5 common HIPAA compliance pitfalls for healthcare orgs to avoid

For a healthcare organization to be HIPAA compliant it needs to ensure the right patient controls and rights are in place when it comes to protected health information. But in an age where cyber threats are growing in both sophistication and proliferation, it adds a level of complexity. Read healthcare attorney Matthew Fisher list five […]

HHS Updates HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool, Empowers Consumers

The recently updated HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT) will highlight recent healthcare data breaches and help consumers learn how such incidents are investigated, according to OCR. The agency explained in a statement that the new HBRT “features improved navigation for both those looking for information on breaches and ease-of-use for organizations reporting incidents.” Read about the […]

Healthcare Execs Report Rise in Data Breaches and HIPAA Violations

A survey of IT healthcare executives found that 47% have suffered a data breach or violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) at their organization this year, compared to 37% in 2015. Read more about the  KPMG 2017 Cyber Healthcare & Life Sciences Survey released today which reveals that nearly half of […]

HHS Updates HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool, Empowers Consumers

The recently updated HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT) will highlight recent healthcare data breaches and help consumers learn how such incidents are investigated, according to OCR. Read about the newly updated online HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool designed to help consumers find out more information on healthcare data breaches on Health IT Security.

Cybersecurity Checklist for HIPAA Covered Entities

In the last year, we have seen a trend in threat actors increasingly targeting the healthcare industry. The healthcare industry in particular has valuable information for hackers, such as health records, employee records and medical research. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is designed to protect patients’ medical records and other sensitive information. […]

Implementing HIPAA Technical Safeguards for Data Security

Read Elizabeth Snell explain how healthcare firms can implement HIPAA technical safeguards for data security on Health IT Security : The push for digital health records is not going to slow down anytime soon, and as recent cases of ransomware attacks show, healthcare organizations must create comprehensive data security measures. HIPAA technical safeguards are just […]

How to Avoid Common HIPAA Violations

The healthcare industry in the U.S. is highly-regulated at the state and federal levels. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is designed to protect patients’ medical records and other sensitive information. Organizations that fail to implement safeguards or report health data breaches can face hefty HIPAA violation penalties. Recent violations settlements include inappropriate […]

HIPAA breach fines: It’s time to rethink this mess

Read  Tom Sullivan and Jessica Davis’ article about HIPAA data breach fines on healthcare firms on Healthcare IT News : When the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights slaps hospitals with a hefty fine for a data breach, from where does that money ultimately come? Read their full article here.

Ransomware rising, but where are all the breach reports?

Presence Health set the bar high with its $475,000 settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights earlier this year. The settlement, announced January 9, 2017, is the first HIPAA monetary enforcement on a healthcare organization for untimely breach reporting, according to HHS. Read how despite rising ransomware attacks, the […]

How to achieve HIPAA compliance on AWS: A guide

Healthcare companies that are accustomed to complete control over physical systems often struggle to understand their responsibilities in a cloud environment. Who is responsible for which aspects of compliance? Can healthcare companies trust Amazon with their mission-critical apps and sensitive data? What are the rules and boundaries for AWS compliance? Read how healthcare firms can […]