Many healthcare organizations are failing to address shortcomings in security risk management for their supply chains, says former healthcare CIO David Finn, describing findings of a recent study assessing the state of cybersecurity in the sector.
A 2014 data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the protected health information of 6.1 million individuals has led to another round of government penalties. This time, the Franklin, Tennessee-based company has agreed to pay $5 million for a settlement with 28 state attorneys general.
In an exclusive interview, Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, spells out critical steps healthcare organizations must take to safeguard patient information and ensure patient safety in light of the surge in ransomware and other hacking incidents.
As the compliance dates approach for the Department of Health and Human Services' information blocking and health IT interoperability final rules, organizations need to avoid potential pitfalls, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.
The eHealth Initiative and the Center for Democracy and Technology are seeking feedback on their draft privacy framework that addresses gaps in legal protections for consumer health data falling outside of HIPAA's regulatory umbrella, says eHI CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights plans to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify the HIPAA rules before the end of the year, says Timothy Noonan, the agency's deputy director for health information privacy.
Never store hardcoded credentials in code uploaded to public-facing GitHub repositories, and make sure none of your business associates are doing that. Those are just two takeaways from a new report that describes how nine organizations were inadvertently exposing health records for at least 150,000 patients.
As developers design applications to provide patients with access to their digital health records via smartphones - as called for under the 21st Century Cures Act - special attention needs to be paid to balancing security with usability, says Chad Wilson, CISO of Stanford Children's Health.
In an exclusive, wide-ranging video interview, Don Rucker, M.D., HHS national coordinator for health IT, discusses why more work needs to be done to protect the privacy of health data as well as why the U.S. needs to ramp up secure health information exchange among clinicians.
Your patients and members are today's consumers, and they expect seamless user experiences. But you can't meet their demands at the expense of security. You must remain a stalwart steward of protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII). The distributed nature of healthcare delivery...
A radiology technician allegedly inappropriately accessed thousands of patient records for more than eight years, according to a newly filed breach report from Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States. The incident is yet another example of the challenges of dealing with insider threats.
The American Medical Association has issued a set of privacy principles for health data that it hopes Congress and regulators will keep in mind as they prepare legislation and regulations. In an interview, AMA Board Chair Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., describes the recommendations.
What are some of the critical considerations for aligning strong security controls with the workflow needs of clinicians? Omar Khawaja, CISO of Highmark Health, which includes health plans and a healthcare delivery system, discusses key issues.