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OCR issues warning on third-party apps

June 14, 2016 Washington — The U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has issued a warning on the risks of using third-party application software by entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Noting that "third-party application software security vulnerabilities are on the rise," the office recommends that covered entities and business associates consider taking steps such as:

  • Installing software patches and updating versions promptly.
  • Reviewing software license agreements for risks that can make patient information vulnerable.
  • Looking out for firewall prompts when installing software.
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