Thumbprint of the Face: Hospital Brings in 3D Camera for Secure Sign On

October 1, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Mason General Hospital, located in Shelton, Wash. on the western side of the Puget Sound, is utilizing a 3D camera, video tracking technology, and facial recognition to allow practitioners to log into their workstation hands free. IT supervisor, Gary Diemert...

Nebraska Med Center Fires Two Employees for Violating Ebola Patient’s Privacy

September 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has fired two workers accused of violating an Ebola patient’s privacy by looking at his medical file, according to various news outlets.

Washington Debrief: More Cyber Attacks Forthcoming, Warns OCR

September 29, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
A joint summit held by the HHS OCR and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that federal officials believe cyber attacks in the healthcare sector will rise in the coming year. Officials pointed to the need for covered entities to...

Dartmouth Researchers Design Bracelet to Strengthen Health IT Security

September 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A bracelet designed by Dartmouth University researchers could prove to be a big step for securing critical information systems, such as medical records in clinical settings.

WEDI Argues Against HPID Use in Electronic Transactions

September 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is advocating that unique Health Plan Identifiers (HPIDs) should not be used within electronic transactions adopted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Old Imaging Equipment: Source of PHI Compromises?

September 23, 2014     Joe Marion
A recent conversation with a colleague raised a very relevant point that I had previously not thought much about. What policies are in place relative to protecting PHI for used equipment? I have been in conversation with a few sources to identify if there are...

NH Passes Legislation to Better Secure the Transfer of PHI

September 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Legislation recently passed in the State of New Hampshire that aims to secure protected health information (PHI) better when it's being shared between healthcare providers.

CHIME Panel Sounds Off on Cyber Crime

September 16, 2014     John DeGaspari
How secure are provider organizations from cyber crime? That was the focus of a lively panel discussion on Monday, September 15, in New York, which was part of the Health Information Executive’s Guide to Cyber Security, presented by the College of Healthcare...

Hacking in Healthcare: Don’t Get Caught in the Hype, Warns Consultant

September 12, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Healthcare Informatics podcast welcomes back Impact Advisors’ Rob Faix to talk about hacking threats in healthcare. In August of this year, Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, Inc., one of the largest health systems in the U.S., got hacked and...

Memorial Hermann Hit With Data Breach

September 3, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare System recently revealed it suffered a large data breach, affecting 10,000 patients.

Community Health Systems Being Sued over Data Breach

August 28, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The hack of Community Health Systems (CHS) that affected 4.5 million patients has led to the large health system and its affiliated hospitals getting hit with a class-action lawsuit.

After the Community Health Systems Incident, FBI Issues Another Hacking Warning to Healthcare

August 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
After last week's large-scale hack against Franklin, Tenn.-based health system, Community Health Systems, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is sending another warning to healthcare organizations over the threat of increased data breach attacks.
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