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Servers Cause Most Health Breaches, C-Suite Lacks Funds to Fight Threats

June 17, 2019

Clearwater finds the majority of health breaches last year were caused in some way by a server, while a CynergisTek report found a lack of resources, tools, and talent make it difficult for the C-suite to keep up with the threat landscape.

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ClinOne Works with Uber Health to Improve Patient Access to Trials

June 12, 2019

ClinOne is now integrated with Uber Health to provide patient transportation services to clinical trial sites.

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Uber Health Exec: ‘There’s So Much We Can Do When It Comes to Home Care’

June 9, 2019

As Medicare Advantage (MA) plans prepare to expand their supplemental benefits in 2020 to cover even more non-medical services, players from a growing number of industries are hopping on board. That includes ride-hailing companies such as Lyft (Nasdaq: LYFT) and Uber (NYSE: UBER), which say seniors are a driving force in their health care businesses. The competitors have been vocal about the need to tackle social determinants of health, with MA plans becoming an increasingly popular vehicle to make it happen.

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NBC10 Responds: 2 Medical Companies Reveal Massive Data Breaches

June 6, 2019

Two medical companies have revealed massive data breaches. Nearly 20 million patients have been exposed because of it. Jon Moore, SVP & Chief Risk Officer provides perspective on the impact of this third-party data breach. 

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Quest Diagnostics: Data on 12 Million Patients Exposed

June 4, 2019

A data breach at American Medical Collection Agency has affected nearly 12 million patients who had lab tests performed by Quest Diagnostics. The incident, which appears to be the biggest health data breach to be revealed so far in 2019, exposed financial data, Social Security numbers and certain medical information, the lab test firm reports. In a statement Monday, Secaucus, New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics says AMCA, based in Elmsford, New York, informed the lab testing firm in May that an “unauthorized user” had access to AMCA’s system containing personal information the collections agency received from various entities, including from Quest.

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AHIMA Advantage: Anticipating Privacy, Security Changes Ahead—Going Back To Basics

June 3, 2019

Other developing issues could affect privacy and security rules, says Wes Morris, CHP, CIPM, HCISPP, Managing Principal Consultant, Clearwater, Mountain Home, ID. For example, opium reporting rules are evolving differently state by state, creating a challenge for HIM professionals to understand which rules apply to them and how they sync with federal regulations, says Morris, who also co-chairs the Privacy and Security Practice Council.”…I would encourage the industry as a whole to,  first and foremost, make sure what you have in place is working for you and meeting the needs of two groups: patients, whose information you are there to protect and manage, and the staff of your organization, who have to work within your policies and procedures.”

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Roundtable: Cybersecurity

May 31, 2019

Cybersecurity continues to be an important and hot topic in health care, especially in the HTM community. TechNation quizzed some industry experts and educators about cybersecurity in search of information and tips to help readers. Participating in the roundtable discussion on cybersecurity are Medigate Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Langer, Cynerio CEO and Founder Leon Lerman, Clearwater Chief Risk Officer and Senior Vice President of Professional Services Jon Moore, CyberMDX Vice President of Business Development Safi Oranski, Nuvolo Vice President of Product Marketing Ben Person, Texas State Technical College-Waco Associate Professor of Biomedical Equipment Technology Garrett Seeley and Extreme Networks Director of Healthcare Solutions Bob Zemke.

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Cyber Threat Firm’s Error Exposes Health Data of 1.6M Puerto Ricans

May 25, 2019

As many as 1.6 million individuals in Puerto Rico may have their health information exposed because of a snafu by an information technology vendor. Inmediata Health Group operates a database that captures current cyber threats and assesses, remediates and monitors risks to critical business systems and data. In January, Inmediata became aware that protected data was viewable online because a web page setting permitted search engines to index internal webpages used for business operations.

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Press Releases

Clearwater Partners with NSA Centers of Academic Excellence To Advance Cyber Defense Education

Clearwater Partners with NSA Centers of Academic Excellence To Advance Cyber Defense Education Company’s IRM|Pro Software Prepares Students to Meet […]

Clearwater Adds Cybersecurity Expert Cathie Brown as Vice President of Professional Services

Clearwater, a top-ranked provider of healthcare cyber risk software and consulting services, today announced the appointment of Cathie Brown as Vice President, Professional Services. Ms. Brown brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, health information technology, health information security and consulting.

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Understanding What Constitutes OCR-Quality Risk Analysis™

In the first half of 2019, there were 223 reported breaches affecting 10.2 million individuals, an increase of 167% over the same period in 2018. These figures do not include the widely publicized American Medical Collections Agency breach, which is estimated to have affected at least 22 million individuals on its own.

Understanding the True Cost of a Data Breach

In the case of American Medical Collection Agency’s (AMCA) highly publicized data breach, the cost proved unrecoverable as the 42-year-old parent company Retrieval-Masters Credit Bureau filed for bankruptcy just weeks after disclosing the breach.
Organizations should calculate the risk of a data breach, not only for covered entities but also for their business associates. A breach of your patient data will affect your organization, even if it’s by a business associate.

State Attorney General HIPAA Enforcement Ramps Up, Value of an OCR-Quality Risk Analysis™ Has Never Been Higher

Many Chief Information Security Officers and Chief Compliance Officers often express concern to us about the potential disruption and cost that can come from an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigation, not to mention the reputational damage that will result from a settlement or monetary penalty. An appearance on the wall of shame is a mere blemish compared to the negative publicity of an OCR fine or settlement. However, the possibility of a State Attorney General (AG) action is often underestimated and overlooked. If a State AG enforcement is not top of mind for you and your board, it should be.

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