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: Healthcare Ransomware

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Are You Prepared For Healthcare Ransomware? Article Courtesy of:  Hospital EMR & EHR – Written By Anne Zieger Earlier this month, a Texas hospital was hit with a particularly loathsome virus. Leaders at Mount Pleasant, Tx.-based Titus Regional Medical Center found out on January 15 that a “ransomware” virus had encrypted files on several of the medical center’s database servers, blocking access to EMR data as well as the ability to enter data into the system. In this kind of attack, the malware author demands a financial ransom to be paid for freeing up the data. TRMC didn’t disclose how much money the attacker(s) demanded, but it may have been an immense sum, because the hospital apparently thought that bringing in pricey security consultants and enduring several days of downtime was preferable to paying up. Although, they also probably realized the slippery slope of paying the ransom and also there’s no […] Read more »