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Lessons Learned from 2016: It’s Time to Address Internal Security Threats to Health Data

January 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Throughout 2016, the message from cybersecurity experts has been fairly consistent and increasingly urgent—leaders at patient care organizations need to prioritize IT security. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, a recent year-in-review report on...

KPMG Leader: “The Healthcare CIO is in a Very Tough Spot”

January 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The pressure continues to mount on healthcare CIOs. What can they do to best navigate the road ahead?

Healthcare Data Breaches: A Year in Review

January 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The latest year-in-review Breach Barometer report from Protenus paints a stark picture—2016 average at least one health data breach per day, affecting more than 27 million patient records.

NIST Publishes Draft Update to Cybersecurity Framework

January 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published proposed updates to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity—also known as the Cybersecurity Framework.

Should Healthcare Organizations be Looking at Biometrics for Health IT Security?

January 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The use of biometric technology solutions—fingerprints, hand geometry, retina or iris scans—for data security purposes is beginning to pick up momentum across the healthcare space as data security leaders face an increasingly hostile cyber threat landscape.

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

January 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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...

Washington Debrief: 115th Congress Sworn In, ACA Repeal Conversations Underway

January 9, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
As healthcare takes center stage in the 115th Congress, the House Republican Study Committee released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last week.

Survey: Patients Skeptical of Health IT Due to Privacy, Security Concerns

January 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
More than half of consumers, 57 percent, with contact experience to hospital, physician or ancillary provider's technology this past year report being skeptical of the overall benefits of health information technologies mainly because of a perceived lack of...

FDA Issues Final Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Devices

December 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued its finalized guidance for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices and offered recommendations to medical device manufacturers to maintain the security of internet-connected devices, such has...

Breach of HHS Data from 2015 Becomes Public

December 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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.

Healthcare Informatics’ Top 10 Stories of 2016

December 28, 2016  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
Healthcare Informatics parsed through the Google Analytics to come up with the 10 most-clicked stories of 2016.

Five Health IT Trends I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

December 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Here are five broad health IT trends that I am looking forward to reporting on in 2017


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