March 28, 2016

How Safe Is Your Data?

Overview Your data might not be as safe as you think it is – and it could cost you dearly. Part of the threat comes, unwittingly, from your employees – and possibly even yourself. A significant proportion of cyber breaches – as many as 30 percent –­ are caused by “negligence or mistakes,” caused by individuals failing to act responsibly or follow procedure. Two decades after the launch of the web, digital has become so ingrained in our lives that it’s easy to assume that you know the best security practices to keep you and your organization safe from a […]
March 14, 2016

The Cost of a Data Breach

IT leaders today are reinventing their infrastructure to support a mobile workforce and a complex array of connected devices. Against this backdrop of mobility and connectivity, Healthcare IT is tasked with meeting compliance challenges in an intricate and transformational regulatory environment. With a host of new data protection regulations and increasingly high settlement fees for data breaches, data security has never been more important to Healthcare organizations. HEALTHCARE DATA ATTRACTS CYBERCRIMINALS Traditionally financial data was perceived to be the most likely target of cybercrime. This perception is changing as new Healthcare data breaches make the national headlines every month. This makes sense when you consider that you can’t simply cancel your Healthcare information […]
March 14, 2016

HIPAA Violations Incur Multi-Million Dollar Penalties

Have you noticed how many expensive Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations have been making the news recently? In February, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) imposed its largest civil penalty to date – a $4.3 million civil penalty against Cignet Health for violations of HIPAA’s Privacy Rule. In July, 2012, the Minnesota Attorney General reached a $2.5 million settlement with Accretive Health, one of the United States’ largest collectors of medical debt, for the loss of a laptop containing personal health information (PHI) of approximately 23,500 patients from two hospitals that were customers of Accretive. A condition of […]
August 28, 2015

Get ready: Breaches and HIPAA fines are increasing

by Julian Lopez Prepare for a perfect storm — data breaches are on the rise and so are the costs of HIPAA violations.  Last year put cybersecurity and compliance on the minds of providers across the country with some of the highest financial penalties to-date for violating HIPAA. And so far, 2015 is proving hospital leaders are right to be worried about potential data breaches after two major health insurance carriers were hacked, resulting in the two biggest data breaches in the history of health care. Now, new research is confirming data breaches are becoming more frequent. And an insider at the Office for Civil […]
August 20, 2015

August 2015 Newsletter: CMS/OCR Audits – Are you prepared?

AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear , For as long as each of us have been involved in the healthcare industry and especially for those of us to recall the roll-out of HIPAA regulations in the 90’s the threat of audits and penalties has been an ongoing debate. “Will they audit?” “Who will they audit?” Finally “What are they going to do to my practice if I fail or refuse to comply, put me out of business?” The execution of the HITECH Program Stages 1 and 2 since 2012 have started to answer those questions. CMS and OCR have audited […]