Federal regulators have released the final versions of the long-awaited Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, which provide a governance framework to promote secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange - an effort that has been in the making for years.
The onset of COVID-19 introduced new risk factors to HDOs, including remote work, new systems to support it, staffing challenges, and high patient care requirements. There has been a great deal of media coverage on the rise of cyberattacks such as ransomware within the healthcare industry and beyond.
The healthcare and pharmaceutical industry is a target for both criminal and state-sponsored threats.
More large healthcare data breaches were reported in 2020 than in any other year. Additionally, 2021 has seen five consecutive months where industry data breaches have been reported at a rate of two or more per...
Healthcare providers are not technology companies – however, increasingly everything they do is underpinned by technology, and never more so than in today’s digital world. COVID-19 has underlined the need for a fully functional healthcare and pharmaceutical ecosystem. It has also demonstrated the fragility of the...
Although the federal information blocking rule spells out practices that are not considered violations of the regulation, healthcare entities must carefully assess the validity of privacy or security concerns before denying access, exchange or use of patient data, says attorney Adam Greene.
Legacy approaches to data security struggle to cope with the increased regulation and enhanced threat environment that healthcare organizations face because of the limitations imposed by their architectures, approaches, limited scope, and slow adoption of the modern methods required to keep healthcare organizations...
Even though the healthcare sector is clearly a major target for disruptive cyberattacks, many organizations have yet to take the necessary steps to prevent intrusions or respond to incidents, says Amit Trivedi, a director at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
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The Department of Health and Human Services needs to improve collaboration among several of its internal entities, as well as with external partners, in order to bolster cybersecurity threat intelligence sharing in the healthcare and public health sector, says a watchdog agency report.
With a goal of better matching the right patients to all the right medical records, federal regulators have issued new draft technical specifications for standardizing how patients' physical addresses are formatted and represented in health IT systems. But could the effort present new security and privacy risks?
The Biden administration's fiscal 2022 proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services calls for an increase in spending to protect HHS from evolving cyberthreats as well as funding boosts to support regulatory and enforcement efforts related to health data privacy and security.
HIPAA compliance is a complex cybersecurity standard with onerous consequences for failure. Securing Protected Health Information (PHI) at rest and in transit is the critical piece that is too often neglected until it leads to breaches of HIPAA requirements.
HIPAA’s Final Omnibus Rule in 2013 doubled the maximum...
As patients more commonly use smartphones and APIs to access their health information, critical security and privacy considerations need to be top of mind, says Micky Tripathi, the new national coordinator for health IT at HHS.
Long-awaited federal information blocking and health IT interoperability regulations went into effect this week. They are designed to give patients improved access to their records, including via smartphone apps, and make it easier for organizations to share records in an effort to improve treatment.
As the healthcare sector works to provide patients with secure access to their health information via smartphones and other devices, it must address critical identity and trust issues, says DirectTrust president and CEO Scott Stuewe.