DocbookMD Announces Acquisition by Medici

For more than 10 years, DocbookMD has been focused on delivering HIPAA-compliant communications to help healthcare professionals improve their ability to deliver care. With that mission in mind, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of DocbookMD by global telehealth platform, Medici. Through its secure text, voice and video messaging capabilities, Medici’s HIPAA-compliant mobile app […]

Anthem to pay a record $16 million HIPAA settlement

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced a record HIPAA settlement with healthcare insurance giant Anthem following a mega-breach dating back to 2015. The $16 million settlement fee is the largest the country has ever seen, eclipsing the $5.55 million that was agreed with Advocate Health Care in […]

NIST provides new guidance on managing cybersecurity & privacy risks

The healthcare industry is at the forefront of technological adoption when it comes to utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) for improving operational processes and patient care. A global study undertaken in 2017 revealed that 60% of healthcare organizations use IoT devices on their premises, and 87% plan to introduce more IoT technology by 2019. […]

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2018

October brings with it the 15th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative initiative between government and industry that aims to ensure all Americans have the appropriate resources to stay safe and secure online. Since its inception in 2004, NCSAM has been driving to turn internet security into a shared responsibility for customers, […]

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Social media poses a constant HIPAA risk

It is well reported that insider threats pose the biggest cyber security risk to healthcare organizations. According to Verizon’s Protected Health Information Data Breach Report, the majority (58%) of healthcare PHI data breaches are caused by insiders. Furthermore, healthcare is the only industry where insider threats pose a greater threat to sensitive data than external […]

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Most US businesses lack adequate phishing defenses

Phishing is now the number one cyber threat faced by businesses and it is gaining momentum at an alarming rate; one method that appears to be gaining particular momentum is spear phishing, a method whereby the sender persuades the recipient to share personal information by tricking them into believing they are responding to a trustworthy […]

Better clinical communications

Texting & PHI: 18 things you should never share

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, more commonly known as HIPAA, there is no specific sanction regarding the use of text messaging to share Protected Healthcare Information (PHI). However, there are strict regulations that prohibit the communication of PHI via any unsecure electronic format and, as text messages are not sent or stored […]

Improving mobility in clinical settings

Despite the ground-breaking advancements in medical technology, many traditional communication methods, such as the humble pager, are still commonplace in healthcare organizations. As a result, communication between physicians and care teams is often a cumbersome process: A study from the University of California printed in Becker’s Hospital Review found more than a quarter of hospital […]

Healthcare data breach costs on the rise

With many healthcare organizations now coordinating the care of millions of patients and an increasing number of devices and systems connected to the Internet, the threat to the protection of patient healthcare information is on the rise, and carries with it a staggering cost to the public health service. This year IBM Security and Ponemon […]