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Insurer to Pay $2.2M HIPAA Settlement for Disclosure of Unsecured ePHI

January 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico has agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by paying $2.2 million.

Washington Debrief: The Who’s Who in Healthcare on Capitol Hill

January 17, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The 115th Congress has been sworn-in and there are some new leaders to take note of that will have influence over healthcare on Capitol Hill.

Time for Enlightened Leadership on IT Security in 2017

January 11, 2017  |  Mac McMillan
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As the new year begins, it’s time for the leaders of patient care organizations to make IT security a major priority for their enterprises—and they need to move quickly, as threats to U.S. healthcare inevitably accelerate in the current operating environment...

Illinois Healthcare Network to Pay $475,000 for Lack of Timely Breach Notification

January 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced this week the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement action based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected...

Breach of HHS Data from 2015 Becomes Public

December 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A former patient at Concord-based New Hampshire Hospital, a state psychiatric facility, accessed personal files of up to 15,000 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) clients while working at a public computer in the organization’s library in 2015.

Survey: Security, Data Privacy Top Concerns in Managing Staff Mobile Devices

December 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The adoption of mobile devices in healthcare organizations is growing, however there are challenges with managing mobile devices and a majority of healthcare IT leaders cited security as being their top concern, according to a recent survey from Jamf, a mobile...

ONC, OCR Clarify Permitted Disclosures of PHI for Public Health Activities

December 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have published a new fact sheet explaining how providers are permitted to share electronic protected...

UMass Will Pay $650,000 to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

November 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a malware infection back in 2013.

October Cybersecurity Report: 35 PHI Incidents, 776K Records Breached

November 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of reported healthcare data breaches is down for the second straight month, but October still did see 35 protected health information (PHI) security incidents, totaling 776,533 records breached.

Survey: 82 Percent of Healthcare Orgs Have Comprehensive Mobile Strategy

November 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Some 82 percent of respondent healthcare organizations have a fully implemented mobile strategy, indicating a greater level of maturity compared to commercial enterprises, according to a survey from software provider Red H

Report: Healthcare Industry Workers Lack Basic Cybersecurity Awareness

November 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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While it’s known that the healthcare industry is being targeted by hackers, a new report finds that the industry is lacking in basic security awareness among staff with a heightened risk of attacks through social engineering, according to an analysis by...

Survey: Healthcare Orgs Not Taking Mobile Security Seriously Enough

October 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.

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