Downtime, whether planned or unplanned, puts an incredible amount of stress on healthcare organizations. It’s a balancing act to provide the best patient care while systems are being restored, all while keeping patient information secure. Unfortunately, with the increase of ransomware in the healthcare industry, unplanned downtime is becoming a more common threat and adds even more complexity to the mix.
Both new and well-known regulations alike were updated during the COVID-19 pandemic to better support healthcare providers. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has seen some modest relaxing of some of its components but remains largely unchanged.
If your privacy team is like most hospitals, managing influxes of privacy tasks, as a result of new privacy concerns can be difficult. While the answer of bringing in 3rd party help might seem expensive or difficult to manage, in reality, supplementing your privacy team as needed by using Patient Privacy Managed Services can help your healthcare organizations quickly scale up to accommodate new requests and scale down when resources are no longer needed.
Unauthorized access to patients’ protected health information (PHI) is illegal — so why do healthcare professionals keep doing it? How do you get them to stop?A recent JAMA Network study on PHI breaches provides insights into employee behavior regarding privacy data, and how that behavior can be corrected.
Looking back on 2021, healthcare organizations have been pushed to their technological limit. Increased patient demand and staffing shortages have forced nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and lab technicians to look to the digital space to increase efficiency, provide adequate care, and protect PHI data. As healthcare organizations adopt a more digital approach, what does this mean for the future of healthcare? Let’s look at the top trends that I predict are here to stay.
Looking back to 2021, the healthcare industry was challenged to adapt to patient surges, remote workers, staffing shortages, and more. Throughout the past year, hospital organizations and HIPAA pivoted to be nimbler with actions such as relaxing compliance guidelines on telemedicine to improve patient care but may also have created new security gaps.
During our second iatricSystems Fall Exchange, we brought together industry leaders and healthcare organizations to discuss today’s challenges, including the current threat landscape and how to protect your organization from internal and external threats.
When you think of October, you likely think about spooky season. Ghosts, witches, black cats, and monsters galore. But in the world of technology, there’s not much scarier than the overwhelming gloom of a potential cyber threat. So, it makes sense that Cybersecurity Awareness Month would also take place in October. Instead of sending shivers through your spine with scary stories of breaches and ransomware threats, we’ll skip to the good part. We’re here to help you #BeCyberSmart by offering actionable advice and tips you can use to improve and prioritize your cybersecurity efforts right now.
With most of us now working from home, and kids doing school from home, our worlds look a lot different than they did a couple of months ago. We were all thrown into the scenario of remote working and learning, and while a lot of us work in secure IT environments at our on-site work location, there are some good reminders and actions you can and should take to protect your family online at home too.
You’re only as strong as your weakest… passwords? Security experts revealed that as cybercriminals continue to develop better tools for cracking passwords, the strength of your password doesn’t really matter.