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May 21, 2015

Preventing Email Breaches, Why Workforce Training Isn’t Enough

By Information Security Media Group, May 21, 2015. Geoffrey Bibby While it’s critical for healthcare organizations to provide data security and privacy training to users, they also should consider implementing technology to help prevent user mistakes that can lead to breaches of protected health information, says Geoffrey Bibby of ZixCorp. “It’s obviously important to continue to remain vigilant and disciplined in offering security awareness training, and making staff aware of the fact that you just really shouldn’t ever be putting PHI in an unsecured communication channel like email or texting,” Bibby says in an interview with Information Security Media Group […]
May 21, 2015

Cyberattackers swipe data of 1.1M at CareFirst

It took a health insurance company almost a year to notify some 1.1 million of its members that their personal data had been swiped by hackers. What’s more, the cyberattack wasn’t even detected in-house. The Baltimore, Md.-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield health plan announced the cyberattack May 20, despite the attack occurring back in June 2014. According to a company news release, the cyberattack compromised the names, dates of birth, email addresses, member ID numbers and user names of 1.1 million members. The cyberattack went undetected by the health plan itself. Rather, as CareFirst Chief Executive Officer Chet Burrell described in […]
May 13, 2015

Apps for Electronic Health Records a New Frontier for Developers, VCs

When the U.S. government told health-care providers to move their patient health records from paper files into a digital format, companies including Cerner Corp.CERN +0.09%, Epic Systems Corp. and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.MDRX +0.50% saw a major uptick in business for their electronic health record services. But now the government, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is pressing these companies to make these record-systems open and interoperable with one another, in order to provide the most benefit to patients. Companies such as Allscripts, Cerner and Epic are in the process of opening their programming interfaces to outside developers, something that […]
May 13, 2015

Fast Times at Health IT High

By Matt Fisher, Esq Twitter: @matt_r_fisher Health information technology or HealthIT is in the healthcare spotlight, but remains a constantly changing field. One of the primary initiatives shining the brightest spotlight on HealthIt is the Meaningful Use program. At this point, many know that Meaningful Use provides federal incentive money for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals to adopt and implement electronic health records (“EHR”) with the promise of funding if certain core objectives can be met in conjunction with use of the EHR. While Meaningful Use has clearly driven a widespread adoption of EHRs by hospitals, physician groups and others […]
May 13, 2015

Leaking Breaches Everywhere

Morgan & Morgan, a personal injury law firm, has compiled data that shows 930 million records have been breached since 2005. In 2010, if you received a notification of a data breach, your chances of becoming a victim of fraud were one in nine. By 2012, those odds had shrunk to one in four. Now, in 2014, it’s one in three. Here is a Breakdown by state and sector of the data breaches in the past 10 years       Data breaches by state Court Ventures, with 200 million records, pushes California to the top of the state rankings […]