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Patient perspective on eHealth, mobile privacy and security


According to recently-released results from a Ponemon Institute and Experian Data Breach Resolution report, there are still eHealth services and mobile application privacy and security questions among consumers and patients. The report, titled...

Successful organizational health IT security strategies


Most healthcare IT security executives understand that no single solution will keep patient data secure and recognize that instead, a blend of the right technology, people and policy is the right approach. Peter Guerra, a principle in the Booz...

Managing healthcare network security and BYOD needs


Though there’s never a true winner in the “ease of use” v. security debate, coming to a happy medium between the two can present challenges for healthcare organizations. This is especially the case when dealing with the impact...

TigerText’s HIPAA guarantee: Provider, vendor ramifications


Most healthcare professionals will agree that there are more secure messaging options out there than they can count. With different vendors competing against each other for hospital and provider business with their own versions of mobile platforms...

Mobile health IT security: Bolstering technology with policy


One way or another, mobile devices are finding their way into healthcare organizations’ four walls and onto their networks. Each organization’s mobile needs vary based on size and available resources and many have come a long way...

Healthcare CIO perspective on BYOD, security vendor selection


In bringing new security technologies into a healthcare organization, from a CIO’s standpoint, there has to be the right mix of compatibility and alignment with internal policy. And in deciding which technologies and vendors would work...

UMC Health System Security Officer discusses user awareness


With 14 years under his belt working with government entities in IT security, Phil Alexander, Information Security Officer at University Medical Center (UMC) Health System, certainly has a unique outlook on IT security in the healthcare sector....

Involving nurses in mHealth strategy may boost security


When considering how clinical and innovation requirements fit into their mobile strategy, some organizations don’t consider nurses’ needs as well. Spyglass Consulting Group recently released “Point of Care Communications for...

Effective and secure internal communication key for hospitals


Those in charge of information technology within healthcare organizations can’t fall into the trap of concentrating on one area of need when it comes to security, which can prove to be difficult when specific incidents pop up. Instead,...

mHealth adoption creates data security challenges


The use of mobile devices within healthcare (mHealth) is rising as physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers enjoy the portability and flexibility that mobile devices allow. Smart phones, tablets, and laptops provide easy access to health...

Mobile-thinking providers must scrutinize security options


A healthcare organization’s mobile security strategy involves many considerations, such as whether to allow BYOD or how much access the devices have to an organization’s network. But one shifting area of focus for enterprise security...

Human error tops Ponemon patient data security study threats


The Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Patient Privacy & Data Security Study reviewed new and expanded threats of patient data security and privacy. Based on the results of the study, human error continues to be the biggest source of...

Survey: Data breach risk biggest concern for mHealth use


According to a recent Axway survey conducted during HIMSS14, data breaches are the biggest concern in mobile health (mHealth) technology for healthcare IT professionals. Axway is a provider of data flow management software, and its poll surveyed...

Using encryption at rest to enhance healthcare BYOD security


The confluence of mobile devices being widely distributed within healthcare organizations and data breaches involving unencrypted devices means there’s been plenty of discussion about mobile device encryption. Since most of these breaches...

HIMSS14: 10 healthcare data security challenges


This week many of us will head off to the HIMSS14 annual conference in Orlando. For some this will represent a break from this years harsh winter weather, for others a welcome break from the routine and a chance to see what’s new, and for others...

SANS survey analyzes health endpoint vulnerabilities


The recently-released 2014 SANS Securing the Internet of Things Survey collected healthcare organizations’ data between September 2012 and October 2013 and evaluated the effectiveness of cybersecurity strategies in combating industry vulnerabilities....

U.S. Senators: FDA healthcare regulation should be narrowed


There have been growing regulatory concerns in the healthcare industry because there’s a lack of clarity as to which government entities are in charge of different areas of compliance. To help ease some of this confusion, U.S. Senators...

Network security factors into healthcare wireless upgrades


Last week, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, a 401-bed, non-profit medical center in Los Angeles County, announced it was deploying an Aruba wireless local area network (LAN). Among the reasons for the update was to improve wireless infrastructure...

How will FDA regulations affect mHealth security efforts?


There has been a great deal of talk lately around which federal regulatory bodies have jurisdiction over keeping data private and secure in healthcare. While the battle between Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD mercifully ended last week,...

McAfee threat report cites mobile malware, social attacks


The McAfee Labs’ 2014 Threats Predictions report spanned a number of different areas of concern in IT security. Though, by nature, a company such as McAfee makes its business on ensuring the public knows the potential threats and how its...


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