Healthcare News & Insights

4 data breach trends to watch for in 2015

In 2014, providers saw more frequent data breaches, an increase in the rate of cyberattacks and more cybersecurity scrutiny. So what’s in store for 2015? 

Proof HIPAA compliance must be an ongoing effort

Hospitals take note: There are some important lessons about compliance to take away from this provider’s recent HIPAA violations settlement. 

Avoid data breaches by reviewing ‘near misses’

Hospitals that want the highest level of security for patients’ sensitive data need to evaluate “near-miss” data breaches just as closely as events that actually compromise patients’ data.

Data breaches: Lessons to learn from Target

Studying what Target did wrong during it’s recent data breach, and learning how to properly respond is a good idea for hospital executives and administrators.

Data breach lesson: Protect paper records, too

These days, many hospitals are worried about the security of electronic health records and other sensitive digital information. But paper documents are still creating plenty of security risks. 

Can you trust business partners with your patient data?

In addition to privacy breaches caused by malicious employees, healthcare providers can also be susceptible to incidents related to employees of third-party business partners that are given access to sensitive data. 

Protect patients’ data from insider snooping

For healthcare providers, the biggest security threat is often the organization’s own employees. That’s what one Florida hospital recently learned. 

Victims of massive data breach sue healthcare group

Health data breaches can create a number of costs for hospitals. One of them: legal fees resulting from patient lawsuits. 

Lab shared patient info on peer-to-peer network, FTC says

There are a lot of ways healthcare organizations can expose sensitive patient data. Many of them involve employee mistakes and lax enforcement of IT policies. 

Vendor mistake causes breach of 32,000 patients’ data

Hospitals have a lot to worry about when it comes to protecting the sensitive patient data they hold on their premises. But organizations can also be on the hook when data breaches occur at third parties they contract with.