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Mitigating PHI Danger In The Cloud

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

By Rick Kam For all of its benefits, cloud computing poses very real dangers to covered entities responsible for safeguarding protected health information (PHI). The cloud model, which the IT industry has been embracing for its up-front cost savings and efficiencies for years now, is more recently being recognized by the healthcare realm for its potential […]


Data Breaches Of Small Business, Including Doctor Offices, On The Rise

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

A report says cyber criminals are seeking what they consider easy targets. By Pamela Lewis Dolan Small organizations, including physician practices, represented the largest number of data breaches in 2011, according to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The report examined 855 breaches across the globe that accounted for 174 million compromised records in 2011. […]


Debriefing The PHI Report: Determining The True Cost Of A Data Breach

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

DEBRIEFING THE PHI REPORT: DETERMINING THE TRUE COST OF A DATA BREACH By Jenny Laurello This week I had the chance to listen to a webinar highlighting the recently released report on The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information. Released on March 5, the “PHI Report” has already been downloaded by more than 1,700 users, with its goal being […]


March 21 Free Webinar to Highlight Finding From The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

NEW YORK, — On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. ET, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), The Santa Fe Group/Shared Assessments Program Healthcare Working Group, and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) will host a free webinar to help health care organizations assess security risks and help them build a business case to better […]


New Report Highlights The Costs of Document Security Breaches for Healthcare Providers

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

The American National Standards Institute has released a report emphasizing the business incentives for healthcare providers to improve their IT security, and the potential costs of failures to increase security protocols. The report notes that the healthcare industry’s move toward fully adopting electronic health records increases the opportunities for protected health information (PHI) to be […]


Healthcare Security Pros Need To Speak The Language Of Finance

Posted on at 10:12 am

Experts say PHI protectors can’t pay for data protection because they don’t know how to make the business case for it. As the number of healthcare data breaches continues to snowball, executives put in charge of safeguarding protected health information (PHI) can’t keep up with the risks inherent with increased deployment of electronic health records […]


ANSI Releases Business Case For Safeguarding PHI Data

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released a report on protected health information (PHI) security, namely, The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security, which offers a novel means of evaluating PHI at risk. The report would enable healthcare providers to conceive a business case for the investment […]


Nobody Cares About HIPAA

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

Compliance in many organizations is seen as only a costly inconvenience By Glenn S. Phillips Sometimes clarity comes out of the blue, including clarity about compliance issues. Recently I was meeting with friend and business associate Ben Drake. His company works with networking and data protection technology for a number of businesses. I mentioned how some organizations […]


How To Calculate The Cost Of A Hospital Data Breach

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

By Ron Shinkman Although hospital operators know that a data breach can lead to significant consequences–lawsuits, loss of business and reputation–a new report by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) can help them place a specific price tag on such mishaps. The report released last week includes a section on what it refers to as “PHIve”–a five-step process […]


5 Best Practices for HIPAA Security

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

By Michelle McNickle The risk of protected health information being breached has grown dramatically within the past few years, and to combat the threat, the HIPAA Security Rule was created to provide organizations with administrative, physical, and technical guidelines to safeguard their electronic PHI. “The guidelines underscore a higher goal of the HIPAA Security Rule: helping […]