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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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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