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Data Breach Threats Remain The Bane of mHealth

Data Breach Threats Remain The Bane of mHealth   security mobile security mHealth health data breach data When it comes to the adoption of mHealth, the threat of patient data breaches continues to imperil the industry’s growth.

Citing data from a small survey that was conducted at the HIMSS14 conference last month, QRcodepress reports that “mHealth adoption could be facing some hurdles until it undergoes some improvements in the area of security.”

The risk of data breaches was the top major barrier identified to be in the way of mobile health technology adoption. After that was the ability to meet compliance and regulatory requirements for the security and privacy of patient information.

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TrueVault Making Strides for mHealth

TrueVault Making Strides for mHealth   TrueVault patient privacy mHealth news mHealth In the last round of bills to pass through Congress, we saw a slate of healthcare reform acts, as well as a stimulus package, which was designed to help jumpstart President Obama’s efforts to encourage for more affordable healthcare.

One of the provisions introduced in an aforementioned bill calls for new HIPAA regulations and advanced security protocols for patient information. These regulations significantly impact the ways that technology companies have been developing apps and software for hospitals and doctors’ offices.

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Hackers Responsible for Massive HIPAA Security Breach

Hackers Responsible for Massive HIPAA Security Breach   security breach patient privacy Mobile Devices mHealth HIPAA Regrettably, a recent security breach by hackers has now been exposed as one of the biggest HIPAA security breaches in history.

New published reports indicate that hackers managed to infilitrate a server belonging to a Texas healthcare system. In the process, health information of more than 400,000 people was compromised.

The five-hospital St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, Texas, on Tuesday reported it had experienced a three-day long data security attack back in December, when certain parties gained unauthorized access to a server containing patient and employee Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and medical information.

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The First Practice Found In Breech of The HITECH Act

The First Practice Found In Breech of The HITECH Act   security HITECH act healthcare Breech of The HITECH Act In 2009, the HITECH Act was put into place to protect the privacy and security of patient information that is stored on portable electronic tools and devices. Last week in Concord, Massachusetts, Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. was the first to pay a settlement for a HITECH Act violations. They agreed to the amount of $150,000 that will be paid to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights.

The settlement is in response to a thumb drive that contained protected health information for 2,000 patients. The thumb drive was stolen out of one of the Dermatology employee’s cars.

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The Role of Privacy and Security Innovation

The Role of Privacy and Security Innovation   security privacy mobile innovation The desire to categorize and sort is a basic feature of our human brains.  Some of us are better at it than others. Ken Kleinberg of The Advisory Board Company is especially adept at clear categorization of mobile health/mobility categories.

In Ken’s presentation at the mHealth Summit event in Washington D.C. last week, he presented a simple summary categorization of all things mobility in the healthcare world.  I appreciated the structure and how it lends itself to discussing where mobility initiatives fit, and how a day in the life of a healthcare professional or a patient – can be touched by mobile services.

Ken says that what one may be doing with mobile healthcare can fit into one of five categories:

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App Allegedly Leaks Sensitive Medical Info

App Allegedly Leaks Sensitive Medical Info   Mobile Apps mhealth security mHealth app medical privacy iPharmacy Google Play Appthority Proving once again that mHealth apps are not immune to security threats, iPharmacy is taking substantial heat today for purportedly leaking medical information online.

According to PCMag, which cites a report from Appthority, this app “has some serious problems.”

“For an app that has earned a top developer award from Google Play, [we] found it to be one of the top offenders when it comes to risky privacy behaviors for apps in the health or medical category,” explains Appthority Chief Architect and Co-Founder Kevin Watkins.

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Infographic: The Cost Of Unsecured Healthcare Records

Infographic: The Cost Of Unsecured Healthcare Records    secure healthcare records infographic CDW healthcare CDW Health recently shared an alarming infographic that should be a cautionary tale to those in the healthcare industry who aren’t taking adequate security measures with regard to electronic health records.

Unsecured records are, indeed, very costly, as the shared visual below conveys.

From data breaches, HIPAA breaches, and even general record breaches, all the costs add up to an outcome that can and should be avoided at all costs.

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