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 […]

Text messaging in healthcare: the debate goes on

A growing number of medical professionals are turning to mobile devices to coordinate care and manage patient health outcomes. Yet the use of text messaging specifically remains a contentious topic in the healthcare industry. Back in 2011, The Joint Commission published a document stating that it is not acceptable for physicians or licensed independent practitioners […]

Download our new guide – Mobile health & HIPAA: Playing it safe in 2017

A growing number of health providers are looking to mobile devices to improve operational efficiencies and patient health outcomes within their organizations. Yet, according to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a reported 10% of major health data breaches involve a mobile device. This figure considered, it comes as little surprise that […]

Data Privacy Day: A reminder to stay safe online

The date, January 28, marks National Data Privacy Day, an educational initiative that aims to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. The occasion was originally founded to encourage businesses and internet users to reflect on the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly on social networks. Today, […]

2016 HIPAA roundup & year end review

2016 was a busy year for HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the agency responsible for enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In the year when HIPAA itself celebrated its 20th birthday, let us cast our minds back to some of the major HIPAA-related stories of the past 12 months, […]