HIPAA can’t keep up with fast-moving consumer technologies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a report to Congress, outlining the gaps that exist in the scope of health data protection. The 32 page document serves to recognize that “While HIPAA serves traditional health care well and continues to support national priorities for interoperable health information with its media-neutral […]

Medical professionals seek secure mobile communication platform for efficient workflow – Not Social Networks

Mobile communication is an integral and growing part of every aspect of modern life, including healthcare. Fast and secure communication between care team members can measurably improve clinical efficiency as well as patient outcomes—this is a given. In addition, federal and state requirements for electronic health recordkeeping are pushing many medical professionals to aggressively begin […]

Cost of healthcare data breaches revealed in Ponemon Data Breach Study

It will probably come as no surprise that the average cost of a data breach in the healthcare industry was the highest of all surveyed industries in a recent Ponemon Institute report. Setting a new record high at $402 per capita cost, healthcare data breaches have increased substantially above the overall mean of $221. Despite the […]

HIPAA and personal representatives

The industry news is often filled with reports surrounding the topic of patient privacy, generally stemming from a breach of medical records without any form of consent in place. But issues can also arise when patient information is not shared with family and friends, either because medical staff have withheld details, or patients themselves choose […]

Joint Commission lifts ban on clinical texting of orders

Physicians have long recognized the benefits of a mobile workflow, having the ability to carry out tasks with minimal disruption is an effective means of delivering care to their patients. In fact, around 87 percent of doctors are currently using smartphones and tablets to complement their workload. Secure text messaging is becoming an increasingly popular […]

7 Takeaways from the 2016 Internet Threat Report

Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their attacks due to increased skills and resources, according to a new cybersecurity report by Symantec. The 2016 Internet Security Threat Report provides a detailed overview and analysis of the year’s global threat activity, including rising trends, malicious activity, spam, and phishing. Below are seven takeaways from the […]

Phase 2 HIPAA audits have arrived

Last week, The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) kicked-off its long anticipated program of Phase 2 HIPAA Audits of covered entities and their business associates. The process will investigate policies and procedures adopted and employed by these parties to meet standards and specifications of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach notification rules. Does this apply to […]

What is encryption and why is it important?

At Scrypt, security is our highest priority. We know how important the safeguarding of sensitive data and personal information is to our customers, which is why we encrypt all documents with full 256-bit SSL security and AES algorithms. Sounds great, right? But what does encryption, SSL security and AES algorithms really mean for you? Encryption […]

Verizon Report – Findings From The Data Breach Digest

A recent report published by Verizon, ‘Data breach digest – Scenarios from the field’ has revealed some interesting statistics about data breaches. The report looks at 18 data breach scenarios, which were selected due to their prevalence and/or lethality. Of these 18 scenarios, 12 were chosen as they are the most common types of data […]