OnPage app helps prevent HIPAA violations and ransomware attacks

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OnPage helps thwarts HIPAA violations Avoiding HIPAA violations and combating potential ransomware attacks are top of mind for many healthcare institutions. In theory, avoiding HIPAA violations should be straight forward as HIPAA requirements are very specific in what they do and don’t allow hospitals to do during communications with their staff physicians. HIPAA legislation clearly prohibits the use of devices that do not have: user authentication data encryption remote wipe capabilities delivery and read receipts date and time stamps customized messaging retention time frames specified contact lists And yet in spite of these specific requirements meant to help ensure patient privacy, hospitals are the biggest target of ransomware attacks. According to one article, 88 percent of all ransomware attacks target hospitals. Hospitals become vulnerable to ransomware because events as basic as a lost or stolen iPhone expose strategic information. The issue is best summarized by the following paragraph in a recent article from Becker Hospital […] Read more »

OnPage News: Mobile Health Security

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What Are Top Mobile Health Security Concerns in 2016? Article Courtesy of:  Health IT Security & Elizabeth Snell “‘What are we going to allow? What aren’t we going to allow?’ You need to start from there and then evolve.” Mobile health security has continued to grow with numerous advances in technology, and that trend will likely last into 2016. More providers are encouraging the use of mobile devices, and more consumers are looking for ways to become more involved in their own health through the use of smartphones and patient portals. But what are the top mobile health security concerns for the new year? Will the same types of health data breaches continue, or will providers find a way to securely use mobile devices Maintaining HIPAA compliance While the majority of the top data breaches from 2015 involved cybersecurity threats and hacking from third-parties, HIPAA compliance is still a key issue when it […] Read more »

OnPage: HIPAA Compliance Security 2015

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Article Courtesy of:  HealthIT Security HIPAA Compliance, Data Breaches Are Top 2015 Stories As 2015 comes to an end, it can be beneficial to review the top issues that covered entities and their business associates encountered on a daily basis. Understanding HIPAA compliance will be critical for 2016, especially as the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) begins to conduct the next round of HIPAA audits. Moreover, learning from the healthcare data breaches of the past year will help organizations create stronger and more comprehensive data security plans. HealthITSecurity.com reviewed some of the top stories from 2015, highlighting key issues and what organizations should potentially look for in the new year. HIPAA compliance, violations Several OCR HIPAA settlements were finalized this past year, ranging in fines from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. For example, Brighton, Massachusetts-based St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) agreed to $218,400 after potential HIPAA violations stemming from […] Read more »