With the advent of technology in personal healthcare - internet connected glucose monitors, intravenous blood pressure monitoring, personal best friend emotional bots - a lot of highly sensitive data that's rampantly traversing the airwaves. The impact of this data getting in the wrong hands is just starting to be...
The healthcare industry (hospitals in particular) is one of the top industries targeted for cybercrime. Given the high value of a stolen healthcare record, motivated adversaries will continue to go where the money is.
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When a healthcare system wanted to ensure HIPAA/EDI compliance, they undertook a risk assessment to better understand their security posture. They uncovered sensitive data being sent out over the internet instead of through a secure channel which had been set up.
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With the rise in ransomware attacks targeting healthcare organizations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a guidance document that explains the basics of ransomware, what organizations should do in the event of data breach, and how to contain the attack from stealing sensitive patient...
Healthcare is the only industry where employees are the primary reason for a data breach. A variety of motives including monetary gain, negligence or the need to access patient data quickly lead to Patient Health Information (PHI) loss.
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Complicating healthcare compliance efforts is the growing trend of migrating patient data to cloud storage and hosted applications such as Health Information Exchange systems. The cloud lowers costs and improves efficiency, but widens the attack surface for data breaches.
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Every new cybersecurity regulation includes at least some emphasis on improving vendor risk management. But what happens when vendors balk at the extra degree of scrutiny required? Moffitt Cancer Center's Dave Summitt describes his risk-based approach to business associates.
HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne Kolbasuk McGee reflects on the just-concluded Healthcare Security Summit in New York in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, PCI Security Standards Council CTO Troy Leach addresses ransomware risks.
Federal regulators will be kicking off remote HIPAA compliance "desk audits" of business associates next month and more comprehensive onsite audits of both covered entities and BAs early next year. Learn more about what's next for the audit program.
New long-awaited federal guidance clarifies that cloud services providers that handle protected health information are nearly always considered business associates under HIPAA and, as a result, must meet the regulation's security requirements.
Because the legal relationships between healthcare organizations can be very complex, it's not always crystal clear when business associate agreements should be in place to help safeguard patient data, says privacy attorney Adam Greene. He explains the legal issues in this in-depth interview.
A recent incident involving a vendor using a Boston clinic employee's credentials to inappropriately access patient data via a regional health information exchange illustrates the potential risks involved as the use of HIEs continues to grow.
In the first HIPAA enforcement action against a business associate, federal regulators have smacked a nonprofit organization with a $650,000 penalty following an investigation into a 2014 security incident affecting just 412 patients.
Does your organization really have a clear idea of what measures your business associates are taking to safeguard your most sensitive data? Yet another breach, this one affecting Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, points to the risks.
Covered entities find it difficult to prevent unauthorized access to patient data by members of their staffs. Preventing breaches involving insiders at business associates can be even trickier, as an incident affecting Meritus Health illustrates.