The dangers of sharing your phone with others

The portability of smartphones makes them particularly susceptible to loss or theft. While, for most people, the loss or theft off a device presents little more than a costly inconvenience, in healthcare, the repercussions can be much worse. If a misplaced device has PHI (Protected Health Information) stored on it, even within an app, then […]

Protect your organization this National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of Cyber Security and  provide Americans with the necessary tools and resources to stay safe and secure online, as well as improve the nation’s resilience against any potential cyber incidents. Businesses of all sizes, types, and functions […]

Out with pagers, in with mobile messaging

Pagers, also known as beepers, have been the backbone of communication for healthcare organizations for more than six decades. The technology was first developed back in the 1940s, and by the time the 90s came around, they were a standard piece of kit on the belt of almost every healthcare professional in the U.S. Fast […]

Mobile messaging and the HIPAA conduit exception rule

When selecting a company to manage and transmit PHI on your organization’s behalf, you may assume that those that state they offer HIPAA compliant solutions would be prepared to sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). However, this assumption may well be wrong, as some providers will refuse to sign a BAA on the grounds of […]

Mobile messaging myths debunked

Here we expose and solve four common myths about mobile messaging; a growing, yet often misunderstood means of communication in healthcare. Paging is a better alternative to mobile messaging The humble pager has long been a hallmark accessory for busy healthcare professionals across the country, and it is estimated that around 85% of hospitals still […]

Keeping PHI secure on a mobile device

HIPAA rules mandate that healthcare organizations and other covered entities (including Business Associates / BAs) must protect the privacy of the their patients’ PHI (Protected Health Information) at all times. In order to achieve this, covered entities must adhere to HIPAA’s Privacy and Technical rules. The HIPAA Privacy Rule: “requires appropriate safeguards to protect the […]

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

The recently published IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index reveals 2016 was a record breaking year for data breaches, with more than 4 billion records compromised – which is more than the combined total from the two previous years. Last year’s figure is a significant 566% increase from the 600 million exposed in 2015. The report was based […]

New study finds teaching hospitals at higher risk of data breaches occurring

A new study of HHS statistics on data breaches reported from late 2009 through 2016 published by JAMA Internal Medicine provides new insight into who is most vulnerable to data breaches in the healthcare industry. In addition to larger hospitals with a high bed count, the study revealed that teaching hospitals are more likely to be a […]

Preparing for tomorrow’s security threats today

The latest Threat Horizon report, published annually by non-profit organization the Information Security Forum (ISF), has identified a number of security concerns that it predicts will become more prominent over the next few years. Within this report, ISF has highlighted three key trends that organizations need to be aware of: Disruption, distortion, and deterioration. In […]