7 05, 2019

$3 Million HIPAA Fine Underscores Importance of HIPAA Risk Assessment

2019-06-12T09:23:44-04:00May 7th, 2019|

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just levied a $3,000,000 HIPAA fine against Touchstone Medical Imaging. The HIPAA fine comes after a breach of the HIPAA Security Rule and HIPAA Breach Notification Rule that affected more than 300,000 patients. Touchstone is a diagnostic medical imaging company based in Franklin, Tennessee, providing services in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Florida, and Arkansas. In May [...]

6 05, 2019

How Advanced Cybersecurity and HIPAA Compliance Protects You

2019-05-06T16:42:21-04:00May 6th, 2019|

Cybersecurity has been an ongoing concern across the healthcare industry. Cyberattacks are not only negatively affecting businesses in healthcare, but also the privacy and security of patients’ data. Unfortunately, basic security tools are no longer making the cut. Now, healthcare organizations must turn to a new advanced solutions for the protection they need from increasingly advanced and more prevalent means of cyberattack. Organizations are not only finding themselves at [...]

2 05, 2019

Self-Insured HIPAA Violation? Data Breach Affects 9,300

2019-05-21T14:42:22-04:00May 2nd, 2019|

It’s not just healthcare providers that need to worry about HIPAA compliance. A recent incident demonstrates how self-insured companies are at just as much risk as doctors and medical practices when it comes to HIPAA regulations & violations. Klaussner Furniture Industries, Inc., a 55-year old privately owned furniture manufacturer based out of Asheboro, North Carolina experienced a hacking incident in early April. The company discovered an unauthorized user gained [...]

1 05, 2019

New OCR Guidance: HIPAA Compliant Apps and Health Information

2019-05-21T14:40:22-04:00May 1st, 2019|

In April of 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new series of guidance in the form of FAQs about HIPAA compliant apps, health information, and the disclosure of PHI. HIPAA guidance is routinely issued by OCR to clarify changes to enforcement or regulatory activity as a result of changes and trends in the health care industry. Oftentimes, this [...]

30 04, 2019

Is Slack HIPAA Compliant?

2019-05-14T16:33:02-04:00April 30th, 2019|

More and more businesses are joining Slack to improve their internal communications. But when it comes to health care organizations and their needs, the question becomes: is Slack HIPAA compliant? While Slack and messaging apps like it can make collaborating easier and more efficient, there are still many grey areas surrounding its use in healthcare and whether this platform is the right fit for maintaining data privacy and security [...]

26 04, 2019

NIST CSF and HIPAA Compliance: Health Care Providers at Risk

2019-04-26T15:40:44-04:00April 26th, 2019|

The sensitive health information maintained by health care organizations has grown to be a very attractive target for cyber attackers over the last few years. Health care organizations must ensure that they are addressing the full extent of their regulatory requirements when it comes to maintaining cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance. However, according to a recent study , many healthcare organizations are still not addressing their cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance [...]

24 04, 2019

New Random HIPAA Audits on the Horizon: CMS Compliance Review

2019-05-14T16:34:36-04:00April 24th, 2019|

HIPAA enforcement has been on the rise for the past few years, totaling over $70 million in fines since 2016 alone. And now, a new round of random HIPAA audits is on the horizon. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division of National Standards, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is instituting a CMS Compliance Review Program of random HIPAA audits [...]

22 04, 2019

Data Breaches on the Rise

2019-04-24T17:21:18-04:00April 22nd, 2019|

The Breach Barometer Report by Protenus for 2019 has been published, analyzing healthcare data breaches in 2018. The report exposed a major increase in healthcare data breaches last year. Protenus used information gathered from Databreaches.net to conduct their investigation. The site tracks all data breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as well as breaches reported in the media. Although [...]

21 04, 2019

Is Alexa HIPAA compliant?

2019-06-21T15:25:43-04:00April 21st, 2019|

Virtual assistants can be extremely useful in the healthcare industry, streamlining daily processes. Amazon’s Alexa is breaking into the healthcare sector by offering six new HIPAA compliant healthcare skills. However, as of now, it is an invite-only program, with six large organizations participating as partners to offer the new healthcare skills. It is important to note that the HIPAA Privacy Rule, safeguarding protected health information (PHI), established standards [...]

18 04, 2019

Toyota Data Breach Affects Millions

2019-05-01T15:01:07-04:00April 18th, 2019|

Recently, Toyota experienced a large-scale data breach affecting the personal information of many of its customers in the Asia-Pacific region private. There have been several Toyota data breaches across the region including in Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. The largest of which was in Japan, which is thought to have affected 3.1 million customers. The cyber attack was widespread, occurring at eight separate locations across Tokyo. Although Toyota had [...]