids Thermometer Coughs Up Digital Health Data to Hackers

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Ivy Health Kids Thermometer, a smart and portable arm thermometer for babies and small children that connects over Bluetooth to a mobile device app, failed to protect sensitive digital health data of children from hackers, according...

IT Worker Uncovers Hospital Pagers with Poor PHI Data Security

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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...

Cryptocurrency Mining Tops Ransomware Attacks as New Cyberthreat

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While ransomware attacks continue to preoccupy the minds of healthcare IT security pros, a new threat is emerging—cryptocurrency mining. Not as devastating as ransomware, cryptocurrency mining malware can still degrade system...

Healthcare Organizations Relying on Passive Mobile Device Security

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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

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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...

Healthcare Texting for Patient Appointments Could Pose Risks

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Healthcare organizations must be mindful of security when engaging in healthcare texting for patient appointments, advised MGMA Consulting Principal Nick Fabrizio in a recent blog post. Fabrizio was commenting on the results of a survey...

Gap Analysis Not Enough for HIPAA Security Rule, Says OCR

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A gap analysis can be used to discover where problems exist in securing electronic protected health information (ePHI), but it is not a substitute for a comprehensive risk analysis required by the HIPAA Security Rule, the Office for Civil...

Mobile Device Security Worries Plague Healthcare Providers

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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

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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

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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

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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,...

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