Security is Top Business Goal in Healthcare

Security is Top Business Goal in Healthcare

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently asked 100 CIOs about their perspectives on communications in healthcare, from business goals to technology changes to security. The survey revealed that strengthening data security is the top goal of 81% of healthcare organizations, ahead of increasing patient satisfaction […]

FTC Asserts Independent Authority Over HIPAA-Covered Entities

FTC Asserts Independent Authority Over HIPAA-Covered Entities

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have jointly released a guide on the importance of complying with both HIPAA and the FTC Act. The guide reminds healthcare organizations to comply with both regulations as investigations or fines for non-compliance are assessed independently […]

St. Joseph Home Care Network Confident of HIPAA Compliance with Absolute DDS

St. Joseph Home Care Network Confident of HIPAA Compliance with Absolute DDS

St. Joseph Home Care Network offers specialized services for in-home care delivered by multidisciplinary caregivers in home health, hospice, private duty and infusion pharmacy. With over 500 employees, St. Joseph’s was an early adopter of electronic medical records (EMR), accessing and inputting data to patient files on tablet devices […]

Healthcare Breaches Are About to Get Much More Costly

Healthcare Breaches Are About to Get Much More Costly

There are strong indications that the price tag associated with healthcare data breaches is about to go up significantly. While 90% of healthcare organizations have experienced a data breach in the past two years, there’s been a dramatic shift in litigation.

OCR Releases Guide for HIPAA and the Cloud

OCR Releases Guide for HIPAA and the Cloud

What is the goal when a breach report is investigated by the Office for Civil Rights? Jocelyn Samuels, Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has said that the intent is not limited to identifying the cause of the breach.

GAO Calls Out HIPAA As Inadequate

GAO Calls Out HIPAA As Inadequate

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on the state of electronic health information. Specifically, they addressed the ineffectiveness of current guidance to address security risks.

Healthcare Providers are Easy Targets for Hackers

Healthcare Providers are Easy Targets for Hackers

The vast majority of hospitals and of other healthcare providers say that security is a key business priority. However, healthcare breach numbers are climbing and the costs associated with these breaches are also trending up.

Office for Civil Rights Plans to Investigate Smaller Healthcare Breaches

Office for Civil Rights Plans to Investigate Smaller Healthcare Breaches

While big breaches grab all the headlines, smaller breaches can cause just as much trouble for those affected.