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Conn. AG requests details on Apple Watch privacy practices


Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is looking for answers regarding the new Apple Watch’s new privacy protections and how Apple plans on enforcing them. Because reports suggest that the Apple Watch will be able to collect,...

Report: Healthcare industry must focus on endpoint security


It’s no secret that data encryption continues to be an IT security sore spot in the healthcare industry, but some recent Forrester Report findings reaffirm that endpoint security is a critical issue. According to the Wall Street...

More organizations investing in IoT security services


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a strong cross-industry term that is getting a lot of hype these days, but a recent Gartner report says enterprises will continue to invest in security services over the next few years. According to Gartner,...

Healthcare BYOD policy considerations: Minimizing risk


BOSTON – A common theme throughout the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum this week was acceptance of risk and how much is tolerable for a healthcare organization. The benefit versus risk debate becomes even more interesting when...

BIDMC CIO discusses mobile device, external event risks


BOSTON – In detailing some recent security “war stories” at the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum, John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), reminded the audience that being both proactive and...

Apple bars HealthKit developers from selling health data


Apple has answered prominent privacy questions regarding its soon-to-be-released iOS 8 HealthKit application by creating firm data disclosure rules for developers. The tech giant, according to The Guardian, stipulated that developers...

Top five qualities of a healthcare secure messaging platform


With the understanding that healthcare organizations absolutely need to implement some type of secure communications platform, the question becomes what should they be looking for in a product? Tech-savvy healthcare organizations know that...

Apple HealthKit collaboration talks: HIPAA implications


Though Apple’s HealthKit app won’t be available until the fall when the new iPhone 6 comes out, the consumer tech giant is currently making inroads with major healthcare providers to have them use the software to centrally...

Sen. Schumer: FTC should regulate fitness tracking devices


U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer has called for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to form stricter guidelines for fitness tracker and bracelet vendors to allow users to opt out of data tracking. Schumer wants to give patients the opportunity to...

BYOD security report: Tools and budget trends


It’s well-understood that security and employee satisfaction are the major concerns and drivers, respectively, of healthcare BYOD adoption. But where do cross-industry organizations stand on these critical areas of mobile device...

How Apple-IBM deal may affect healthcare mobile security


It’s been a few weeks since Apple and IBM announced their new partnership, which made waves in a number of verticals, including healthcare. The argument could be made that the move prompted follow-up moves, such as Blackberry’s...

Healthcare mobile security vendor arms race heats up


In acquiring former partner Secusmart, BlackBerry’s message was clear that, much like its competitors, it’s using security expertise acquisition as a platform to rejoin the enterprise mobile elite. Coming on the heels of last...

Do third parties regularly access consumer health data?


Consumer-generated healthcare data privacy doesn’t appear to have caused too many ripples in the general public’s consciousness to this point. But a recent California Healthcare Foundation report looks at how personal health...

Survey reviews IT security threats: Healthcare results


A recent IDG Connect and ForeScout survey, titled the State of IT Cyber Defense Maturity Report, reviewed the different security threats posed against finance, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and education organizations across the...

Boston Children’s Hospital CISO talks secure messaging


Boston Children’s Hospital is among the latest hospitals to embrace, not attempt to block, clinical text messaging. As Paul Scheib, Children’s IT Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), explained to...

Apple HealthKit privacy questions for providers, developers


As referenced by Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) IT Director Frank Baer, there is no turning back from the confluence of mHealth applications and healthcare privacy concerns. Instead, organizations must go head-first into mobile...

Securing a healthcare mobile environment during EHR transition


As evidenced by all of the recent healthcare regulation news, our industry is in a state of evolution. While government, healthcare professionals and patients are the ones actually driving change, it is technology that is helping to power...

mHealth Android app security review: Attack surfaces


A recent study by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer science student Dongjing He reviewed how some mHealth Android applications present privacy and security issues. In her “Security threats to Android apps”...

Ensuring HIPAA compliance among inpatient, outpatient docs


The continuum of care continues to expand and is forcing integrated delivery networks and health systems to reconsider their health data privacy and security practices after addressing the features unique to inpatient and outpatient...

Mobile technology, user impact on hospital BYOD decisions


In addition to warmer New England weather, springtime represents a time where Chris Logan, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Care New England Health of Providence, R.I., sees a brand new crop of residents come in wanting to...


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