When a healthcare provider develops its own applications that handle patient data, it must take critical steps to safeguard protected health information and ensure HIPAA compliance, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.
Federal regulators have reached a $3 million HIPAA settlement in a case alleging that a medical imaging services provider delayed investigating and mitigating a breach involving patient information leaking onto the internet via a web server - and delayed notification of victims as well.
With cyberattacks, online espionage and data breaches happening at a seemingly nonstop pace, Western intelligence agencies are bringing many of their capabilities out of the shadows to help businesses and individuals better safeguard themselves and respond. We need all the help we can get.
Every day needs to be password security day - attackers certainly aren't dormant the other 364 days of the year. But as World Password Day rolls around again, there's cause for celebration as Microsoft finally stops recommending periodic password changes.
What are the key privacy and security requirements proposed in the latest draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement issued by federal regulators to promote nationwide secure health data exchange? Elise Sweeney Anthony of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT explains.
The Department of Health and Human Services is lowering its top fines for less egregious HIPAA violations. Meanwhile, it's pledging to make a "big push" to enforce patients' right to access their health records. What's the potential impact?
Two organizations that provide treatment to patients with substance addictions have recently reported breaches of sensitive information. Compliance experts say that many organizations that provide such treatment must comply with HIPAA as well other stricter privacy requirements, which creates challenges.
Boston Children's Hospital is pioneering the use of Amazon's Alexa voice assist technology in the healthcare sector. John Brownstein, the hospital's chief innovation officer, discusses the security measures involved.
The healthcare sector was the No. 1 target for major data breaches last year, according to a new report. And the No. 1 cause of breaches in all sectors was phishing. What can be done to prevent these incidents?
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has filed a lawsuit arguing that a $4.3 million HIPAA penalty levied against it last year by the Department of Health and Human Services following three data breaches was unlawful. What are the main arguments?
Several industry groups have offered suggestions - ranging from better cyber information sharing to new regulatory "safe harbors" for entities complying with best practices - in response to Sen. Mark Warner's recent request seeking ideas for improving healthcare sector cybersecurity.
Buyer beware: A new study shows used USBs offered for sale on eBay and elsewhere may contain a wealth of personal information that could potentially be used for identity theft, phishing attacks and other cybercrimes.