April 13, 2017

March Health Data Breaches: Time to Report Improving, but Time to Discovery Still Troubling

After a relatively quiet start to the year, there has been an uptick in the number of health data breach incidents and a drastic increase in the number of breached patient records this month, with almost 700K patients breached in a single incident.  Also of note is that a recent report found that academic medical centers are substantially more likely to be breached than other health systems.  These findings reinforce the need for academic health systems to pay particular attention to how they are protecting their patient data and what proactive measures they have put in place to thwart these threats.

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March 20, 2017

Hacking Incidents Down, While Some Insider Health Data Breaches Took 5+ years to Discover

After a noticeable decline in the number of hacking incidents, insider-related breach incidents have doubled relative to the previous month. February’s health data breaches reinforce the importance of understanding inappropriate workforce activity, especially when the majority of incidents come from within a healthcare organization.  For instance, a Nebraska hospital recently discovered a breach that had been going for more than five years and was the result of ongoing insider-wrongdoing.  It’s important for healthcare organizations to use advanced analytics to immediately detect breaches of this magnitude in real-time, greatly reducing the impact for patients and organizations alike.

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March 1, 2017

New Survey: 70% had HIPAA Compliance Plans in 2016

NueMD, a cloud-based medical billing service, administered a HIPAA compliance survey in 2014. The survey intended to gauge knowledge of regulations, steps taken toward compliance, and the use of electronic devices as a means of communication. In 2016, they issued a follow-up survey to measure the change in HIPAA compliance and awareness over time. This guest blog post is from Jeremy Alderman at NueMD

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February 22, 2017

Four Healthcare Privacy Officer Best Practices

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule made many sweeping changes to the healthcare world. One of the most significant was the requirement that all healthcare organizations – no matter their size – designate a privacy officer whose primary duty is to protect the confidentially and privacy of patients’ protected health information (PHI).

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February 15, 2017

A Virtual Goldmine: Why Criminals Target Patient Data (Part 2)

It is no secret that electronic health records (EHRs) are incredibly valuable. One needs to only look at the number of cyber attacks that target healthcare organizations as proof that those records contain extremely valuable patient information.

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