With increasing federal scrutiny of health care data breaches, maintaining a secure network and clinical infrastructure is crucial for both payers and providers. Topics here include: data breaches, data encryption and other security techniques, access and authentication issues, and regulatory requirements.
New jobs in healthcare information technology are emerging and becoming essential, as reform ramps up and new reimbursement approaches become mainstream. Provider organizations also are facing new challenges as they digitize records and manage increasing amounts of electronic data, and must both use and protect it.
J. Bryan Bennett, predictive analytics curriculum subject matter expert and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University, has signed on to lead a workshop at Health Data Managements Healthcare Analytics Symposium that will focus on the implementation and application of new technologies within healthcare organizations.
More than ever, providers, insurers, clearinghouses and business associateswhether or not covered under the HIPAA security ruleneed to regularly conduct a comprehensive risk assessment that covers information technology, physical security, policies and procedures and other factors.
Some information security professionals and attorneys advise their clients to conduct social engineering tests on their workforce to see how many will click on a link in an email or website without taking a moment to consider if the link is secure.
The latest major hacking of a healthcare organizations information network, this time affecting CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and 1.1 million of its members, reminds stakeholders that sophisticated cyber attacks quickly are becoming a game-changing development within the industry.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield first learned in May 2014 of malware on an information system that was hacked a month later, according to two health information security consultants. But the Blues plan apparently did not realize the malware was not completely eradicated and the system was hacked a month later.
One of the nation's leading multi-sector computational research partnerships is expanding its reach into big health data analytics.
With cyber criminals actively targeting healthcare, the threats to patient data have never been greater. However, there are some critical strategies healthcare organizations can employ for protecting patient information.
About 2,200 patients treated at multiple emergency departments in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center delivery system are being notified of a breach of protected health information after an employee of a contractor copied and disclosed billing information.
First it was Anthem, then Premera, and now another major Blues planCareFirst BlueCross BlueShieldhas been hacked and 1.1 million members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are affected.
In 15 months from January 2014 into March 2015, the healthcare industry had 15 separate major breaches of protected health information that affected well over 100,000 individuals. At least nine of the breaches were caused by hacking and it appears a couple others were, but wording on the HHS Office for Civil Rights breach notification web site is unclear (e.g., theft of network server). Five breaches affected more than 1 million individuals, and one organization is on this list twice for back-to-back hacks.
When investigating breaches of protected health information, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has often found that organizations in many ways were not compliant with the HIPAA Security Rule to consistently secure protected health information. In particular, a risk analysis often was not performed or was done but never updated as the vulnerability landscape changed.
IEEE, a professional association of engineers in multiple industries including healthcare, has issued guidance to help software developers establish a baseline of security for software development and implementation of medical devices.
The American healthcare system is under siege. In the last 15 months, there have been multiple major breaches of protected health information, each affecting more than 1 million individuals. And most expect the threats to increase. How can providers best defend against the onslaught? Health Data Management has assembled a set of must-read articles for healthcare executives responsible for protecting patient data.
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