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Football season is underway. Fans paint their faces, grab artery-clogging hotdogs, and yell the opposing team into oblivion. We must apply that same fervor to fighting medical identity theft. The Ponemon Institute’s 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft received national coverage—NBCNews.com, The Wall Street Journal, CNNMoney.com and CNN to name a few—highlighting the societal nature of this crime.Read More »
Over the past 10 years I have seen many organizations experience a breach of PII and PHI. Many companies now realize that breaches are something that can happen to them, not just “the other guy.” This awareness has increased at all levels, from consumers to the executive suite, due in part to legislation like HIPAA, HITECH, Red Flag, and state data breach notification laws that require disclosure and corrective actions. The type of data breached has also evolved from PII to now include PHI, specifically health insurance numbers to commit medical identity theft and healthcare fraud. Every study we see on this topic indicates that the significant value of healthcare data—$50 a record on the black market—to bad actors, along with the complexity of securing the healthcare ecosystem, makes it vulnerable to these kinds of crimes.Read More »
Medical identity theft is the latest threat to affect patients—especially senior citizens. Although medical identity theft can make a victim of anyone who seeks healthcare, there are factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of becoming a victim of medical identity theft. One is age. Simply being a senior citizen can elevate a person’s chances of falling prey to this crime.Read More »
One of the significant new trends in the use of technology in healthcare comes from doctors and patients using smartphones and other mobile devices like tablets . The technology helps improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare delivery. The most recent third annual Ponemon study on patient privacy and data security found that 81% of the healthcare organizations surveyed permitted employees to use their own mobile devices at work. There are many apparent benefits, some I can think of are:Read More »
How many healthcare organizations allow their staff to use their smartphone at work to send/receive email, check calendars, access electronic patient records systems, etc.?
81% of the organizations in a recent study by Ponemon Institute.Read More »
As Chair of the PHI Protection Network Forum, I am proud to say our first annual PPN Forum that was held in Boston on March 12 and 13, 2013 was a success!Read More »
You have an important budget approval meeting coming up with your executive management, to review the HIPAA privacy, compliance, and security initiatives in your budget this year. Are you ready?
Here are some of the questions you will need to be prepared for:Read More »
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