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Third-party security risk is substantial – and many providers' readiness is substandard

Four out of five organizations surveyed for a report released Wednesday have experienced a cybersecurity breach precipitated by a third-party vendor over the past 12 months, according to chief information officers, chief information security officers and other C-suite leaders polled. What’s more, the report, from cyber services firm BlueVoyant, found that of the 1,500-plus security […]

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OCR amends HIPAA Privacy Rule guidance for convalescent plasma

With President Trump calling upon those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma, the agency says HIPAA allows insurance plans to contact beneficiaries about donation. The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services this week issued new amended guidance related to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. WHY IT […]

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ClearDATA debuts machine learning system that masks patient data

ClearDATA, a vendor of healthcare public-cloud security, compliance, and privacy technologies and services, today debuted a new software-as-a-service system, ClearDATA Locate Mask, that enables healthcare organizations to leverage unstructured datasets containing PHI or PII by masking or redacting the sensitive data. WHY IT MATTERS Powered by machine learning models, Locate Mask works on one of […]

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Tech optimization: Keeping infrastructure tech rock solid

The various technologies that make up IT infrastructure are the foundation for all the other forms of health IT that make hospitals and health systems operate effectively. As such, infrastructure technologies are among the most important in the healthcare information technology arena, and they must be operating optimally. Here, three infrastructure technology experts from Cisco […]

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Walmart joins MediLedger, blockchain-based pharma tracking group

Walmart is the latest major company to sign on with the blockchain initiative Mediledger, which is exploring ways to harness distributed ledger technology to ensure the security and safety of pharmaceuticals. WHY IT MATTERS The news, first reported by bitcoin and blockchain website Coindesk, signifies that health and life sciences use cases for blockchain are […]

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Phishing, employee error still putting data at risk, but in-house detection is improving

Cyberattacks, especially those stemming from phishing schemes, continue to plague healthcare organizations, but some aspects of company response and employee awareness appear to be improving, according to this year’s Data Security Incident Response Report from leading data privacy and cybersecurity law firm BakerHostetler. WHY THIS MATTERS Healthcare industry entities comprise one-quarter of incidents analyzed in […]

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Facebook charged with misleading users on health data visibility

Facebook has been accused of misleading users in its Group platform about who can see their private information, and argues Facebook did not disclose how much information could be visible to outsiders — including health information. WHY IT MATTERS “Sharing of privately posted personal health information violates the law, but this serious problem with Facebook’s […]