Hospitals and healthcare organizations all over the country are facing similar privacy and security challenges – especially this past year. From an increase of breaches, the risk of ransomware and remote accessibility for vendors and employees, 2020 has opened up plenty of new security gaps. The good news is when so many people go through the same thing, there’s a lot to share and a whole lot more to learn.
With Cybersecurity Awareness Month right around the corner (October), now’s the time for healthcare security teams to review their security positioning and begin to strategize about how they can improve.
A recent COVID-19 outbreak occurred at a Springfield MA hospital due to an employee returning to work after visiting another state, increasing the hospital’s infected rate to 26 employees and 14 patients.
U.S. public health officials, hospitals, and insurance companies are urging people to try telemedicine to prevent having to leave their homes and to therefore curb the spread of COVID-19, and people are listening. Once skeptical, patients are jumping on board so they can be evaluated in a safer setting – their home. Healthcare organizations are also reassessing staffing and shifting a large portion of hospitals to teleworking.
The rising concern of COVID-19 has shaken everyone, and we’ve already seen the impact it has had on our grocery supplies, tradeshows and events, daily outings, and really, how businesses are conducting daily business. We recognize that this situation has impacted many people in numerous ways, and that’s why we’d like to offer a few tips to help you work in this environment and keep business moving.
We’re weeks away from the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition on March 9-13. But before you hop into a plane or car and head to Orlando, we suggest you review these tips to ensure a successful HIMSS20.
One of the foundations of an effective Privacy and Security program is always accountability. Accountability of assets. Accountability of personnel. Accountability of permissions, agreements, and regulations. We must know the scope. Therefore, it is important to routinely take inventory of any relevant elements in your program.
As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we've shared tips so far for "Owning It" with remote access security, "Securing It" with multi-factor authentication, and "Protecting It" against Phishing attacks, and the potential costs of a HIPAA violation. Today I want to talk about how having layers of patient privacy help keep Protected Health Information (PHI) safe.
In support of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we've shared tips so far for "Owning It" with remote access security, "Securing It" with multi-factor authentication, and today I want to talk about "Protecting It" and the potential costs of a HIPAA violation if you aren't able to protect it (with "it" being PHI).
Healthcare Privacy is tied to a growing number of rules, regulations, policies and procedures. For the average healthcare employee, it can be difficult to keep track of everything they need to know. Therefore, organizations should prioritize awareness as a part of their privacy strategy. Awareness is the process of educating your staff, not only on these policies and procedures, but why they are important. Awareness is a vital step in influencing a positive privacy culture.