data security

By Jonah Comstock March 9, 2016
Last week at HIMSS, ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage talked about what HIPAA doesn't say. On Thursday, her predecessor, former ONC privacy chief Joy Pritts, talked about what HIPAA doesn't cover. Pritts, now a consultant, was joined by Morgan Reed, the executive director of ACT The App Association, in a talk about pitfalls providers can fall into when it comes to patient data privacy. "If I...
By Jonah Comstock January 13, 2016
According to a new report from data security company Arxan, even some FDA-cleared mobile health apps and apps recommended by the UK’s NHS are vulnerable to multiple security risks from the Open Web Application Security Project’s list of top ten mobile security vulnerabilities. On top of that, nearly half of health IT decision makers who oversee apps expect to be hacked in the next six months. “...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered. "Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...
By Jonah Comstock January 15, 2015
"Do-it-yourself healthcare", including mobile apps and consumer medical devices, is set to be the top healthcare trend of 2015, according to research and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC announced its top 10 predicted healthcare trends of 2015 in a webinar promoting their new report, and their top three are mobile health-related trends, with mobile and digital playing a role in several...
By Jonah Comstock July 16, 2014
Healthcare is falling behind other industries in prioritizing and attending to security concerns, according to a new report from security company ForeScout based on a survey conducted by IDG Connect. It's particularly true in the area of mobile device security, the report found. IDG surveyed 1,596 IT decision makers across the healthcare, education, financial, retail, and manufacturing markets....
By Aditi Pai July 9, 2013
This week, a study from the Ponemon Institute found that cloud based storage and mobile applications are the typical sources for safety concerns in clinical settings. The study, “The Risk of Regulated Data on Mobile Devices & in the Cloud,” which surveyed 781 IT and data security practitioners, found that 33 percent of respondents said that they need to access protected health information (...