HHS Urges Health Systems to Prioritize Cybersecurity Measures

January 16th, 2024

Healthcare cybersecurity incidents have more than doubled since 2018, while ransomware attacks have surged close to 300%. This tsunami of cybercrime has led to extensive care disruptions, patient safety risks, and an increased strain on the already overwhelmed healthcare sector.

AI Could Increase the Number of Healthcare Breaches: How Healthcare Organizations Can Mitigate the Risks

December 15th, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force that promises to revolutionize the way care is delivered as we know it. From enhancing diagnostics and patient care to streamlining administrative tasks and contributing to medical research, its potential seems limitless.

However, with all of its promises, there are increasing concerns about the many risks, especially when it comes to the security of sensitive healthcare data.

Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

December 1st, 2023

The rapid adoption of smart wearable technology among consumers has been fuelling growth across the industry. In fact, the U.S. wearable technology market was valued at 61 billion in 2022 and is expected to see significant growth of nearly 15% from 2023 to 2030.

How to Spot a Phishing Email (Part 2)

November 16th, 2023

In Part 1 of our "How to Spot a Phishing Email" series, we identified what phishing is and how to spot it. In Part 2 of the series, we'll lay out some examples and guidance on what to do if phishing is suspected.

How to Spot a Phishing Email (Part 1)

November 1st, 2023

Cybercriminals have been increasingly targeting the healthcare industry, and phishing is one of the most common ways that they try to gain access to healthcare networks and sensitive patient data. Recognizing and avoiding phishing emails is crucial to protecting patient data and maintaining the safety and integrity of healthcare systems.

Is WhatsApp HIPAA Compliant?

October 2nd, 2023

In today’s digital era of instant messaging, healthcare professionals and organizations must consider the security and privacy aspects of the platforms they use to communicate with patients.
One very popular messaging app is WhatsApp, with an estimated 2.7 billion monthly active users. WhatsApp is used in healthcare settings for a variety of purposes.

Hospitals and Clinics Among the Most Dangerous Workplaces in America

September 15th, 2023

How Workplace Violence Prevention Training Can Help Healthcare Organizations Minimize Risk

Average cost of healthcare data breach reaches $11M

September 1st, 2023

Healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches, with costs increasing 53% since 2020, according to research conducted by the Ponemon Institute. In fact, the average cost of a healthcare data breach reached a whopping $11 million this year, and the number of healthcare data breaches have been on the rise nearly every year since 2009.

The 7 Deadly Sins of HIPAA and How Medical Practices Can Avoid Non-Compliance

August 1st, 2023

Most healthcare workers are familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and do their best to comply with HIPAA regulations. The majority of medical professionals understand that non-compliance can lead to severe consequences, including legal penalties, reputational damage, and loss of patient trust. Yet still, the healthcare sector accounts for the highest number of security breaches compared to any other industry. In fact, in 2021 alone, approximately 45 million healthcare records were stolen or compromised.

Understanding HIPAA Requirements for Social Media and Protecting Patient Privacy Online

July 14th, 2023

In today's digital age, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. However, for healthcare organizations and providers, navigating the world of social media can be complicated due to regulations set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

What Organization’s Need to Know About Hazard Communication

June 15th, 2023

What is Hazard Communication?

Hazard Communication, also known as HazCom, was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure employers and employees understand the hazards associated with the chemicals they work with. HazCom aims to reduce the risk of injury or illness caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals in the workplace.

What Employers Need to Know About OSHA Safety Training

June 5th, 2023

As an employer, workplace safety should always be a priority, so staying up-to-date on OSHA regulations and ensuring that employees receive the necessary training to maintain a safe and healthy work environment is essential. Below we will review some of the key requirements for OSHA safety training:

4 Keys to Success: Ensuring HIPAA Compliance in Today's Healthcare Landscape

May 15th, 2023

Most healthcare organizations and medical practices understand that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to safeguard the confidentiality, privacy and security of patients’ personal health information (PHI) and compliance is crucial to avoid legal penalties, financial losses, and reputational damage. However, still HIPAA-related incidents have been rapidly increasing over recent years.

What is Cybersecurity Awareness Training and Why is it Necessary?

May 2nd, 2023

Healthcare cyberattacks are on the rise, but according to one report, nearly a third of healthcare employees said they had never received cybersecurity training from their workplace.

What You Should Know About Increasing Violence in the Healthcare Workplace

April 17th, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic caused extensive stress across our healthcare system, leading to fewer resources, workforce shortages, exhaustion, burnout, and increasing rates of violence against healthcare workers. The American Hospital Association (AHA) found that 44% of nurses reported an increase in physical violence since the pandemic, and 68% reported an increase in verbal abuse.

The Benefits of Harassment and Discrimination Training and Why it is Necessary

April 3rd, 2023

According to a recent report by Glassdoor, 61% of U.S. employees have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace based on age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Additionally, more than one in five employees -- 23% -- worldwide have experienced violence or harassment at work.

8 Most Frequently Asked Questions About OSHA

March 15th, 2023

Employee training is a common topic of concern among healthcare and safety professionals. Effective training is required by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure a safe and healthy workplace for employees. In this article, we will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about OSHA and review training requirements that may apply to your organization.

7 Most Frequently Asked Questions About HIPAA

March 1st, 2023

HIPAA compliance can be a complex subject. If not careful, you can quickly end up on the wrong side of the law. As a national leader in HIPAA safety and compliance training, we receive hundreds of questions regarding HIPAA regulation. So, we have collected seven of the most frequently asked questions and answers about HIPAA.

Top 7 HIPAA Violations to Avoid

February 3rd, 2023

Most healthcare organizations, medical and dental practices are fully aware of the importance of HIPAA law and take all appropriate measures to protect their patient's health information. However, employees who are not up-to-date on HIPAA rules and regulations can sometimes put a healthcare facility at risk for a potential violation that could damage a practice's reputation and result in significant penalties or criminal and civil fines.

What You Need to Know About the Safe Harbor Act and What it Means for Your Practice

January 5th, 2023

The HIPAA Safe Harbor Act was signed into law by President Trump on January 5, 2021. The law states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must consider whether organizations have utilized best practices for cybersecurity when investigating a data breach and undertaking HIPAA enforcement actions.

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