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3 Important Ways Electronic Health Record Access Can Be Improved

3 Important Ways Electronic Health Record Access Can Be Improved

The use of online health records has risen by 24 percent. A study conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has revealed many informative and significant results related to the personal use of online medical records. Below is a summary of the most significant three:

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3 Vulnerable Areas Where Healthcare Security is Still Lacking

3 Vulnerable Areas Where Healthcare Security is Still Lacking

The multichannel nature of healthcare today has made it susceptible to both physical and virtual forms of attack. While cybersecurity is increasingly becoming a major concern for healthcare entities, there are many areas of weaknesses that have yet to be taken care of. They include:

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6 Legal Updates Affecting Healthcare Security in 2019/2020

6 Legal Updates Affecting Healthcare Security in 2019 2020

In recent months, a large number of states have sought to improve their healthcare security in various ways. Each of the following amendments and laws that have been passed tackles a different aspect of personal information protection including PHI and other sensitive data. But the list below is not only limited to the laws themselves, rather it includes any precedents that may have a significant effect on how healthcare is dealt with in the future.

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Healthcare Data Access Regulation: How Organizations are Encouraging Employee Error

Healthcare Data Access Regulation How Organizations are Encouraging Employee Error

Over the last few months, organizations have witnessed a whirlwind of new cyber attacks and breaches. Healthcare providers have long blamed most breaches on employee error and negligence, with various studies and reports revealing that the majority of healthcare breaches are a result of internal actors. And while this may be partially true, the fact remains that many organizations contribute to the problem themselves. Not through a lack of training or resources, but through a lack of proper data access regulation.

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Healthcare Data Security in the Age of Precision Medicine

Social Media A Direct Path to Better Customer Service

Pharmacogenomics, or the study of the human genome's response to drugs, originated in the late 1990s. It has continued to grow and culminated in what we call today precision medicine. Precision medicine includes the in-depth analysis of the genomic data and DNA sequencing files of an individual and his/her lineage for generations. This genetic information is used to select personalized treatment options.

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How Fax Machines Today Can Still Allow Cyber Attacks

How Fax Machines Today Can Still Allow Cyber Attacks

In August of 2018, a group of researchers at Check Point Research successfully breached a system of computers through a vulnerability in a Hewlett Packard printer and fax machine. The team sent a fax containing malware disguised as an image to the machine, which stored the document, and gave the researchers access to all the computers on the network.

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Hospitals Fail at HIPAA PHI Request Regulations

Hospitals Fail at HIPAA PHI Request Regulations

A recent Yale study revealed that a large number of American hospitals fail to provide patient records upon request. The research was based on simulated patients requesting medical records and was conducted in 83 of the best hospitals in the US, all of which have independent medical records request processes and medical records departments, reachable by phone.

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Upcoming 2019 Healthcare Security Events in the US

Upcoming 2019 Healthcare Security Events in the US

Cyber security is a growing concern for healthcare entities in the US. The fear of threats has encouraged healthcare providers to connect and collaborate to protect themselves and the data of their patients from attackers. The following healthcare security events are some great opportunities for collaboration on the issue:

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3 Reasons Why Any Organization Should Consider Becoming HIPAA Compliant

4 Issues Affecting Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Issues Affecting Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Over the past decade, cloud computing has quickly become a necessary transition for healthcare providers. In this technological era, things have become fast paced and an on-premises healthcare system will undoubtedly cause the industry to lag behind. According to the 2016 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey, 84 percent of participating healthcare organizations utilize cloud computing in one way or another. Its uses range from data backups and recovery, business functions such as organizational finance and human resources. However, cloud computing is affected by some negative aspects that can cause serious damage if they obstruct a healthcare entity's systems. This is mainly because emergency situations do not withstand additional pressure. Healthcare providers still have some reservations about the following:

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