How HITRUST Can Help You
Josh Mayfield
How HITRUST Can Help You

According to a new study conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of annual health data breaches increased 70% over the past seven years. That same study noted that 75% of the 132 million breached, lost, or stolen records were a result of a ‘hacking or IT incident.’ There’s no question healthcare organizations are under siege by...

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Adopt v. Comply: The Difference Between Frameworks and Regulations
Josh Mayfield
Adopt v. Comply: The Difference Between Frameworks and Regulations

Recent headlines would lead any rational person to conclude that topics like data security, data privacy, data breach, and ransomware would outrank seemingly solved problems, like compliance. But Google Analytics reveals that, in spite of the bleeding headlines, searches for IT compliance far outnumber the queries for more exciting noun phrases. The statistician, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has said, “Sometimes, statistical analysis is tricky. But other times, a finding just jumps...

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HIPAA Security Rule: Protecting Privacy and Improving Patient Care
Josh Mayfield
HIPAA Security Rule: Protecting Privacy and Improving Patient Care

In my previous post, we looked at the HIPAA Privacy Rule which mandates data protection of health information as a civil right. Boiling the rule down to its simplest form, HIPAA Privacy lays out what data requires protection and who is held accountable for keeping it confidential. However, it’s the HIPAA Security Rule that tells us how that data must be protected. Three Security Safeguard Categories The Security Rule...

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