A flurry of hacking incidents and other recent breach developments highlight the cyberthreats and risks facing fertility healthcare and other related specialty providers that handle sensitive patient information.
A federal law signed earlier this year amending the HITECH Act could help incentivize many healthcare sector entities to bolster their cybersecurity programs, says federal adviser Erik Decker, CISO of Intermountain Health, who suggest other incentives, as well.
The Department of Health and Human Services has named Lisa J. Pino - a former Department of Homeland Security official charged with mitigating the massive 2015 cyberattack on Office of Personnel Management - as the new director of its HIPAA enforcement agency.
The acquisition of the SAFE Identity consortium and its trust framework by DirectTrust, best known for creating and maintaining trust frameworks for secure email messaging in healthcare, will help facilitate new secure health information exchange use cases, says DirectTrust CEO Scott Stuewe.
Effectively managing the cybersecurity of thousands of medical devices takes a highly collaborative approach and "delicate balance" between IT security leaders, biomedical staff and others, say Baptist Health Care's CISO, Thad Philips, and the senior manager of the biomedical program, Tony Williams.
Being the CISO of a pharma sector means you are accountable for the decisions made, ensure that you make the best use of the funds, resources and skills, and are capable of translating business requirements into cyber solutions, says Agnidipta Sarkar, group CISO at Biocon, as he takes up the new role.
The growth in the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis means that healthcare providers must carefully reassess and bolster the security of the connected devices, applications and systems used, says Kelly Rozumalski of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
In the year ahead, healthcare organizations must be prepared to face an assortment of advancing security threats, including those that damage the integrity of critical patient data, says Rod Piechowski of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted an array of evolving patient privacy issues that legislators and regulators will need to address in the year ahead, say government policy experts Mari Savickis and Cassie Leonard of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against Google and the University of Chicago Medicine involving complex privacy and other issues related to the use of patients' de-identified electronic health record data. But the court left the door open to filing an amended complaint.
The eHealth Initiative and the Center for Democracy and Technology are seeking feedback on their draft privacy framework that addresses gaps in legal protections for consumer health data falling outside of HIPAA's regulatory umbrella, says eHI CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick.
The need for enhanced business agility and secure remote access to support digital transformation has led to the adoption of the security access service edge, or SASE, model, says Rajpreet Kaur, senior principal analyst at Gartner.
Healthcare professionals are on the front line in the war against COVID-19, and cybersecurity leaders bear unique pressure to support and secure their efforts. But amid this crisis, Anahi Santiago, CISO of ChristianaCare, also sees tremendous strides in telehealth delivery.
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