Privacy/Security

Providing a Frontline of Defense for PHI

April 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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As the rapidly evolving healthcare industry faces increasing challenges to keeping PHI protected, there is a growing need to ensure knowledgeable and credentialed security and privacy practitioners are in place to protect this sensitive information. Health IT...

GUEST BLOG: Heartbleed Bug — What You Should Know

April 11, 2014     Michael Mathews, Ph.D, President and Chief Operating Officer, CynergisTek, Inc.
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In this guest blog, Dr. Michael Mathews of CynergisTek explains the Heartbleed bug. It is a vulnerability in OpenSSL, the open source software that provides for encryption of data in transit between two points across a network, and estimated to impact up to...

Michigan Long Term Care HIPAA Breach Affects 2,595 Patients

April 8, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has issued a notice of a data breach that occurred when a laptop computer and flash drive containing the personal information of about 2,595 patients were stolen from an employee of the State Long Term Care (LTC...

Massive Data Breach in Los Angeles County Gets Even Bigger

April 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Details of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS)' massive data breach, which was announced last month, have gotten even worse as more than 300,000 patients are said to be involved.

HHS Reveals Security Risk Assessment Tool

March 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide healthcare providers in small to medium-sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available HHS.

Data Breach in Ohio Exposes Health Info of 8,800 Patients

March 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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HealthSource of Ohio, a community health center in Southwest Ohio, has announced that the protected health information of 8,800 patients was accessible on the internet for more than a month.

Giving Clinicians Easier Access to the Patient Record

March 18, 2014     John DeGaspari
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In an effort to simplify the task of signing in to its hospital network for its clinicians, Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 562-bed academic medical center in Burlington, Vt., is in the process of rolling out a single sign-on system that speeds up access, while...

New England Health System Establishes Infrastructure for Employee Population Health

March 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Hospitals and health systems are a target-rich environment for lowering costs and improving health because the costs associated with employee health benefits are higher. One health system in New England is using analytics to manage the health of their employee...

Virus Breaches EMR at Colorado Hospital

March 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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A virus has breached the electronic medical record (EMR) system at a hospital in Colorado, exposing the protected health information (PHI) of 5,400 patients.

HITRUST, HHS Collaborate on Security Briefings

March 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), a Frisco, Texas-based group that created a common security framework (CSF) for the healthcare industry, will be working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer free monthly briefings on best...

Computer Theft at UC San Francisco

March 14, 2014     John DeGaspari
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The University of California at San Francisco is alerting 9,986 individuals potentially affected by a burglary involving unencrypted desktop computers that contained some personal and health information.

HIMSS Survey: Potential Data Breaches Rank as Highest Barrier to mHealth Adoption

March 13, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare IT professionals’ greatest concern around mobile health technologies is the potential of a data breach, according to a recent survey of HIMSS14 attendees.
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