Is MyFax HIPAA Compliant?

MyFax offers internet fax solutions, allowing users to send faxes online, by email, or from their phones. There are many benefits to using services such as MyFax rather than using traditional faxes, mainly privacy and security. However, as a business working in healthcare, you must consider whether or not a service is HIPAA compliant before choosing which electronic fax provider to use. So, is MyFax HIPAA [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:51-04:00October 29th, 2021|

Health Data Security Compromised by Third-party Apps

A new report published by Approov uncovered major cybersecurity flaws in third-party health apps that populate patient data from electronic health record systems. Through research conducted by cybersecurity analyst Alissa Knight, it was found that the health data security of many of these apps are flawed, putting the patients that use them at risk. Report Uncovers Major Vulnerabilities The Fast Healthcare Interoperability [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:52-04:00October 20th, 2021|

ePHI Security Emphasized in HHS Summer Newsletter

Although the HHS has long stressed the importance of ePHI security, with the influx of healthcare breaches, it is clear that many organizations have not heeded the warning. With an increase in breaches across all industries, cybersecurity has become the focus of many government agencies including the HHS. Earlier this month the HHS published its “Summer 2021 Cybersecurity Newsletter” further emphasizing the importance of information access [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:10-04:00July 30th, 2021|

EHR Breach Affects 219K Patients

In September, Nebraska Medicine reported that it had suffered a cyberattack targeting its electronic health records (EHR) system. More details on this healthcare cyber attack and EHR data breach are discussed.  Nebraska Medicine EHR Breach On September 20, 2020, Nebraska Medicine discovered that its networks and servers had been compromised when patient files were unable to be accessed. It quickly became evident that [...]

2022-05-06T14:44:07-04:00February 17th, 2021|

Remote Workers and HIPAA: How You Can Keep Your Healthcare Business Secure

With more and more remote workers in the healthcare space, PHI security should be a top concern. A recent survey determined that 44% of employees are currently working from home, with several employers expecting workers to continue to work remotely permanently. So what does this mean for cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance? To provide healthcare organizations with guidance, remote workers and HIPAA is discussed. Remote Workers and HIPAA: Data [...]

2021-02-03T16:09:45-05:00February 1st, 2021|

640k Patients Affected By Hendrick Health Breach

On January 15, Hendrick Health System began notifying 640,436 patients of a cybersecurity threat that compromised their data. More details on the incident are discussed below. What Caused the Hendrick Health Breach? On November 20 Hendrick Health System discovered that they had suffered a cyberattack that potentially compromised protected health information (PHI). Upon discovery, Hendrick Health system notified law enforcement of the incident, and launched an investigation. [...]

2022-05-06T14:44:09-04:00January 25th, 2021|

Medical Device Cybersecurity Issues Found in GE Devices

A new cybersecurity flaw in GE imaging and ultrasound devices was discovered by CyberMDX. The flaw potentially allows unauthorized individuals remote access to the devices. More details on the medical device cybersecurity issues are discussed. GE Medical Device Cybersecurity The GE medical device cybersecurity vulnerability, deemed “MDhex-Ray,” was announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) early this month. MDhex-Ray potentially affects [...]

2020-12-30T12:02:53-05:00December 14th, 2020|

Hackers Demand Ransom from Patients After Healthcare Provider Refuses to Pay

Hackers demand ransom from patients after a hacked Finnish healthcare provider declined to pay the ransom for the return of patient files. More details are discussed. What Caused Hackers to Demand Ransom From Patients Vastaamo, a Finnish organization that serves 40,000 patients with 22 locations across Finland, was targeted by hackers. Through the ransomware attack, hackers were able to access the psychotherapy [...]

2022-05-06T14:04:10-04:00November 6th, 2020|

Attorney General HIPAA Settlement Reached For Improper Disposal of ePHI

The Wakefern Food Corp., and two of its ShopRite supermarkets, have reached an Attorney General HIPAA settlement with the state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. But what led to the Attorney General HIPAA settlement? More details are discussed below. Attorney General HIPAA Settlement for HIPAA Violations In 2016, Wakefern replaced devices in the pharmacies of two [...]

2022-02-16T10:44:35-05:00November 5th, 2020|

Cybersecurity Challenges of Working Remotely

As working remotely has become the new normal, businesses need to adjust their cybersecurity practices to account for the unique issues remote work poses to security. A recently released report from the Ponemon Institute uncovered the cybersecurity challenges of working remotely, and provided tips for increasing security in a remote environment. The results of the study, as well as tips to increase cybersecurity are discussed. Cybersecurity Challenges of [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:17-04:00October 28th, 2020|