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February 17, 2017  5:04 PM

Health data breaches and hacker attacks spiked dramatically in 2016

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
cybersecurity, OCR, PHI

Health data breaches triggered by hacking attacks spiked by 320% in 2016 and ransomware became widespread, according to a report by a health IT cybersecurity firm. Released the week before

September 1, 2016  9:36 AM

ONC Blockchain Challenge winners show health IT uses

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Blockchain, nist, ONC, PHI, precision medicine

A wide range of possible use cases for blockchain in healthcare are revealed in 15 papers chosen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as the...


July 6, 2016  7:03 PM

OCR gets tough with business associates

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA audits, HIPAA business associate, OCR

With its levy of a $650,000 fine on a service provider of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Department of...


February 23, 2016  4:04 PM

ONC survey: Growth of confidence in EHR privacy and security

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR safety, EHR security, patient data, patient data privacy, patient data security

Patients' trust in providers' abilities to protect EHR privacy and security is steadily increasing to the point where more than three-quarters of patients support the idea of providers electronically exchanging their data. From 2012 to 2014, ONC polled Americans on their confidence in the...


February 17, 2016  3:59 PM

Healthcare held hostage in Hollywood hospital hack

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
cybercriminals, cybersecurity, Pacs, PHI, Ransomware

Carl Wright, general manager and executive vice president of worldwide sales at cybersecurity firm TrapX Security, Inc., has seen and worked to foil a lot of hacks in previous stints as a U.S. military chief information security...


February 9, 2016  4:23 PM

ONC says HIPAA doesn’t impede health IT interoperability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, Interoperability, OCR, ONC, PHI

Officials at ONC are determined to smother the notion that HIPAA and its PHI regulations interfere with providers' capacity to exchange patients' health information. At least that's the implication behind a collection of educational resources being published and promoted by ONC. In response to...


January 12, 2016  11:22 AM

OCR issues reminder about patient health information access under HIPAA

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
hhs, HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, OCR, PHI

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services is trying to change the perception of what HIPAA does for patients. HIPAA is commonly thought of as a rule that requires health organizations to secure patients'


December 22, 2015  12:51 PM

Text messaging in healthcare study delivers decisive results

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
PHI, Text messaging

Text messaging in healthcare can be more than an administrative function and serve a greater purpose than being a new way to deliver appointment reminders to patients. Texting can nudge people to get on their feet and be more active, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart...


December 1, 2015  11:30 AM

Hospital fined $850,000 for ePHI breach

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
hhs, HIPAA, HIPAA data breach, OCR, OIG, PHI

A stolen laptop can be worth more than $800,000. At least that was the case with a laptop taken from Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. in 2011. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently ruled that Lahey -- based in Burlington, Mass. -- must


November 16, 2015  6:16 PM

Lawyer suggests strategies to avoid texting risks with PHI

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security, PHI, PHI encryption

Healthcare providers and their business associates are fast getting hip to the reality that it’s not OK to text protected health information (PHI). Not only does unsecure...


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