Privacy and Security

Understanding and applying current healthcare regulations promoting protection of medical information and the electronic transmission of health information; and acting as the patient’s advocate for their understanding of their rights in regards to protected health information on any applicable analog or digital medium.

Cybersecurity Awareness / Ransomware: What You Need to Know

October 18, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

Healthcare has experienced an increase in cyber-attacks: hacking, phishing, ransomware and other malicious software. Experts anticipate that cyber-attacks will continue to specifically target the healthcare industry.

Phishing is the most common way ransomware is delivered. More than 20% of email recipients open phishing emails and approximately 12% click on an attachment or embedded link. Unfortunately, just one computer user clicking on one link within an email or while visiting a website can lead to a catastrophic compromise of the hospital’s data or infrastructure.

The danger posed by cyber-attacks has also become a patient safety issue. The ‘WannaCry’ and ‘Petya’ ransomware attacks affected many healthcare organizations, including wreaking havoc for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

If a healthcare organization does experience ransomware, it must also determine if there is a reportable breach.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the evolving cybersecurity landscape: Threats, threat agents, malicious code, etc.
  • Explain phishing and ransomware
  • Describe the process for properly investigating, containing, and recovering from an incident
  • Discuss the challenges of treating ransomware as a breach unless the organization can prove differently, per the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
  • Discuss tips for preventing ransomware

Speaker: Tom Walsh, CISSP

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How to Prevent a Breach: Five Best Practices to Protect Your Patients and Organization

July 13, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Although much attention is paid to breaches caused by criminal hacking and thefts, more than 40 percent of Protected Health Information (PHI) breaches are due to “unintentional employee negligence,” which can be attributed to inconsistent organizational policies, processes not being followed, and uncertainty amongst staff with different levels of training and experience. This presentation will explore the latest trends and statistics related to PHI breaches, both on the state and national level, and recommend five best practices healthcare organizations can adopt to lower their likelihood of PHI breach.

Speaker: Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB

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VA/DC HFMA Fall Education Conference

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OAHIMA Fall Quarterly Meeting

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