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Privacy & Security


Healthcare technology, while providing patients and professionals with advanced care solutions, has weaknesses in protecting patient information, according to the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 report conducted by ECRI Institute.

Blockchain solutions have piqued interest of the healthcare industry, positioning the technology as a fix to interoperability, privacy and security issues. A report conducted by Black Book presented current and planned measures in the implementation of blockchain.

Maintaining a high level of security in electronic medical records (EMRs) requires physicians have unique user IDs and passwords, but, according to a study published in Health Informatics Research, 73.6 percent of physicians have received the password of another staff member.

Researchers are developing platforms to securely and quickly send data to and from smartphones. A new mobile application developed to assist providers in meeting patient privacy regulation allows for the sharing and storing of patient-related photos, videos and audio.

The lack of cybersecurity in mobile applications meant to assist dementia patients and their caregivers could put patients' personal health information at risk, according to researchers at McLean Hospitals in Belmont, Massachusetts, and clinicians at Harvard Medical School. A study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry examined app security policies and provided recommendations.


Recent Headlines

Lock it down: 11 findings from cybersecurity survey of healthcare execs

Cyber security is at the top of the list for improvement in many healthcare organizations due to the uptake ransomware attacks in the recent month. The recently published 2017 KPMG/Forbes Insights CyberSecurity Survey outlines on the current landscape of cyber security, technology and strategies in ensuring patient data remains safe while also showcasing where the industry lacks in protecting electronic information.

Better technology, strategy top avenues to improving cybersecurity

KPMG has released its 2017 Cyber Healthcare & Life Sciences Survey, outlining current cybersecurity measures and threats.

HHS introduces tool to provide information on data breaches

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has introduced a revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT) that gives individuals information to improve identification of data breaches and help them understand how they are investigated and resolved.

Clinicians rely on pagers for care-related communications but many remain unprotected

With an array of options to communicate, physicians are able to pick and choose their favorite. A new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found that of all the communicative technologies, physicians prefer to use pagers to receive patient care-related (PCR) communications.

55% of healthcare professionals believe firms ready for cyberattacks

In the recent Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) Stat poll, 55 percent of healthcare professionals believe their organization's information technology (IT) infrastructure was secure against cyberattacks.

What healthcare can learn from Netwrix report on data security

The recent Netwrix 2017 IT Risks Report examined information technologies professionals across 30 industries to find 75 percent of healthcare systems reported budget and a lack of time as main barriers to improving data security. The report was conducted by Netwrix Corporation to outline the thoughts to IT professionals regarding the data protection.

Cost of data breaches in healthcare increased while other industries see 10% drop

Data breaches cost healthcare organizations an average of $380 per record, more than any other industry included in the 2017 Cost of Data Breach study from IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute.

Healthcare blockchain will be widely adopted within 5 years, execs say

A large majority (83 percent) of executives in life sciences and pharmaceutical companies believes there will be widespread adoption of healthcare blockchain tools within the next five years, according to a survey released by the Pistoia Alliance.

Anthem reaches $115M settlement in data breach lawsuit

Health insurance giant Anthem has reached a settlement of $115 million after a class action lawsuit related to a 2015 data breach. The agreement—which addresses the breach of patient information including names, date of birth and social security numbers—is set to be the largest data breach settlement if approved by the court.

Apps targeting those with dementia lack security for patient data

Health applications meant to assist those in need could possibly be harming users with less than satisfactory privacy. A study published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry presented researchers’ evaluations of safety standards in health apps meant to help patients with cognitive impairments.