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If you have a yard, chances are you’ve spent hours this fall raking up thousands of fallen leaves. Have you ever wondered which leaf on the tree fell first?
It’s impossible to say, but it gives you an idea of the challenge organizations in a health insurance exchange (HIX) face when trying to pinpoint the source of a breach—in this analogy, a breach is like a leaf. Consider all that data flowing everywhere among all those entities. And we thought data breaches were complicated before!Read More »
You’ve felt it for years—the weight of securing private health information as part of a typical compliance program, now add the complexity of information flowing through a health insurance exchange and you may feel your knees start to buckle. Especially as Health Insurance Exchanges (HIXs) face new security and privacy issues—read this article for more on that. How do you ensure that your information is secure when traversing the exchanges?Read More »
The Office for Civil Rights has always been a daunting place to me. They are the U.S. Federal government. How could that not be intimidating? They have the full capability and authority to not only investigate you and your organization, but to fine your organization for multiple reasons in accordance with the law. Well, the good news is that I have worked alongside OCR for many years and they have always had good advice and recommendations along the way.Read More »
Well, the obvious answer is that acting as Dr. No can impede innovation and delivery of business value, not to mention its career limiting affects. If you are associated with the Healthcare industry, you are witnessing the biggest transformation any industry has gone through. Whether you are a CISO at a Provider, a Payer, or a Healthcare Business Associate (BA), there’s little resembling business as usual. So much is changing so fast that the goal posts for meeting your security & privacy obligations and keeping your patients and members’ data secure seem farther than ever before. You are expected to be an enabler of sharing ever-larger amounts of sensitive patient & member data with authorized entities, not a blocker.Read More »
Have you ever tried to wrangle an octopus? Neither have I, but I imagine the six-arm advantage of the octopus would quickly overpower my best efforts. Health plans and other participants in the Healthcare Insurance Exchange (HIX) face a similar challenge when it comes to security, particularly with risk analysis.Read More »
This year at PLUS International there were more cyber related sessions than ever before as this increasingly becomes an area of focus for more underwriters. The session I was invited to speak at, Cyber Insurance 3.0 Cutting Edge Advancements in Coverage and Services, covered some of the changes to coverage including new product developments.Read More »
I had been waiting for this question to be asked. Now it seems like almost overnight that everyone, including members of Congress and the Obama Administration, is asking about the level of security of the U.S. government’s new health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov. The impetus for the elevated level of interest and scrutiny seems to be a September 27th memo internal to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that discussed security concerns and is extensively quoted in an ABC News article.Read More »
Last week saw the highest attendance ever at the Cyber Liability Forum in Marina Del Rey. It was a who’s who for Cyber insurance carriers, brokers, state regulators and a few vendors as well. There were many great sessions but I wanted to highlight a few of the take-a-ways that I had from the event.Read More »
I recently returned from the weeklong Gartner Group 2013 Symposium/IT Expo in Orlando where over 12,000 CIOs and IT professional from across many industries, including Healthcare were in attendance. Healthcare CIOs are expected to use innovation and use emerging technologies to become data brokers and data stewards in the new brave world of connected and mobile healthcare services delivery.Read More »
Experian is in the news again. While most recently due to their supporting role as a subcontractor in the new federal government health insurance exchange that has been having technical and availability problems (Software, Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website, Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2013), the subject of this write-up concerns their role in the recent controversy in South Carolina, in which the nature of Experian’s business practices have come into question.Read More »
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