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New Ways to Combat Healthcare Data Breaches

Healthcare Data Breaches

Do you feel uneasy writing out all of your personal information in a hospital waiting room? You are not alone and your worry is not without reason. Data breaches are becoming more and more frequent, and identity theft has become a sustainable business that will not be eradicated at any time in the near future.

In Giva's recent article, "Healthcare Data Breaches on the Rise: Implications and Solutions" published by Becker's Health IT & CIO Review, a new solution is proposed in a way which renders the data "valueless" to hackers. The article explains a new system that, once implemented fully, would provide aliases for each patient so that hospitals and healthcare workers can focus on their already-challenging jobs instead of worrying about also protecting vast amounts of Protected Health Information (PHI).

University Hacking: What Can We Learn?

University Hacking

In June 2016, a Canadian university found itself the victim of a ransomware attack. The malware encrypted all of the school's files as well as their email system, affecting professors, students, and administration. As a result of the widespread and urgent need to access the school's files and email system, the University paid the bitcoin ransom of $20,000 in exchange for the decryption keys in order to gain access once again.

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3 Tips to Prepare for 2016 HIPAA Audits

HIPAA Audits

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) first began conducting HIPAA audits in 2014 and is continuing with phase two this year. The purpose of these audits is to ensure the protection of each individual's personal information. The second phase examines decryption and encryption, facility access controls, and additional high risk areas that have yet to be specified. If your company is being audited, it will receive an audit notification letter from the OCR and should plan for an estimated 30 to 90 day procedure.

With this knowledge, your company can begin to prepare for the assessments to make certain that you are ready.

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Improving Information Security with IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

ITIL & Information Security & Protection

If your company is bewildered with the relationship between the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and security, you are not alone. Protecting any information is a daunting task, but ITIL can help to bring you to the finish line.

Giva's article, How can IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) improve information security?, recently published by betanews.com, elucidates why ITIL is a very effective way to cork any security holes, and details which specific processes are the best for the task.

Healthcare Cloud Security & Transparency Best Practices

Healthcare Cloud Security Best Practices

As of late, the healthcare industry has become the target to hackers trying to steal patients' private information such as social security numbers and health records. Now more than ever, healthcare organizations must do all they can to keep patient information secure. Using software in the cloud can provide many benefits, but with the sensitivity of healthcare records, organizations might be hesitant to move to the cloud. However, cloud software companies are rising to this challenge, making switching to using the cloud for health IT a more viable option.

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Is Your Company a HIPAA Business Associate?

HIPAA Covered Entities & Business Associates

HIPAA laws concerning the privacy and security of health information are quite strict. Currently, business associates of HIPAA covered entities must also be HIPAA-compliant. Most businesses are aware whether or not their company is a HIPAA covered entity or not, but what about a HIPAA business associate? If you signed a HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA), defined here, then you are definitely a business associate. The following are some of the instances where there might be some questions:

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Healthcare & HIPAA Data Breaches

Healthcare & HIPAA Data Breaches

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996. Coming up on twenty years later, HIPAA is not a new concept, but there are some ongoing issues. In 2009, HIPAA was joined by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). This additional legislature brought changes to how HIPAA is enforced and the penalties that HIPAA non-compliance incurs. The Department of Health and Human Services has an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) that is responsible for enforcing HIPAA. Non-compliance with HIPAA is most evident after a data breach. Healthcare systems that suffer a data breach are investigated by OCR and fined large amounts of money for HIPAA violations. Let us examine healthcare and HIPAA data breaches and what they mean for the businesses that experience them.

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Pros, Cons & Reminders When Upgrading Your Operating System

Operating System Technology Update

The operating system (OS) in your device is as vital to it as your blood is to you. Without an OS, any device is essentially just a shell. Every new device that you buy comes with an OS, usually the latest version from the manufacturer you have selected. When you get the device, you get the OS. That is the good news. The question marks start appearing at the same time as the little pop-up window in the corner of your screen that tells you it is time to upgrade your OS. Here are some of the pros and cons of moving to the latest version of your OS.

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HIPAA Protects More Than Healthcare

HIPAA Security & Data Protection

Worried about protecting the information with which customers trust your company? Afraid that a data breach is inevitable if your company transitions to a cloud-based system? With the stringent requirements in healthcare IT, some cloud providers are HIPAA compliant. But, this can not only be good for healthcare IT systems, but any company can benefit from these extra levels of security compliance.

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Top 5 Issues Facing Hospital CIOs Today

Technology Challenges for Healthcare/Hospital CIOs

Technology, such as cloud computing, is becoming increasingly attractive in the healthcare management industry. Hospital CIOs, however, now face the difficult task of optimizing new technology while still maintaining the healthcare industry's ethical standards. Here are the top five challenges faced by Hospital CIOs in implementing new technology:

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