Data Breaches

Healthcare now the biggest cyber-attack target, report reveals

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The leading causes for breaches and attacks on healthcare organizations Ponemon identified are (in order of severity): theft, employee negligence and malware. The biggest vulnerability for each of the past four years: Lost and stolen computers and paper files.

Hackers could be next HIPAA threat to long-term care, expert warns

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Protected health information breaches for long-term care facilities will migrate from accidental human-caused problems to outsiders gunning for valuable intelligence, one compliance expert predicted Tuesday.

HIPAA, electronic health records & the data breach waiting to happen

HIPAA, electronic health records & the data breach waiting to happen

Many providers don't realize the general insurance policy they have in place may not cover HIPAA fines or additional costs. In fact, many policies specifically exclude the sorts of fines and expenses detailed above. My first piece of advice? Begin inquiring about your current insurance coverage.

Government to step up HIPAA enforcement, release new compliance tools

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will expand Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement efforts in the next two years, according to OCR Director Leon Rodriguez.