Author Archives: Protenus

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Protect yourself from a hospital data breach

New research suggests that your personal health information may be at higher risk of exposure in certain types of hospitals. But there are steps you can take to secure your info.

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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,...

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Ransomware is rising, but where are all the breach reports?

More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur daily and healthcare is the largest target. Despite HSS requirements and significant risk of untimely notification, however, breach reporting doesn’t match up.

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It’s fantasy football season, privacy officers. You know what that means, right?

In 2015 and 2016, Protenus found that the privacy of professional athletes’ medical records was violated equal to or more than any other VIP or celebrity category. The majority of these privacy violators were repeat offenders. Why? In many cases, Protenus found that football enthusiasts were looking for a competitive edge in their fantasy league...

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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’...

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