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Is This a HIPAA Violation? Take Our HIPAA Quiz

HIPAA Violations Quiz

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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.

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HIPAA Waivers During COVID: What to Expect in 2022

HIPAA Waivers During COVID What to Expect in 2022

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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.

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A Guide to Vulnerability Management & Assessment Tools & Best Practices

Vulnerability Mgmt Tools and Best Practices

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What is Vulnerability Management?

When an end-user receives a notification for an update to a software or application, it is not always to provide them with new features or improvements to performance. In many cases, these updates are pushed to our tech devices to patch security vulnerabilities. Enter vulnerability management. This practice is critical to hardware and network security. Vulnerability management is the proactive process of identifying and ridding tech of malicious behavior before it leads to a full-out breach. It does not always mean an attack is imminent, however. It can sometimes also be the identification of opportunities for improvement as it relates to security practices.

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF): The Ultimate in Data Security

NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)

What Is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)?

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is the ultimate in data security. It is an incredibly important topic for any business, and understanding the basics of it can help protect your company from cyber risk.

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Healthcare & Cryptocurrency: How Do They Work Together?

Cryptocurrency and Healthcare

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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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What is Supply Chain Cyber Security: How to Protect From Attacks

Supply Chain Cyber Security

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Supply chains are networks between an organization and others who provide materials or products eventually destined for a consumer. A supply chain can be complex. Besides physical resources, it can also handle things like digital information, entities, and even people. Depending on the size of a particular organization, they can have entire teams dedicated to overseeing a supply chain. It can be a vital component to the operation of any business.

Why is supply chain security important? If there is no product, there is no business. Disruptions to the supply chain can cripple an organization. Not only do they need to be concerned about their suppliers, but they also need to guard their systems. Supply chain cyber attacks can fracture lines of communication, records of transactions, inventory, and forecasting for the future. Cyber criminals have found supply chains to be a source of valuable information about an organization's current or future plans, as well as being a source for general confidential information not intended for outsiders. If you work with your organization's supply chain, how can you protect yourself? How can you ensure business runs to forecast? We have some tips for staying safe and operational.

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Blockchain Medical Records: Taking EHR/EMR Technology & Security to the Next Level

Blockchain in Medical Records EMR/EHR

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Blockchain provides healthcare organizations and their patients with an alternative method for storing, viewing, and sharing electronic medical or health records (EMR/EHR). Blockchain is a secure digital ledger that is decentralized and usually doesn't have a singular authority. It allows a community, in this case, healthcare providers and patients, to record transactions onto a shared ledger. Each record is known as a transaction, and once a transaction is published, it cannot be changed. 

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What is Blockchain Technology in Healthcare: Uses, Benefits, Risks & the Future

Blockchain in Healthcare

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Blockchain technology is changing the way information is stored, shared and viewed. What is Blockchain in healthcare? As described in a Deloitte report, it is a, "shared, immutable record of peer-to-peer transactions built from linked transaction blocks and stored in a digital ledger. Blockchain relies on established cryptographic techniques to allow each participant in a network to interact (e.g. store, exchange, and view information), without preexisting trust between the parties. In a blockchain system, there is no central authority; instead, transaction records are stored and distributed across all network participants."

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How to Share Electronic Health Record (EHR) Information Securely When Working in the Cloud

How to Share EHR Information Securely When Working in the Cloud

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When patients see their doctors, it is not uncommon for them to be referred to a specialist to better address concerns. For the specialist to assist a new patient, electronic health record (EHR) information must be exchanged between the referring practitioner and the new one. This can be risky considering the threat of EHR security breaches during the exchange process. In addition, in the United States, healthcare practitioners must only exchange EHR information using approved transfer methods outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Failure to do so can result in steep fines for EHR and HIPAA violations.

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Top Tips for Creating a Cybersecurity Budget in Healthcare

Top Tips for Creating a Cybersecurity Budget in Healthcare

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The healthcare industry will forever be the target of cyberattacks due to the array of information included in the healthcare record.

With this in mind, the need for cybersecurity is not going away. It is becoming a more predominant focal point in the industry, as you will see shortly. If your organization is struggling to justify the financial cost of adding cybersecurity to yearly budgets, consider asking yourself the following questions:

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