Healthcare

What is HIPAA Compliance and Why is it Important to Healthcare Security?
Josh Mayfield
What is HIPAA Compliance and Why is it Important to Healthcare Security?

If you are involved with the healthcare industry, you’ve probably heard of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Regulations and best practices surrounding HIPAA can be confusing, but it’s critical that anyone connected to the healthcare industry understand at least the basics. So we’re here to break things down for you. First, and perhaps most important, is to answer one of the most commonly asked questions: What...

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HIPAA Compliance Checklist for 2019
Josh Mayfield
HIPAA Compliance Checklist for 2019

HIPAA was adopted in 1996 and since then, Covered Entities (CEs) have been required to protect individuals’ personal health information or face hefty fines for non-compliance. The U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces HIPAA; the fines they have issued have grown exponentially in recent years. Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, paid a record $16 million in 2018 for a data...

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3 Lessons Learned from Healthcare Security Breaches
Josh Mayfield
3 Lessons Learned from Healthcare Security Breaches

While official numbers for 2018 haven’t yet been released, we know roughly 7 million healthcare records were involved in data breaches this past year. The reasons are tangled and varied, but we can find common themes that can help us learn how to prevent future data breaches. For starters, the two most common causes for reporting a data breach to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights...

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The Great Crunch: IT’s Role in Healthcare Consolidation
Josh Mayfield
The Great Crunch: IT’s Role in Healthcare Consolidation

I don’t possess the requisite wisdom and foresight of someone like Toby Cosgrove, MD and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, who predicts that by the year 2050, there will only be 50 healthcare providers in the United States. Still, when you scan the headlines, you can’t help but see a seemingly unending parade of mergers and acquisitions. Why? For starters, during the 1980s there was an explosion of group benefits...

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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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