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What’s the Deal with Healthcare & Blockchains?

There’s a lot of talk as to who owns your medical identity, how electronic health records are handled, remediation of healthcare data breaches, etc, but the next big topic of discussion are blockchains. What are blockchains? Can healthcare data truly be secure with them? Imagine if all electronic medical records (EMRs) and other electronic health […]

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Ponemon Report on Patient Privacy and Data Security

The Ponemon Institute just released their 4th Annual Report on Patient Privacy and Data Security sponsored by ID Experts.  The report has some surprising and interesting findings as to the state of healthcare privacy and security: Employee negligence: 75 percent reported employee negligence as their biggest worry, and insider negligence was the root of most […]

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Healthcare Data Breach hits University of Mississippi Medical Center

Data Breach Watch has written extensively about the problems and risk associated with a university data breaches and the recent healthcare breach at U. of Miss Medical Center drives home the point.  Affecting patients who visited the hospital between 2008 and 2013, the university healthcare system informed an “unknown” number of patients that their medical […]

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How to address the fears of your patients after a healthcare data breach?

This “Data Breach Response – How To” article is part of our larger series by Heather Noonan.  So you want to tell your patients not to panic, everything will be fine, but how do you say that when you need to tell them that your hospital medical records system was hacked by an international hacking […]

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Data Security Hits the Mainstream Media

  After some high profile data breaches and the most recent HHS fine, mainstream media is now turning its attention to healthcare data breach and patient privacy.  The USA Today, the main’st of mainstream publications, just ran a Snapshot on the recent Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security. As evidenced in […]

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Key Points on the Ponemon Study on Patient Privacy

Richard Santalesa over at the InfoLawGroup has a great outline of the recent Ponemon report.  He lists several important findings and is a great synopsis if you don’t want to read the whole thing.  Here are some of his thoughts: The ability to prevent and detect data breaches has made strides, but is far from […]

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Newly Released Ponemon Report: Healthcare Data Breach on the Rise

It’s that time of year again, where we look back at 2012 and assess the damage.  Last week saw the release of the Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security by Ponemon Institute, sponsored by ID Experts.  The report has some interesting findings about the state of healthcare patient privacy and frequency […]

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EHR’s and Patient Privacy – The Ongoing Battle

EHR’s and Patient Privacy – The Ongoing Battle: “Does your dermatologist need access to your reproductive health history? Can you limit access to the psychiatric notes in your chart once they have been entered into your provider’s new electronic health record (EHR) system? It sounds absurd, but the adoption of EHRs and health information exchanges […]

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VA Computers Lack Encryption Years After Data Breach

In 2006 the VA experienced one of the largest data breaches ever when 26 million veterans records were stolen from an external hard drive.  After the event VA officials called for the installation of encryption software on all of VA’s hardware.  6 years later how are they doing? “In the report, which is dated Oct. […]

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Incident Response Planning – Finally Catching On?

Has the threat of an OCR audit finally made the healthcare industry turn the corner when it comes to patient privacy and security?  It may seem that way as we see a new focus on the importance of Risk Assessments and Incident Response Planning. “Lately we have seen a strong uptick in requests for incident […]

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