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DHS: KRACK vulnerability puts every Wi-Fi connection at risk

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Privacy & Security News “A Belgian researcher discovered a flaw in the protocol that could allow a hacker to hijack connections, launch man-in-the-middle attacks, view communications and decrypt traffic on all Wi-Fi-enabled devices. KRACK could be most devastating to IoT devices — especially in the healthcare sector — as many vendors and healthcare organizations fail to make timely patches. Healthcare IT leaders can visit the US-CERT advisory site for a list of products and available updates to patch the flaw.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social […]
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Slow breach detection, patching, operational snags handcuff healthcare security

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Healthcare IT News – Privacy & Security “When it comes to healthcare security, security experts would rank the industry in the middle or toward the lower end of the pack, according to a panel of security leaders at the Healthcare Security Forum. That’s because it’s still taking many healthcare organizations far too long to discover a breach — much longer than in other sectors.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Connected medical devices put healthcare at risk for sophisticated malware attacks

Healthcare is turning a corner on cybersecurity, new HIMSS research shows

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Healthcare IT News – Privacy & Security “The sector is now making security a top priority, hiring CISOs, undertaking threat management and penetration testing, all more than ever. Despite the consensus that healthcare is widely underprepared for protecting patient data, more and more hospitals are making cybersecurity a significant clinical and business necessity than in the past.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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The CMIO role will evolve as health systems’ needs change

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HealthcareDive – Feature “These days, chief medical information officers tackle a lot more than just EHR implementation. Initially brought on to help implement EHRs, CMIOs are increasingly involved in a range of activities, from privacy and cybersecurity to patient outcomes, population health management process improvement, compliance and more.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Who’s responsible for protecting patient data in the cloud?

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Cybersecurity experts lay out the facts, and misperceptions, about securing data in the cloud. The answer is not so simple. “Cloud computing is still fairly new to healthcare and, as such, confusion and a few myths surround the technology. And many of those skewed perceptions are driven by simple misunderstandings, most notably about information security.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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The rise and risk of IoT in healthcare

The rise and risk of IoT in healthcare

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Carson Sweet, co-founder and CTO at CloudPassage, argues why we cannot lose sight of compliance and security measures as IoT plays an increasing role in the healthcare sector Technology in the healthcare industry has evolved rapidly in recent decades, particularly with the advent of the Internet of Things. Currently, healthcare IoT offers the benefit of significantly increased situational awareness surrounding patient and hospital operations. However, this technology also introduces new and unfamiliar cybersecurity risks with enormous consequences to human life. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on […]
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How Do HIPAA Regulations Apply to Wearable Devices?

How Do HIPAA Regulations Apply to Wearable Devices?

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HIPAA regulations are something that every healthcare organization should be prepared for, but what does HIPAA have to do with wearable devices? “Both covered entities and business associates should be well-aware of the OCR HIPAA audit program, especially as Phase 2 has been underway for several months now. However, as technology continues to evolve, there are also several areas that could bring confusion to healthcare organizations.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Securing data integrity at the ‘front door’ of care delivery

Securing data integrity at the “front door” of care delivery

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Although most of the health industry has moved records and administrative processes from paper to digital, human error remains a costly issue. People make errors. Generally speaking, this fact is collectively understood, and we make concessions when necessary, working to repair and correct when possible. However, in the health industry, human errors become more costly than the norm, ultimately impacting the well being of patients, even to the point of death. In fact, a recent study released by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that medical errors are the […]
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Expanding Beyond HIPAA Audit Prep for Information Governance

Expanding Beyond HIPAA Audit Prep for Information Governance

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The recent AHIMA toolkit focusing on HIPAA audit preparation is a key tool for organizations, but it is just the beginning for strong data security. “AHIMA’s IT service line is made up of all of the aspects of privacy and security, making sure it has information protection in healthcare all the way up through an enterprise level on records,” Downing said. “It also works on advancing the records management processes into more of an information governance type view, which certainly encompasses your privacy and security.” Read the full article. Check out […]
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MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

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MGMA made suggestions to improve various aspects of the healthcare industry that benefit medical groups participating in MACRA implementation. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services. In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, MGMA made suggestions regarding topics including administrative simplification, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), alternative payment models (APMs), EHR certification, and the Stark Physician Self-Referral Law.  Read the full article. Check out this article and more […]
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