FairWarning Year in Review: Top 10 Articles Detailing the Importance of Privacy in Healthcare

Creating a culture of patient data privacy, insider threats, interoperability – 2019 saw an increase in awareness on the importance of privacy in healthcare, the ethical use of AI, and IT challenges that specialized medical centers face. Curious to know what readers were most interested in this past year? Here, we present the 2019 year in review that contains the year’s 10 most popular pieces of healthcare content from the FairWarning Insights and Research hub.

1. 5 Types of Insider Threats in Healthcare – and How to Mitigate Them

Last year’s top healthcare article of the year involves insider threats – and for good reason. According to the 2019 Verizon Insider Threat report, 46% of healthcare organizations across the board have been impacted by them. Insider threats have been so pervasive that in the healthcare industry specifically, more breaches were caused by insiders than outside actors.

This blog post goes in-depth to describe the five personalities of insider threats that plague healthcare organizations along with ways to allay these risks to protect your patients’ sensitive data from a potentially disastrous breach.

2. Top 5 Challenges Academic Medical Centers (AMC) Face

Academic Medical Centers (AMC) are renowned for their innovation, research, and specialized care. But because EHR users include more than just employees and business associates – and because AMCs serve some of the most sensitive populations – they face a series of unique challenges to patient data privacy and security. This blog post details the top five hurdles AMCs face with steps you can take to overcome them.

3. 4 Benefits of User Activity Monitoring for Healthcare Privacy

Healthcare organizations can have up to thousands of users who have access to sensitive patient health information, which can lead to the risk of unauthorized access. From identifying snooping to rooting out insider threats, this blog post details four key benefits of user activity monitoring to maintain the privacy of healthcare data.

4. 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Patient Data Privacy in Healthcare

From developing policies and personnel dedicated to privacy and security, adopting patient privacy monitoring, training users, strengthening security, and leveraging AI, this blog post details the top five steps you can take to build a robust culture of patient data privacy at your healthcare organization.

5. Memorial Healthcare System’s Privacy and Security Comeback: From Reported Breach to Patient Privacy Excellence

In 2012, Memorial Healthcare suffered a breach that led to a $5.5 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a record-breaking fine for its time. But in the years following the breach, the health system bounced back to create a world-class privacy program that’s currently recognized as a patient privacy leader. How did they accomplish this? Read their success story to discover more about Memorial Healthcare’s celebrated comeback.

6. AI in Healthcare: 5 Privacy & Security Considerations When Leveraging the Latest Technology

From improving patient outcomes to increased efficiency and galvanized patient information security, artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionary benefits for healthcare. But with challenges like inherent bias and maintaining data integrity, how can privacy and security professionals ensure that AI is being used ethically? In this blog post, gain insight from liana Peters, Shareholder at Polsinelli, and Chris Arnold, FairWarning’s VP of Product Management & Engineering, on the ethical and legal considerations surrounding AI in healthcare.

7. How Privacy and Security Can Overcome Interoperability Challenges in Healthcare

Interoperability was a buzzword in healthcare throughout 2019 – but what impact does it have on patient data privacy and security? This blog post explains the definition of interoperability in healthcare and how to overcome the challenges of data sharing between systems to ensure that PHI is safely handled.

8. E-book: How to Create a Culture of Privacy in Healthcare

Maintaining patient privacy is an ongoing necessity for healthcare organizations across the board, but it’s not enough to cover the bare minimum for HIPAA compliance to ensure the confidentiality of PHI. To truly protect sensitive data while preventing a dangerous and costly data breach, you must create a system-wide culture where everyone with access to PHI does the right thing even if they know they’re not being watched. This e-book will help you build and maintain a culture of privacy where everyone from the top down is responsible for protecting patient data.

9. Best Practices for Avoiding False Positives for Healthcare Data Security

For privacy, compliance, and security professionals, investigating alerts is an essential part of the job. But when many of the alerts are false positives, it’s not only frustrating, but it can also distract from true threats. But are false positives a necessary evil? Read this blog post for best practices for avoiding false positives to streamline your workload while protecting patient data security.

10. ThedaCare Secures Its Patient Data with a Proactive Privacy Monitoring Program

Thedacare is a community-owned health system located in northeast Wisconsin dedicated to providing world-class healthcare to their patients. As they experienced rapid growth, they needed a way to stay HIPAA compliant while meeting the expectations of the community they serve. After adopting FairWarning’s Patient Privacy Intelligence and Managed Privacy Services, Thedacare was able to establish a proactive privacy program while creating a culture of privacy, security, and compliance throughout their organization.