26 03, 2019

Looking to Create a HIPAA Compliant App? Follow these steps!

2019-04-05T15:45:43-04:00March 26th, 2019|

As technology continues to develop, health care organizations are making the necessary advancements in their business to keep up. And the current demand for the development of new healthcare mobile apps and software systems is no exception. However, in the development of health care apps, it is essential for developers looking to make an app to have a thorough understanding of HIPAA compliance. Creating a HIPAA compliant app is [...]

25 03, 2019

Healthcare Vendor Triggers Ransomware Data Breach Affecting 600k

2019-03-25T14:52:57-04:00March 25th, 2019|

Ransomware healthcare data breaches continue to make headlines. Michigan officials have now stated that Wolverine Solutions Group, a Detroit-based billing service, experienced a ransomware healthcare data breach in Fall of 2018 that impacted more than 600,000 individuals. This incident emphasizes the heightened risk that healthcare organizations face when it comes to ransomware. Organizations are also facing an increasingly difficult time determining how to respond and report ransomware attacks in [...]

21 03, 2019

HIPAA Physical Security is Just as Important as Cyber-Security

2019-03-26T10:09:58-04:00March 21st, 2019|

There are many misconceptions when it comes to HIPAA and security controls for covered entities. While security is related to technical measures such as encryption, firewalls, and security risk assessments, it also addresses physical and administrative safeguards that must be in place to protect patient information. In order to comply with HIPAA regulation, healthcare organizations must address each standard and safeguard outlined in the HIPAA Security Rule. The Department [...]

20 03, 2019

Avoiding Cybersecurity Disaster: Lessons from the Top Security Breaches

2019-03-20T10:25:28-04:00March 20th, 2019|

Throughout the world, the frequency of cyber attacks is on the rise, with the US featuring as the largest victim. Typically, small- and mid-size businesses are at the receiving end of cyber attacks and data breaches. In 2018, there were various frightening cybersecurity breaches at important organizations, which compromised sensitive information and data of the users and the business. Let’s take a look at cybersecurity disaster prevention methods, 4 [...]

19 03, 2019

Guess What? MSPs Need to be HIPAA Compliant Too.

2019-03-20T15:40:01-04:00March 19th, 2019|

As an MSP, you know the importance of data security. HIPAA regulation has become an essential part of maintaining that security in today’s health care market. Some of your customers may be healthcare providers, clearinghouses, or businesses that deal with electronic protected health information (ePHI) and therefore, are concerned about their HIPAA compliance. HIPAA, or The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was first enacted in 1996. It sets [...]

16 03, 2019

Missouri Email Data Breach Affects Thousands

2019-03-16T11:16:39-04:00March 16th, 2019|

Cybersecurity threats are continuing to impact how healthcare organizations operate on a daily basis. Choice Rehabilitation of Creve Coeur, MO, recently experienced this when an unauthorized individual hacked into a corporate email account of one of its employees. The hacker began his email data breach on July 1, 2018 to a personal email account using a mail forwarder and it remained active until September 30, 2018. After analyzing the [...]

15 03, 2019

5 Common HIPAA Privacy Gaps (And How to Avoid Them)

2019-03-27T11:59:39-04:00March 15th, 2019|

Although HIPAA is known to all healthcare organizations as well as most patients, implementing HIPAA requirements is often easier said than done. The HIPAA Privacy Rule contains more than 50 standards and implementation specifications, all of which must be implemented by a covered entity, with few exceptions. But with so many standards, many organizations face challenges. Many of these challenges are similar and consistent among organizations, despite healthcare [...]

14 03, 2019

3 Tips to Improve HIPAA Employee Monitoring: Guidelines for Employers

2019-03-14T16:52:07-04:00March 14th, 2019|

The healthcare industry has embraced some of the many changes to health care technology. But the benefits of convenience and quality care have been paired alongside growing threats to data privacy and security. Healthcare providers are regularly handling patients’ sensitive health information, and as the industry continues to advance its technology, the data becomes more vulnerable to theft or breach. HIPAA employee monitoring is an important feature of an [...]

11 03, 2019

Aetna Pays $935,000 Fine for California HIV Status Breach

2019-03-11T16:32:11-04:00March 11th, 2019|

Aetna, a Connecticut-based health insurer, has agreed to pay the California Attorney General $935,000 to resolve a 2017 privacy breach that exposed state residents’ HIV status. California HIPAA violations have been increasingly prosecuted on a state-level resulting in Attorney General fines over the past few years, and this is just the most recent example. The breach occurred on July 28, 2017, when Aetna’s mailing vendor sent letters to members [...]

8 03, 2019

New Bill Seeks to Expand California Data Breach Notification Law

2019-03-11T13:06:57-04:00March 8th, 2019|

Another California data breach has lead state lawmakers to introduce additional laws in regards to HIPAA. California has already introduced some of the toughest data breach notification laws in the United States, and these may soon become even tougher after the new bill is signed into effect. If a California data breach occurs, state law requires that data breach notifications to be issued to consumers. This includes any breach [...]