Articles By Megan Williams

  1. Data Breach Affecting 59K Announced By Ohio Mental Health Department
    5/20/2016

    The Ohio Department Of Mental Health And Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has announced a wide-reaching breach to affected patients. By Megan Williams, contributing writer

  2. Blockchain And Big Data: A Solution To Healthcare’s Biggest Problem
    5/19/2016

    Even as Big Data has ushered in excited conversations around a future shaped by population health and predictive analytics, the healthcare industry continues to struggle with challenges around interoperability, data silos, security, and other concerns. By Megan Williams, contributing writer

  3. OIG Finds 129 Medicare Security Gaps
    5/17/2016

    The OIG, the nation’s largest office dedicated to combatting waste and fraud within HHS programs, has released its review of Medicare contractors for fiscal year 2014. While some improvements were found, overall, most contractors have room for growth.

  4. Do New NIST Standards Mean A New Day For Healthcare Encryption?
    5/11/2016

    A new set of cryptographic standards released by the NIST could impact practices around healthcare data encryption.

  5. Healthcare Organizations Still Trust Slow-Moving Compliance Regulations Despite Risk
    5/5/2016

    The regulatory environment in healthcare is becoming increasingly complex, but healthcare organizations are still managing to keep up. Unsurprisingly, this has created an environment where compliance with regulations frequently takes precedence over actual security.

  6. Unsecured Databases, Unauthorized Vendor Access Cause Of Recent Breaches
    4/29/2016

    Recent data breaches in Pennsylvania and Florida have been connected to unsecured databases and unauthorized vendor access.

  7. Encryption: The New Focus Of Healthcare Organizations
    4/22/2016

    Patient data may actually be safer today than it was at the time of the Anthem Breach. According to HealthData Management, this is largely due to hospital CISOs using encryption more extensively — a practice Anthem wasn’t engaging in at the time of attack.

  8. Apple Announces New Middlewear Solution To Gather Patient Information
    4/19/2016

    Your clients interested in patient engagement and HCAHPS scores should make note of Apple’s most recent middleware announcement, Apple CareKit. The new software framework is designed to facilitate the development of apps that aid patients in actively managing their medical conditions.

  9. EMV Chips Prompting Massive Fraud Bills
    4/12/2016

    If any of your healthcare clients aren't using EMV payment systems, they might be at risk for enormous fraud bills.

  10. 316 Security Incidents Revealed Around Healthcare.Gov
    4/5/2016

    The poor state of security at CMS’ Federal Data Services Hub has been revealed in a report released March 23. According to FierceGovernmentIT, the report included the surprising announcement that Healthcare.gov was victim to 316 security incidents over a 17-month period. While the GAO is still concerned about the technical controls used to protect information that flows in and out of the site and to federal partners’ data systems, they are reporting that none of the incidents resulted in systems being compromised or any sensitive data being leaked.