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1 in 5 Doctor’s Mobile Devices May Be At High Risk

As important a role as mobile plays in healthcare, it may also pose an equally serious threat, according to a report by Skycure, a mobile threat defense company based in Palo Alto, Calif. In fact, the report found that the doctors who use mobile devices—approximately 80% of doctors use mobile devices and 28% store patient data on their mobile device, according to the report– in their day-to-day practice are exposed to network threats that increase over time.

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Think 2015 HIPAA breaches were bad, 2016 will be worse

Without a doubt, 2015 was the year of the healthcare mega-breach and a major turning point for the sector.

Some 56 major hacker attacks affecting a total of nearly 112 million individuals occurred in 2015, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The largest of these cyber-attacks hit health insurer Anthem, affecting nearly 79 million individuals, making it the biggest healthcare breach ever reported to HHS.

“2015 was a blaring wake-up call to healthcare entities and their business associates that protected health information of their patients is a bulls-eye for fraudsters and other cyber-criminals as well as nation states eager to steal IDs,” HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

In the blog, McGee:

  • Reviews major healthcare breaches in 2015;
  • Analyzes the severity of healthcare breaches in 2015 compared with previous years’ incidents; and
  • Advises organizations to pay close attention to the breach pain their peers suffered in 2015.

“Watch your back, and especially your databases, networks, email systems and medical devices in 2016,” McGee says, “because clearly hackers are watching them, too, waiting for an easy way in.”

In 2016 expect to see an surge in cyber-attacks and breaches on both the national and local scale. Implementing some basic preventative measures can pay off in big ways in the near future.

  • System monitoring and patch management
  • Redundant disaster recovery plans
  • Both hardware and software network protection
  • Full Disk Encryption
  • Current Anti Virus protection
  • Proper employee education  on Policies and Procedures

Take the steps today to secure your patients information tomorrow. Give us a call at CAM to help with these measures and more 888-959-0220.

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2016 hipaa audits

Lawyers Break Down 2016 HIPAA Audits

The increase in connected medical devices and the reportedly upcoming second round of OCR HIPAA audits are some of the top areas to watch next year in terms of healthcare data privacy and security, according to lawyers who specialize in the industry.

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HIPAA Lessons from the Warner Chilcott Settlement

Last week, the US Attorney’s Office in Boston announced that drug company Warner Chilcott agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud and pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil liability arising out of allegations involving the promotion of the company’s drugs.

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hipaa breaches 2015

HIPAA Breaches 2015 – October

If you still think HIPAA doesnt apply to you, please take a look at this and think again. These are all current breaches that have been submitted to the OCR within the month of October.

Table items in blue are highlighted to show how many of the breaches are involved with Healtcare IT. Most of the highlighted items could have been prevented with the proper setup. This could have kept these companies in the clear and out of violation fines.

HIPAA Breaches 2015 – October

Covered Entity State Type Individuals Affected Breach Submission Date Type of Breach Location of Breach
Baptist Health & Arkansas Health Group AR Healthcare Provider 6,500 10/1/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Electronic Medical Records
Sentara Healthcare VA Healthcare Provider 1,040 10/2/2015 Theft Other Portable Electronic Devices
CarePlus Health Plans KY Health Plans 2,873 10/6/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Paper/Films
Insurance Data Services MI Business Associates 2,918 10/8/2015 Theft Paper/Films
Anne Arundel Health Systems MD Healthcare Provider 2,208 10/8/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Paper/Films
Aspire Home Care & Hospice OK Healthcare Provider 4,278 10/9/2015 Hacking/IT Incident Email
The John Hopkins Hospital MD Healthcare Provider 571 10/9/2015 Theft Laptop
SSM Health Cancer Center MO Healthcare Provider 643 10/9/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Paper/Films
University of Oklahoma Department of Urology OK Healthcare Provider 9,300 10/10/2015 Theft Laptop
Nephropathology Associates, PLC AR Healthcare Provider 1,260 10/16/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Email
Emergence Health Network TX Healthcare Provider 11,100 10/16/2015 Hacking/IT Incident Network Server
Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center NY Healthcare Provider 1,581 10/19/2015 Theft Laptop
BeHealthy Florida, Inc. FL Health Plans 835 10/19/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Paper/Films
North Carolina Deparment of Health & Human Services NC Health Plans 1,615 10/19/2015 Hacking/IT Incident Email
OsteoMed LP TX Health Plans 1,134 10/20/2015 Theft Other
Indian Territory Home Health & Hospice OK Healthcare Provider 4,500 10/22/2015 Hacking/IT Incident Email
Envision RX OH Business Associates 540 10/23/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Paper/Films
Children’s medical Clinics of East Texas TX Healthcare Provider 16,0000 10/28/2015 Unauthorized Access/Disclosure Desktop Computer
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