April 27, 2015

Effective Cybersecurity: 8 Questions for you and your team

Cybersecurity has become a top-tier risk for US and multinational organizations. It is only a matter of time before a determined hacker will penetrate your organization’s system and successfully exfiltrate some data. (Indeed, this has most likely already happened, even if you are told it has not.) As Cisco CEO John Chambers recently predicted, the volume of cyberattacks, and ultimately, the number of successful penetrations, is likely to increase exponentially. Attackers innovate rapidly at little expense, harnessing sophisticated cyberweapons, sharing techniques and “renting access” to corporate networks to less sophisticated cybercriminals. Hackers typically operate beyond the reach of developed world […]
April 24, 2015

Compliance Mindset Can Lead to Epic Security Fail

Although compliance rules are supposed to set minimum standards for protecting data, many companies treat them as maximum benchmarks. “Cases like Premera and thousands of others are proof that if you follow compliance — the checkbox approach to security — it doesn’t mean you’re more secure,” said Torsten George, vice president for marketing at Agiliance. By John P. Mello Jr. April 30, 2015 The recent data breach at Premera Blue Cross — in which the personal information of some 11 million customers was compromised — raises questions about how effective government regulators are at ensuring that healthcare providers adequately protect […]
April 20, 2015
Are You Trying To Prevent Medical Identity Theft?
Jill Brooks MD Director Of Education at First Healthcare Compliance Medical identity theft continues to be major problem in the US with approximately 2.32 million adults or close family members falling victim in 2014. According to the Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft by the Ponemon Institute, medical identity theft is on the rise with a 21.7% increase since last year.  Source: Ponemon Institute Feb 2015 Some attribute this rise to the use of Electronic Health Records while others focus more concern on insecure websites, data bases and health information exchanges as a result of the Affordable Care Act. […]
April 19, 2015

3 Reasons You Might Fail a Meaningful Use Audit

Since 2011, CMS has disbursed nearly $20 Billion under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, to nearly half a million eligible professionals. That’s encouraging news, but there’s another side to the picture: Expert analysis of CMS data shows that as of September 2014, about 21 percent of eligible professionals audited before they received federal incentive payments failed to meet meaningful use standards or use a certified EHR. Almost a quarter of eligible professionals failed to meet meaningful use standards for post-payment audits, compared to just about five percent of an admittedly smaller number of eligible hospitals. […]
April 17, 2015

Digital health records are not safe, report on breaches shows

More than 29 million medical records were affected in large data breaches between 2010 and 2013, study reveals ‘The personal information (PHI) of patients in the United States is not safe, and it needs to be,’ experts say Electronic health records were supposed to make life better for patients and doctors — getting rid of bulky and messy paper files, streamlining delivery of care and organizing medical information so that scientists can use it to make discoveries. The personal information of patients in the United States is not safe, and it needs to be – physician Dr. David Blumenthal and […]