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Worries rise about security breaches in healthcare as endpoints expand
This article is part of the Pulse issue of February 2016 | Volume 4 Issue 1
Health IT security executives have a battle on their hands. The rapid adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and the widespread use of mobile devices among providers has increased the endpoint security threat -- and there are more vulnerabilities ahead. Now, a new surge of networked medical devices and wearable gadgets present possibilities for exposure to serious security breaches in healthcare, and many hospitals are unprepared to tackle the next endpoint challenge. In recent years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has severely punished healthcare entities that have been lax at securing patient data and violated HIPAA privacy and security rules. These healthcare data breaches, involving endpoints like PCs, laptops and other devices, reveal a breakdown in endpoint security and highlight the challenges of keeping patient data safe. For example, in August 2015, Cancer Care Group, P.C., based in Indianapolis, agreed to pay $750,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations that occurred ...
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With digital healthcare images increasingly being stored and shared in provider data networks, medical imaging systems need more cybersecurity, according to experts.
As smartphones and tablets proliferate in hospitals -- increasing the risks of an endpoint security breach -- health IT executives must broaden and harden their defenses.
People from low income populations suffering from chronic diseases could benefit from the use of wearable healthcare technology. However, there are several barriers in the way, experts said.
As more healthcare providers send aspects of their business into the cloud, they must be aware that such a move doesn't free them from their HIPAA compliance duties.
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With an ever-increasing array of mobile devices available, healthcare IT pros must ensure healthcare information security at endpoints.