Healthcare News & Insights

Feds offer guidance about ransomware

As ransomware attacks started becoming a bigger threat to hospitals, the feds largely remained silent on the specific steps facilities should take to keep patients’ protected health information (PHI) safe. Now, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finally issued clear guidance about ransomware for healthcare providers. 

Top threats to data security in hospitals

If you think you’re seeing more healthcare-related data breaches in the news lately, it’s not just in your head. Hospitals and other healthcare providers have become popular targets for hackers and cybercriminals. But there’s good news: Healthcare IT pros are on top of the issue. 

BYOD: How hospitals are handling this trend

Nowadays, many hospitals support doctors’ use of personal smartphones, tablets and laptops with BYOD programs. And because there are more devices to keep track of inside a facility’s walls, there’s more risk involved. 

Is your hospital ready for the next round of HIPAA audits?

HIPAA audits are starting up again soon, but the changes in phase 2 of the program could shake up healthcare facilities that aren’t prepared.

Another PHI security regulator for hospitals to worry about

Hospitals now have one more government agency scrutinizing their security operations — the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

6 ways to attract top IT security pros to your hospital

As more health data becomes digital, IT security is becoming increasingly important for hospitals. One key tool for protecting data: having a staff with the right cyber security expertise. 

The No. 1 cause of health data breaches is …

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services found that the leading cause of health information being lost is frustratingly simple:

Fines adding up for hospitals that don’t protect patient data

California has assessed five hospitals a combined $675k for allowing unauthorized access to confidential patient information.

Your data isn’t as secure as you think it is

Nearly two-thirds of health care IT directors say their systems aren’t as secure as they should be.