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Children’s Medical Center Issued $3.2M OCR HIPAA Penalty

Ouch! The part about this that really stings is this opening line "Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was recently given an OCR HIPAA civil money penalty due to ePHI disclosure and several years of HIPAA non-compliance, according to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) release." Several years of HIPAA non-compliance “OCR’s investigation [...]

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , , , , , |

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

The latest Black Book poll (Read it here) of healthcare PR clients showed that physician satisfaction and medico-legal problems are no longer the key concerns, and that 2017 will see a higher focus on technological and financial issues. This includes data breaches, system failures, hacking, ransomware, and a disrupted flow of financial records. Predictions for [...]

How long does it take to recover from a ransomware infection?

It Takes 33 Hours according to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne of 500 cybersecurity decision makers that was sponsored by SentinelOne. Here are some stats to chew on from the survey: 48% had been hit by at least one ransomware attack in the last 12 months The average victim was hit six times. 81% report that the [...]

November 21st, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, IT Budgeting, OCR, Security|Tags: , , , , , |

Healthcare attorneys call cybersecurity a growing concern

According to a survey undertaken by Bloomberg Law and the American Health Lawyers Association where both corporate attorneys and in-house counsel were polled, 97 percent of respondents believe they will experience an increased involvement in cases involving cybersecurity; 57 percent said it will be a significant increase. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed believe that cyberattacks are where [...]

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , , |

Ransomware top concern for health IT, security execs – is it yours?

Is security in your top 3 - 5 initiatives and concerns for your business as you enter 2017? If not, it should be - especially if you are in the Healthcare industry. As we continually point out here on our blog, the state of IT Security, and more importantly attention and awareness towards IT security, [...]

November 11th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, IT Budgeting, OCR, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ransomware attacks on med devices a real possibility

A report issued last year remains relevant today, especially on the heels of the recent attack on public internet DNS provider Dyn that effectively shut down 1/3 of the internet for a full day. This attack used personal home and business devices such as cameras and routers to perform a controlled, distributed and highly disruptive [...]

November 10th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , , |

Providers must be ‘defensive’ against ransomware

A recent blog post at FierceHealthcare outlined some notes from a panel discussion held at a conference co-hosted by the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. On this panel Ben Rossen, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, warned that [...]

November 9th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR, Security, Social Engineering|

HIPAA issues: A recurring nightmare for feds, industry stakeholders HIPAA issues

A great post from the folks at FierceHealthcare as a wrap up to the recent annual meeting on HIPAA and Cybersecurity outlines the challenges for everyone involved. Two pertinent paragraphs outlined talks from fed officials. These point to the future of audits and enforcement that covered entities and BAA's need to pay close attention to: [...]

November 8th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR, Security|

Move Beyond HIPAA 101 and More OCR Fines on the Way

Providers especially, and the industry as a whole, continue to struggle with HIPAA compliance. Much of it continues to be a box checking mentality that physicians and their administrators or CEO's have gotten into rather than a comprehensive understanding an a dedicated and thorough approach to compliance. We see it all the time. Our customers [...]

October 24th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , |

Yes, The HIPAA Technical Safeguards Can Work To Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards are become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. As a refresher, the technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the HIPAA Privacy Rule, are “the technology and the policy and procedures for its use [...]

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR|Tags: , , , , |