Tag: HIPAA compliant data centers

The Dept. of Health & Human Services has a HIPAA security guide outlining their recommendations for securing ePHI (electronic protected health information) on mobile devices, including remote access. The HHS covers ePHI in a variety of instances ranging from accessing, storing and transmitting data. Their format presents a potential risk, then the technical, administrative or physical security recommendation to prevent said risk. Below I’ve summarized their guide to highlight some of the top pointers along with some additional technical info: …

Mitigating EHR Downtime

Posted on September 11, 2013 by

A recent EHR outage affecting numerous medical facilities, physician offices and clinics was a result of an issue with the software that managed user access to the EHR, provided by Epic Systems. After a planned upgrade took the system down for eight hours, a few days later, the EHR system went down for about a day. After applying a software patch that evening, their IT team was able to resolve the issue and restore user access. While the California Nurses …

The Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit public policy organization, has recognized cloud computing as a viable solution for data use – from email and document storage to specialized enterprise services such as CRM software and full servers. They acknowledge the healthcare industry’s general uncertainty about cloud security, but in response, state that “there is nothing inherently dangerous about cloud computing…healthcare organizations should be able to benefit as much as other sectors have from cloud computing.” Relevance: the ONC …

The deadline draws near – September 23, 2013 marks the date of when both business associates (now including cloud service providers) and covered entities must meet the HIPAA Omnibus rule, released in January to update the 15-year-old law. A refresh is needed particularly to meet advancing technology and the push to electronic health record systems (EHRs) to streamline patient care and increase the healthcare industry’s efficiency in hopes to reduce healthcare costs. The cloud is a big player in this …

EMR: A three-letter acronym that evokes four-letter word-style reaction from many in the healthcare industry. But there’s no need for soap in the mouth, says Sandy Vosk and Steven Caruso. In fact, the chief operating officer and president of ImageDoc USA, respectively, will discuss how a transition to electronic medical records (EMR) can improve profitability and efficiency while reducing risk during Online Tech’s next ‘Tuesday at 2’ webinar. The HITECH Act of 2009 has created unprecedented demand for EMR systems. …

Nearly one in five healthcare CIOs have had a security breach within the past 12 months, according to statistics compiled by McKesson in Understanding Your CIO. Their top infrastructure IT focus is on systems that secure personal health information (22 percent), followed by servers/virtual servers (18 percent) and a focus on mobile devices (16 percent). CIOs consider the lack of staffing resources as the most significant barrier to implementing IT systems, and more than 50 percent say they expect an …

While no records were broken when it comes to number of health records disclosed per data breach, the top HIPAA breaches of last year still come with some hard lessons learned about technical and physical security. Learn from their mistakes and protect your healthcare organization from suffering the same fate: Who: Crescent Healthcare, a Walgreens company that manages and delivers pharmacy and nursing solutions in alternate site settings. What: Last December, someone broke into Crescent’s billing center and stole a …

Last year, Michigan saw widespread health system mergers, with a focus on the need to deliver integrated care. Part of the change may come from a shift in how healthcare is sold, meaning a switch from the traditional fee-for-service model toward a bundled payment model has driven independent hospitals and systems toward consolidation, as noted by McGuireWoods.com. Trinity Health and Catholic Health East (CHE) signed a merger in October with an agreement to be final in Spring 2013, resulting in …

A recent study released in December 2012 by the Ponemon Institute, the Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security, reveals an inside look at the growing data breaches in the healthcare industry. Recurring data breaches are increasing among respondents, with 45 percent reporting more than five incidents in the last two years (an increase from 29 percent in 2010). Ninety-four percent of all respondents had at least one data breach in the past two years. The figure …

Here’s a review of the top 2012 data breaches within both the PCI and HIPAA compliant industries, and a quick analysis of what went wrong so you can easily learn from their lessons without accruing the associated costs and legalities. 3.8 Million Tax Records Stolen in Largest State Agency Attack Both Social Security and credit card numbers were stolen from the South Carolina Department of Revenue by hackers in August. A phishing email enabled hackers to steal credentials from users …

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