Privacy

The Home Office is to be challenged in court over claims NHS data-sharing violates patients human rights

The Home Office is facing a legalchallengeover claims NHS data-sharing violates patients right to privacy under the Human Rights Act. A memorandum of understanding published in January gave the Home Office access to confidential patient information to aid immigration enforcement. It was published without consultation with NHS staff, medical organisations or the public.

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So your hospital has been breached; Here’s what you must do now

Cybercriminals have been very successful in the healthcare industry, and as a result, theyre not going to stop attacking. Data breaches are inevitable. As good as healthcare CISOs get in protecting health data, hackers can be even craftier to break through the latest in cybersecurity technology and practices.So how should hospital infosec teams react when

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Protecting medical devices from malware attacks

In today’s interconnected environment, protecting healthcare IT systems against malware attacks seems to be an uphill task for infosec professionals. The recent spate of ransomware attacks (e.g., WannaCry) has made many infosec teams to be more aware of cybersecurity issues associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). But some IT experts see some obstacles preventing

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Navigating Encryption In A HIPAA World

How much would a HIPAA violation really cost? Recently, one healthcare provider paid a class action lawsuit settlement of $3 million for losing two laptops, each with over 1 million unencrypted patient records.With the amount of data breaches dramatically increasing, there have been many instances similar to this. Many providers find themselves falling short of

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Before You Hit Send Ensuring HIPAA Compliant Email Transmissions From Your Practice

Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA often keeps doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals up at night. Yet, since the healthcare profession requires an intense study and concentration, its no wonder that there is not a lot of mindshare devoted to learning the minutiae inside a dense rulebook filled with

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How a Medical Device Vulnerability Can Compromise Privacy

Medical device cybersecurity scrutiny usually focuses on potential patient safety issues. But vulnerabilities identified in a cardiac pacemaker programming device illustrate the risks also posed to patient data privacy, says Billy Rios, a researcher who discovered the problem.Vulnerabilities identified by Rios and his colleague, Jonathan Butts, last year while examining Boston Scientific cardiac pacemaker programming

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Medical Device Security: What Really Works?

A new collaborative effort aims to advance “evidence-based security” for medical devices through the sharing of best practices, says Dale Nordenberg, M.D., leader of the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security consortium.”We believe that 2017 is the year that we truly hit a tipping point where the majority of … healthcare delivery systems and leading

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IT Safety First Top Challenges Interoperability Poses To Data Security

As hospitals continue down the road to transitioning from fee-for-service to value-based care, it will become increasingly important for different health IT systems to communicate, exchange data and apply the information that has been exchanged. This is also known as interoperability, and it enables care teams to more effectively coordinate patient treatment. The benefits of

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As Telehealth Grows, So Do Privacy, Security Concerns

With telehealth on the cusp of rapid growth, healthcare entities must carefully assess and address critical privacy and security issues, says regulatory attorney Emily Wein.The use of telemedicine soon could get an additional boost from a variety of legislative proposals in Congress, including a Senate bill that would expand Medicare coverage for certain telehealth services.Patients

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