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Cybersecurity was one of the many highlighted topics during HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, with a number of presentations focusing on industry efforts to secure patient information and still be able to share such information. Hussein Syed, chief security information officer at RWJBarnabas Health, and Ladi Adefala, MBA, senior security strategist at Fortinet, discussed how healthcare must adapt to protect patients.

It’s time once again for HIMSS to host hospital management engineers, administrators and other industry professionals at its 2017 annual meeting.  HIMSS17—which runs Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando—is scheduled to include a variety of networking events and educational sessions, headlined by four highly acclaimed keynote speakers.

 

Sometimes, hackers aren’t motivated by money when they go after patient records. Luckily for hospitals and health systems, even so-called “hacktivists” can be stopped with the same defenses that fend off other cyberattacks.

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA enforcement action based solely on a healthcare facility not reporting a data breach in a timely manner. 

Most people don’t realize the risks to privacy and security posed by wearable devices. A report by researchers at American University and the Center for Digital Democracy includes recommendations and explanations for the primary concerns associated with wearable technologies.

 

Recent Headlines

Patient data remains unsafe, even at the largest hospitals

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found 1,798 large data breaches of patient data have occurred in the past seven years. The study further showed the need for improved security measures in healthcare systems nationwide.

Top 10 patient safety concerns released by ECRI Institute

ECRI Institute has released its annual top patient safety concerns for 2017, which aims to identify potential threats to patient safety while addressing challenges and offering suggestions and resources to address them.

HIMSS 2017: Experts encourage efforts to improve cybersecurity, breach response

Cybersecurity was one of the many highlighted topics during HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, with a number of presentations focusing on industry efforts to secure patient information and still be able to share such information. Hussein Syed, chief security information officer at RWJBarnabas Health, and Ladi Adefala, MBA, senior security strategist at Fortinet, discussed how healthcare must adapt to protect patients.

HHS releases guide on reporting, monitoring cyber security

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a letter regarding cyber threats faced by healthcare organizations, including reporting and monitoring practices.

Henry Ford, VisionIT offer mobile communication to clinicians

Henry Ford Health System and VisionIT have partnered to offer CareTrail, a mobile application, to improve communication between clinicians. The platform provides clinicians with a tool that offers on-call scheduling, availability updates and additional workflow optimizations.

HIMSS 2017: Boehner & Rendell lead list of big-name keynote speakers

It’s time once again for HIMSS to host hospital management engineers, administrators and other industry professionals at its 2017 annual meeting.  HIMSS17—which runs Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando—is scheduled to include a variety of networking events and educational sessions, headlined by four highly acclaimed keynote speakers.

 
HIMSS 2017: How one hospital prepared for, and survived, a ‘hacktivist’ cyberattack

Sometimes, hackers aren’t motivated by money when they go after patient records. Luckily for hospitals and health systems, even so-called “hacktivists” can be stopped with the same defenses that fend off other cyberattacks.

2016: The year of the data breach

The healthcare system faced an inceasingly common occurance in 2016, with a report by Protenus Breach Barometer claiming there was, on average, one data breach a day.

OCR clarifies HIPAA disclosure after Orlando nightclub shooting

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has clarified that HIPAA’s rules on disclosing protected health information (PHI) are not limited by the sex or gender identity of the patient or their loved ones.

Presence Health first to be fined for delayed breach notification

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA enforcement action based solely on a healthcare facility not reporting a data breach in a timely manner. 

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