Those in the healthcare industry witness the risks of not being prepared on a daily basis. No matter who you are, where you live or how invincible you believe you may be, nobody is immune to a crisis. Healthcare facilities have patients in critical care, important documents with sensitive and private patient records and visitors […]
Healthcare companies understand more than anyone that you should always be prepared for the unpredictable. At any given moment there can be an unplanned crisis and the only way to effectively manage a crisis is to have a rock solid business continuity plan (BCP). Each business, regardless of size should have a BCP that is […]
In September of 2016 the Federal Register announced a new regulation: Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. This regulation was created in order to ensure that every healthcare provider has implemented an emergency preparedness plan for both natural and man-made disasters. Failure to implement an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) by […]
The HIPAA Privacy Rule is the first national standard for the protection of personal health information (PHI). This standard was put in place to create consistency among the healthcare industry when it comes to protecting sensitive patient data, and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and all health care providers that conduct health care […]
Ransomware, according to the FBI, is a type of malware that infects computers, usually through pop-up messages or email attachments, and denies users access to their files and data or threatens the permanent destruction of this information unless a ransom is paid. Last year alone, 2,453 complaints about ransomware were filed with the FBI, costing […]
Federal officials confirmed yesterday that an information security breach of a Healthcare.gov server occurred late last month. The malware infection intended to launch denial-of-service attacks on other websites. Fortunately, the malware infiltrated a test server that contained no consumer data nor did it appear to target the website specifically.