Privacy & Security

Doctor texting.
By Laura Lovett October 17, 2018
Texting between doctors and patients has become more commonplace in recent years. But before the two parties start sharing every intimate detail, experts urge providers to take a step back and consider security. HIPAA guidelines HIPAA permits “readily producible”private health information to be transferred to a patient through their preferred medium, as long as the provider can do so in a way...
Cloud illustration with padlock.
By Jonah Comstock October 15, 2018
In the last few years, cloud computing has moved from an option for healthcare providers to, increasingly, a business necessity. By outsourcing data management to a cloud services company, hospitals can free up their own technical staff to do more work closer to their core competencies. “Microsoft coming along with a public cloud infrastructure, once upon a time, seemed like an unlikely...
Doctor using a medical imaging device.
By Dave Muoio October 11, 2018
Between high-profile hacks and hospitals’ growing dependency on connected medical devices, cybersecurity is as relevant to healthcare as it’s ever been. And while providers and device manufacturers are rightfully making protection a priority for newly developed or purchased medical devices, older legacy devices pose the greatest security risk to healthcare organizations. "There are any number of...
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By HIMSS TV July 10, 2018
  */ Focus on Innovation In September, we take a deep dive into the cutting-edge development and disruption of healthcare innovation.
Handshake.
By Leontina Postelnicu June 6, 2018
Health Data Research UK (HDR-UK) will lead the delivery of a new Digital Innovation Hub programme that will allow the industry to develop innovative solutions and treatments to diagnose diseases earlier by using real-world evidence from the health service. Sir John Bell’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy from August 2017 set out a vision to create up to five hubs covering regions of three to...
user accounts of MyHeritage genealogy website breached
June 6, 2018
Genealogy and DNA testing service site MyHeritage is notifying 92,283,889 users that their account information was compromised. According to the notice, a security researcher notified MyHeritage on June 4 after discovering a file containing user log-in and hashed password information on a private server not owned by the genealogy site. The site’s security reviewed the file and confirmed it...
Big Data illustration.
By Leontina Postelnicu March 8, 2018
A team of international researchers are urging the health and science community to ‘redouble its commitment’ to be open and transparent and deliver effective and robust governance frameworks under which personal health information can be used following recent data harvesting controversies. Programmes addressing global health challenges, such as the 100,000 Genomes Project or the US Cancer...
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By HP Healthcare November 30, 2017
But more than half of respondents underestimate the risks of improperly sanitized devices. In April 2017, UC Irvine Medical Center reported 10 newborns in one of its neonatal intensive care units tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. While none of the infants died, the medical center was unable to locate the source of the infection, according to the Los...