The Culprits behind Health Data Breaches

Since September 2009, the federal tally of major health breaches has grown significantly to a total of 1,074 incidents affecting 33.7 million individuals. In the last month alone, 30 incidents were added to the list. These incidents clearly reflect the wide range of risks that healthcare organizations have to battle with. Out of the recent…

Is Your Patient Data Secure? You Can Ensure That It Is – With These Tips for Successful ‘Meaningful Use’ Security Risk Analysis

The lesson to be learned from recent audits – security risk analysis is imperative for all health care enterprises. And this is a measure that cannot be taken lightly! The responsibility of protecting confidential patient data rests with healthcare enterprises and not EHR vendors. That is all the more reason why no organization can afford…

Health Data – A Goldmine for Hackers

Health records are increasingly becoming the target of hackers worldwide. This disturbing trend has been observed through multiple incidents in the recent past, including the server breach at the Utah Department of Health two years ago, which impacted 780,000 individuals, and the incident at Montana Health Department last month, when the server was breached, impacting…

Intelligent Vendor Management Programs – Vital to Ward off Breaches

No organization can afford to take the risk of inadequate data protection, particularly when it is business associates dealing with sensitive patient information. Under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, business associates of covered entities are directly liable for HIPAA compliance. However in reality, although healthcare organizations enter into comprehensive business associate agreements, many fail to hold…