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Most Physician Secure Messaging Apps Not HIPAA Compliant


Despite the critical nature of secure messaging and mobile security, several physician practices do not necessarily use secure methods of communication. According to a recent study by Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc., most healthcare organizations...

Mobile Security a Barrier to Health App Use, Study Shows


Calling into question the issue of mobile security, researchers Paul Krebs, PhD, and Dustin T. Duncan, ScD, conducted a mobile health app study, concluding that those who trust their data in health apps are generally only those who use the apps....

NIST, NCCoE Develop Mobile Device Security Draft Guide


To combat issues of mobile device security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) have developed a guideline for implementing mobile security measures on both personal...

Cybersecurity Plans See More Executive Support, Study Shows


As healthcare cybersecurity needs become increasingly urgent, researchers in a recent study found that CIOs and CISOs are being given more power and more budgetary means to combat cybersecurity threats. The study, which was conducted by Tyler...

What Are Top Healthcare Mobile Security Concerns?


Healthcare mobile security is an increasingly important issue in the industry, especially with more providers implementing BYOD strategies and connecting to outside networks. Employees need to have a comprehensive understanding of how to use...

Health Application Security Lacking, Study Finds


As more healthcare organizations implement mobile devices, health application security is essential. However, if a recent research study is any indication, mobile applications have room for improvement when it comes to privacy and security features....

NIST Guide Provides Strategies for Increased Email Security


Email hacking methods, such as phishing or the leaking of confidential information, can have catastrophic consequences such as health data breaches. As the Internet grows increasingly complex, and hackers grow more sophisticated, it is important...

BYOD Privacy Concerns Push Security Admins Away, Says Report


While there may be a slight push for mobile devices and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, a recent survey shows that BYOD privacy concerns are pushing away end users and even IT security administrators. The majority of individuals are hesitant...

How to Secure a Mobile Device from Cybersecurity Threats


As mobile devices become a growing presence in the healthcare industry, it is important to identify simple steps and best practices to ensure cybersecurity. These steps in protecting mobile devices in the healthcare field can even be adopted...

Fitbit Announces New HIPAA Compliance Safeguards


Fitbit, Inc. recently announced that it now has HIPAA compliance safeguards in place to ensure that Fitbit Wellness customers can stay aligned with federal compliance standards. Fitbit Wellness is a “business-to-business offering that provides...

Keeping Mobile Security A Priority in Connected Networks


As more healthcare organizations implement and use connected devices, it is essential that they have comprehensive mobile security measures in place. No covered entity wants to experience a data breach, especially one that could have been prevented...

BYOD Use on the Decline Due to Health Data Security Risks


BYOD policies are seeing a slight decline in popularity, according to a recent Spok survey, and it may be due to health data security and the challenges it poses on personal mobile device use. According to the study, BYOD usage has dropped 15...

How to Ease Consumer Health Data Privacy, Security Concerns


With an increase in mHealth options, and more healthcare organizations implementing BYOD policies, it is not surprising that health data privacy and security concerns exist. However, a recent survey found that nearly one-quarter of consumers...

NIST Releases Draft Guide on Mobile Device Security


The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) released a draft guide for healthcare providers on mobile device security. The draft is designed to help facilities keep patient...

How Does Health Data Security Tie in to Patient Access?


Health data sharing, and letting patients have greater access to their own health data, are becoming increasingly popular topics in the healthcare industry. With technology evolving, more organizations are working to stay current, while also...

Health Data Privacy, Security Barrier to mHealth Adoption


More healthcare providers are looking into adopting mobile health options, but they are also aware of existing barriers that could make that transition more difficult. Health data privacy and security are one of the potential issues that healthcare...

Why Healthcare Secure Messaging, BYOD Should Be Considered


Healthcare secure messaging options are becoming more common in the industry, especially as BYOD is increasing in popularity. Covered entities understand that their employees are likely using smartphones and other devices, so it is critical to...

Managing and Securing Healthcare Mobility Options


Securing healthcare mobility is becoming a more important aspect of the industry, especially as the modern healthcare organization is no longer bound to 9 to 5 work hours. Your users, doctors, nurses, associates and contractors are now a lot...

How Implementing Secure Messaging Can Benefit Facilities


CHICAGO – Implementing secure messaging options can have far-reaching and long-lasting benefits for healthcare facilities. Whether an organization wants to account for employees already sending text messages, or is looking to implement...

Missing Encrypted Devices Leads to 7K Notification Letters


Home health and hospice company Amedisys recently discovered that it had 142 missing encrypted devices during a risk management process. The organization said in a statement that it sent out notification letters to 6,909 individuals whose information...


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