February 13, 2017

31 Health Data Breaches Disclosed in January as HHS Fines for Late Reporting

2017 has kicked off with a huge proportion of insider threats, as January data from disclosed breaches reveals that 59.2% of breached patient records were the result of insiders.  This month’s health data breaches reinforce the importance of health data security, as the need to protect patient data from insiders continues to loom large.  Healthcare organizations, more than ever, need to be proactive in discovering and reporting when a breach has occurred. This is especially the case given that HHS OCR has issued its first fine for failing to report a breach within their 60-day window.

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February 8, 2017

A Virtual Goldmine: Why Criminals Target Patient Data (Part 1)

The healthcare industry is under siege.

Health data breaches of patient information have become all too common, with both external and insider threats trying to gain access to patients’ electronic health records (EHRs), and it does not appear that the number of attacks will ease up anytime soon. But this begs the question: Why are EHRs so vulnerable to attack? And why do criminals target them in the first place?

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February 1, 2017

4 Things to Check Out at HIMSS17

HIMSS17 is just a month away.  As attendees are researching which sessions and networking events to attend, we’ve scoped out the very best and have put them in one place for your convenience.  

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January 31, 2017

2016 Averaged at Least One Health Data Breach Per Day, Affecting More Than 27M Patient Records

The healthcare industry was plagued by breaches involving patient or health data throughout 2016, with hacking and ransomware incidents reminding us how vulnerable protected health information (PHI) remains. We’d love to tell you that by the end of the year things were starting to improve, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Even as healthcare leaders became increasingly aware of the importance of health data protection, the number of breach incidents remained relatively steady each month of the year, highlighting the continued threat to patient data.

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January 25, 2017

OCR audits: An opportunity to understand patient privacy

Was your organization or hospital subject to an OCR phase 2 audit in 2016? Chances are no, considering only a small subset of 167 healthcare providers, plans, and clearinghouses found themselves in this position. In 2017, on-site audits will begin, and it’s safe to say that OCR audits are just getting started.

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