While telehealth allows doctors and patients to speak using virtual connections in place of face-to-face visits, the use of the technology raises concerns over data collection. Blaise Wabo, Associate Director at A-LIGN, says blockchain combined with a robust security plan can help healthcare providers mitigate risks in Electronic Health Reporter. “Blockchain: Increasing Security In Telehealth (Electronic Health Reporter)”
Organizations around the world, especially ones in the HITRUST XChange program, are moving to quickly implement the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) for their organization. With the recent HITRUST CSF v9.2 update, organizations across all industries – not just healthcare – can benefit greatly from the HITRUST framework.
What is HITRUST?
Because of the number of patients seeing medical professionals every day and the nature of their visits, the healthcare industry faces unique security challenges that no other industry sees. “Understanding the HITRUST Inheritance Program”
In an effort to stabilize the health insurance market and provide additional ways for consumers to access coverage, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), have launched a new streamlined and simplified enhanced direct enrollment (EDE) process. “Operational Readiness Review for Enhanced Direct Enrollment Pathway”
Businesses continue to innovate and adopt new technologies with the goal of making operational processes more efficient. Recently, the newest technology trend, blockchain, has gained much attention from companies, technology innovators, and regulators. Although the technology itself is not new, it’s adoption into the commercial world is. “Security Considerations for Using Blockchain Technology in Healthcare”
SECURETexas was created per Texas House Bill 300 in 2011 to help covered entities in Texas demonstrate that they have met privacy and security standards to reduce regulatory penalties, mitigate risk, and increase business partner and consumer confidence in the protection of protected health information (PHI). “SECURETexas Certification – Is It Right for Your Organization?”
As the data breach landscape in the healthcare industry evolves, so do organizations and their compliance with regulatory requirements. Doing ‘nothing’ to protect healthcare data is no longer an acceptable approach for small healthcare entities. “HITRUST CSFBASICs: A New Framework Designed for Smaller Healthcare Organizations”
The HITRUST Alliance has appointed Steve Simmons, Director of Compliance at A-LIGN, and Blaise Wabo, Senior Manager at A-LIGN, to the HITRUST CSF Assessor Council. “HITRUST Appoints Steve Simmons and Blaise Wabo to the HITRUST CSF Assessor Council”
The healthcare environment is extremely dynamic, forcing organizations to find the right solution to match the rising challenges. Many of these solutions introduce new and emerging technologies, leaving healthcare organizations with increased vulnerabilities. Healthcare organizations of every size and type can be breached, so exploring every security solution is critical. In 2016, major cyber-attacks on healthcare increased by 63%, resulting in 93 major cyber-attacks including:
- Banner Health – 3.6 million records
- Newkirk Products – 3.4 million records
- 21st Century Oncology – 2.2 million records
As we move closer to year-end, many organizations begin strategic planning for 2018. Security and privacy statistics within healthcare underline new trends including emerging threats and evolving regulations. Considering these potential industry challenges, which are anticipated to grow in size and severity, A-LIGN has released Future of Healthcare: The Transforming Healthcare Industry.
This whitepaper can be used as a guide to educate your organization and its employees to begin appropriately preparing for 2018 security and compliance initiatives by providing valuable insights, regarding the industry, regulations, and the security measures your organization can enact to prevent and protect against a potential cyber-attack. A-LIGN’s experienced assessors have more than 20 years of experience in the data protection and security industry, and intimately understand the environment from both the client and assessor perspective.
“As we monitor and analyze the current healthcare landscape, it’s apparent that many organizations are becoming vulnerable to new and emerging risks. Therefore, we seek to empower our clients through education and security audits, to prevent them from becoming a victim of a cyberattack and enhancing their information security,” said Steve Simmons, HITRUST Assessor Council Board Member and Director of Compliance at A-LIGN.
The Future of Healthcare: The Transforming Healthcare Industry whitepaper provides your organization:
- An overview of the security and privacy landscape within healthcare including trends, statistics, and potential risks
- A review of the evolving healthcare regulations, specifically HITRUST, it’s recent revisions and the 2017 roadmap
- A description of compliance and audit solutions configured for both the healthcare industry and HITRUST regulation
To tackle information security challenges, organizations must begin to take the first step to protecting their data. Click here to download A-LIGN’s whitepaper, Future of Healthcare: The Transforming Healthcare Industry.