Patient Privacy

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Why You Could Be Liable for Your Vendors' Breaches

 

Vendors always attempt to position themselves as a partner and a friend. The vendor relationship can sometimes get confusing and cause frustration around expectations, and one of those expectations is protecting data. So, the Vendor Relationship: BFFs? or Covered Entity and Business Associate?

It’s enough stress on CIOs and IT Directors to worry about a breach occurring in their own organization; but add to that stress the concern of being responsible as well, if a breach happens at one of their vendors. It can be overwhelming!

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Why Hackers Accessing Your Network is the Top Risk for 2019

 

ECRI Institute recently announced their annual “Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2019.” If you keep abreast of Health Information Technology (HIT) news, you already know the number one risk: hackers can exploit remote access to systems, disrupting healthcare operations.

"The consequences of an attack can be widespread and severe, making this a priority concern for all healthcare organizations," said ECRI Health Devices Program Executive Director David Jamison. "In critical situations, this could cause harm or death."

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Make Sure Remote Access to Your Network is as Safe as a Deadbolt

The topic of security is on the minds of most healthcare IT professionals today. Securing remote access to your hospital's network is the deadbolt that helps protect your data. Most people don't leave their backdoor wide open, or expect that little doorknob lock to be secure, so why do most hospitals do the equivalent with their networks?

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Clarity on Artificial Intelligence and Patient Privacy

According to Frost & Sullivan, Artificial Intelligence systems are projected to be a $6 billion dollar industry by 20211. In fact, if you Google “artificial intelligence” and “patient privacy” you’ll get at least 35,000 results. There’s been a lot of hype in the media recently about artificial intelligence (AI) and whether or not it’s good or bad for patient privacy. No matter where you stand on the topic, there’s no doubt that AI is already helping privacy auditors save time. Read on to learn how…

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How the Human Factor Impacts Patient Privacy

Today I realized that in September of this year, I will have been in Healthcare IT for 28 years. During that period of time, I've performed a number of jobs and learned many different things. I've been in both technical and non-technical roles, in staff and leadership positions, and had the pleasure of working with some amazing people in many different states. The greatest lesson I have learned along my journey is that people are the most important aspect of any successful technology project.

On August 14th at 2:00 p.m. ET, join me for "How the Human Factor Impacts Patient Privacy," an educational webinar where I’ll discuss a number of breaches and show examples of how the human factor was ultimately the root cause. Use the link above to register to attend, and read the rest of this blog post for the background to set the stage.

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Find Hidden Patterns with Role-Based Behavioral Analysis

We all remember in 2005 when Amazon started tracking customer habits, and built sophisticated tools to recommend more purchases and direct your searches toward products it thinks you’re most likely to want. 

That's the use case I think about when the subject of behavioral analysis comes up. The more the software can learn about the person, their demographics, their buying and web-browsing habits, the better Amazon can sell products to them.

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The Top Three Keys to Preventing a Cyber-Attack

 

It is said that a heart attack is 80% preventable by eating well, exercising regularly, and keeping stress to a minimum*. While there is no official statistic yet, I would say that a cyber-attack is 95% preventable by vetting partners well, exercising caution, and keeping access points to a minimum. 

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5 Essentials for Patient Privacy Program Success

Today’s hospital leaders face unprecedented challenges when it comes to safeguarding patient privacymounting regulations, increased organizational complexity, along with dispersed privacy and security processes—all amid millions of patient data accesses every single day.

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Teaching the Importance of Protecting Patient Privacy — Inside and Outside the Hospital

Note From Iatric Systems: Thank you very much to Carl Smith, CIO of King's Daughters Medical Center, for sharing his thoughts with us, and our blog readers, about protecting patient privacy.

Brookhaven, Miss., a town with a population of about 12,000 residents, is where I call home. Living in a small town in southwest Mississippi has its advantages. We are a close-knit community where relationships are built and last a lifetime. This culture of community spreads into most facets of life including local business. We look out for one another and want our community to strong, safe, and secure. In the healthcare arena, this has become an ever-evolving challenge with information privacy and security.

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Security and Patient Privacy: Just Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Based on an Interview with Seana-Lee Hamilton
Privacy Officer for Fraser Health in British Columbia

Peanut butter and jelly; milk and cookies; Canada and hockey — some things just go together. One more to add to the list — data security and patient privacy. You just can’t have effective and robust patient privacy without security. How secure is data that isn’t private?

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