7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks
In April 2021, Colonial Pipeline, representing critical regional gas supply and fuel infrastructure, was severely disrupted by a ransomware attack. The company's billing and business infrastructure were targeted, resulting in a $4.4 million dollar ransom payment in bitcoin. The ripple effects of the attack caused panic buying and gas shortages in many states along the East Coast of the United States, not to mention dangerous chaos among residents. This all may have been avoided if the firm had adequate or stronger cybersecurity measures in place. This example, among many others, serves as a reminder that no one organization or person is safe from a potential cyber-attack. Oftentimes the best defense is being well-prepared for the inevitable.
What is a HIPAA Incidental Disclosure in Healthcare?
Sometimes, information not intended to be public knowledge is inadvertently shared with others. Just as easily as it can happen in a casual conversation with a friend, it can also happen in the workplace. So, what is an incidental disclosure? The incidental disclosure definition, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a, "disclosure that cannot reasonably be prevented, is limited in nature, and that occurs as a result of another use or disclosure that is permitted by the Rule." What happens when there is an incidental disclosure in a healthcare setting? There is not a clear-cut answer. It simply depends on the magnitude of the situation. In general, healthcare settings are fluid environments. That means that a patient overhearing another patient's diagnosis or a visitor catching a glimpse of a screen with some personal health information (PHI) is not common grounds to facilitate a HIPAA violation.
HHS Launches 405(d) Website for Cybersecurity in Healthcare
The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 was designed to create a bridge between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to ease and secure cybersecurity-related information sharing that can be private or public. It was signed into law on December 18, 2015, by then-president Obama, and is considered the most important cyber-related federal law passed to date that facilitates cybersecurity-related information sharing between private sector companies and federal government organizations in a secure way, having a set mechanism. The Cybersecurity Act 2015 outlines NCCIC's role in assessing and reacting to cybersecurity risks and threat indicators. It gives authority to the president of the country to transfer control to deal with the cybersecurity threat to an entity other than NCCIC, even outside the DHS, except to the Department of Defense.
5 Ways 5G Will Change the "Health" in Healthcare Forever
The 5th generation of mobile network, 5G, is designed to connect everyone across the globe at unprecedented speed. This new technology will provide more connectivity than ever before because of its unified interface. 5G utilizes millimeter-wave, allowing for data-heavy applications to be used more seamlessly. 5G will have a profound impact on many industries, including healthcare.
In this blog post, we will explore 5 ways 5G will change healthcare forever, including many 5G healthcare use cases!
Is This a HIPAA Violation? Take Our HIPAA Quiz
Organizations in the healthcare field will be familiar with HIPAA, formally known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Signed into law in 1996, it sets a national standard for protecting personal health information (PHI). It ensures that patients know how their information is stored and shared through consultation and consent. According to the HIPAA Journal, in the twelve months leading up to October 2021, there were 655 reported data breaches that contained 500 or more records across the country. 546 of the 655 occurred in 2021 alone. There is room for improvement in protecting sensitive PHI, especially when dealing with large databases.
HIPAA Waivers During COVID: What to Expect in 2022
Global pandemics like COVID-19 are unprecedented situations, which call for unprecedented action. This mantra is especially true in the field of healthcare, where in early 2020, operations shifted to pre-dominantly virtual care. This action was initiated to keep people apart and from further spreading a virus we knew so little about.
The Ultimate List of HIPAA-Compliant Software Platforms for Hospitals, Clinics & Healthcare Entities
With the development of many software applications and web-based platforms, it is now easy to access healthcare facilities and information electronically. Gone are the days where patients had to wait for a long time to even get an appointment. Now it is a matter of minutes to get an appointment, purchase insurance, get access to health reports and other data online.
But with the development of new and sophisticated technology, these software apps and web-based platforms face security threats along the way. Because of these security threats, there is a need to implement rules and regulations to make sure that the technology is not misused. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) introduced in 1996 is a standard created to ensure that the privacy and health details of the patient are safe at all times and would not be disclosed to anyone without the consent of the patient.
How and When Might Be the Takeover by Chatbots in Healthcare
With artificial intelligence taking over the world in the guise of convenience, there is no second thought now that AI will replace humans for complex jobs as well. Learning from human behavior, artificial intelligence has developed so much that it can even perform health care functions like tracking overall patient health, organizing appointments, and collecting patient data for storing health records, to name a few. Considering the present global scenario, where health care workers are hesitant with in-person patient contact because of the fear of contracting the Covid-19 virus, and with mass resignation of workers because of vaccine mandates at work in free countries, it looks like the conditions are fertile for artificial intelligence to compensate for the shortage of workers being faced in healthcare industries.
Analyzing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Healthcare, Finance, and the Cloud
What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?
Many organizations have turned their attention to automation to eliminate or reduce time-consuming tasks. This technology allows employees to focus on work that brings more value to the bottom line. With Robotic Process Automation (RPA), organizations automate tedious tasks, such as processing transactions, inputting data, and sending communications. Implementing an RPA into your organization can reduce the cost of labor and the risks associated with human error. Your clients may also see improved response times and accuracy of information sharing.
Healthcare & Cryptocurrency: How Do They Work Together?
Mentioning cryptocurrency and healthcare in the same sentence might make some scratch their heads. They seem like two completely different entities without any relation to one another. However, there is a correlation between the two, as cryptocurrency, like bitcoin, can be used to make purchases or entice service within the healthcare industry. Like blockchain, cryptocurrency is not managed by a central authority, making its ease of use one of its most attractive benefits.
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