Healthcare IT Security

Security “Blues” Play Again for Healthcare

In the wake of a second massive cyber attack and personal information breach by another Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance company, healthcare organizations all over the country are scrambling to put systems in place […]

John Skowlund   Healthcare IT Security
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The True Cost of a HIPAA Breach

Another week, another data breach. On September 10th, healthcare behemoth Kaiser Permanente sent out a letter to 670 patients, notifying them that their PHI had been impermissibly emailed out of network. But in light of […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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Breaches and the HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Deadline

90 days. That’s all the time healthcare organizations have between now and the September 23 HIPAA Omnibus compliance date. Understandably, most healthcare compliance officers are focusing on the significant changes spelled out in the regulations: […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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Advocate Data Breach: The $1 Billion Lawsuit?

As covered in our blog last week, Advocate Health Care, a large Chicago-based health system, reported a data breach at one of its subsidiaries in which the theft of four laptops led to over four […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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OHSU Data Breach: Where Health IT is lacking

In an interesting piece posted over the weekend at The Health Care Blog, Dr. David Do described a recent reported data breach by the Oregon Health & Science University. The event, which was reported to […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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Advocate Data Breach – Different Year, Same Encryption Problems

In many respects, it has been The Summer of The Data Breach. HHS brought down the hammer on Wellpoint, fining the insurer $1.7 million after discovering the impermissible disclosure of over 600,000 patient records through […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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Make 2014 the Year of the Security Risk Assessment

Given what many called a banner year in healthcare data breaches, many industry professionals were happy to bid 2013 adieu. From the massive Advocate data breach to the Affinity Health Plan photocopier breach, healthcare executives […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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Heartbleed, Internet Explorer Bug and HIPAA Security

Three weeks ago Internet users were notified en masse that a security vulnerability had been discovered in OpenSSL, a widely-used piece of open-source software that helps securely transport information around the web. The so-called Heartbleed […]

Richard Wagner, JD   Healthcare IT Security
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The Perils of Vendors Storing PHI

Recently over 14,000 medicare recipients of Brand New Day’s health plan had their personal records exposed due to an error from a third party vendor. According to HealthITNews, the breached data included names, addresses, dates […]

Ben Henson   Healthcare IT Security
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OCR, Affinity Health Plan Reach Settlement on Photocopier Breach Case

In a week including several high profile HIPAA breach incidents and settlements, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the biggest one of all: a settlement agreement with Affinity Health Plan stemming from an […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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The Concentra HIPAA Breach and Mobile Device Encryption

In a story covered on about HIPAA Breach in Healthcare IT News this week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights settled with two organizations for just under a combined $2 million this week after it […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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The Role of Peer-to-Peer Encryption in the HIPAA Omnibus Era

It’s every compliance officer’s worst nightmare. You’re sitting at your desk on a weekday afternoon, perhaps catching up on the latest posts on the qliqSOFT blog, when all of a sudden your CIO calls you […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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HIPAA Omnibus Changes – Just One Week Left

One week. That’s all that remains between now and September 23rd, the date at which the HIPAA Omnibus regulations go into effect. Covered entities under the law should have already completed most of the long-term […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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HIT Security Issues in 2017 – Password Management

The first line of defense in preventing hacking is a secure password. Unfortunately, IT administrators and website security and management companies know that educating their users on the definition and necessity of a strong password […]

Ben Henson   Healthcare IT Security
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10 Steps to Take When (Not If) You’re Hit With a Ransomware Attack

Ransomware. It’s become an almost weekly headline in the healthcare industry. Hospitals in California, Washington, D.C., Texas, and other areas of the country have found themselves at the mercy of hackers who can completely paralyze […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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HIPAA Data Breaches: Bad Technology or Bad Training?

As regular readers of the qliqSOFT blog are now aware, the HIPAA Omnibus changes have been in effect for just over two weeks. In the wake of the September 23 compliance deadline, HIPAA compliance should […]

Krishna Kurapati   Healthcare IT Security
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