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Aligning Strategy and Tactics: Dallas CHIME LEAD Forum Experts Tackle the Issues

December 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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In a series of lively discussion panels on December 6 at the CHIME LEAD Forum in Dallas, healthcare IT and healthcare IT security leaders looked at some of the core challenges facing the leaders of U.S. patient care organizations

NSF Awards $76M to Support Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Research

December 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced $76 million in research grants through its Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program to study the scientific, engineering and socio-technical aspects of cybersecurity.

Experian: Healthcare Orgs will Continue to be Heavily Targeted by Hackers in 2017

November 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In its fourth annual “Data Breach Industry Forecast” white paper, Costa Mesa, Calif.-based security company Experian gives five data breach trends that are expected to unfold in 2017.

OCR Issues Alert about Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Email

November 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an alert Monday regarding a phishing email disguised as an official OCR audit communication.

UMass Will Pay $650,000 to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

November 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a malware infection back in 2013.

Washington Debrief: Lawmakers Explore Cyber Risks of Connected Devices, IoT in Hearing

November 21, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a joint hearing last week to examine the role of connected devices, including medical devices, and their role in recent cyber attacks.

October Cybersecurity Report: 35 PHI Incidents, 776K Records Breached

November 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of reported healthcare data breaches is down for the second straight month, but October still did see 35 protected health information (PHI) security incidents, totaling 776,533 records breached.

Surveys: Ransomware Attacks Continue to Increase Rapidly

November 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Ransomware attacks across all sectors continued to increase rapidly during the first nine months of 2016, with most organizations getting infected because an employee clicks on a malicious attachment or a bad link in an email message, according to Beazley Breach...

During Congressional Hearing, Security Experts Cite Need for IoT Security Regulations

November 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The lack of adequate security standards for connected devices poses significant risks to the country’s digital infrastructure and could result in serious consequences if cyberattacks target medical devices in particular, according to several security experts...

Let’s Think Internationally about Healthcare Policy Challenges—and Where HIT Fits In

November 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The results of a new, 11-nation study of healthcare consumers, are shedding light on some of the challenges—and opportunities facing the U.S. healthcare system—along with opportunities for IT leaders

Infusion Errors, Poor Software Management among Top 10 Health Technology Hazards

November 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The ECRI Institute rated infusion errors, missed ventilator alarms and poor software management as some of the top health technology safety hazards for 2017.

Two Separate Hacking Incidents Affect 45,000 Patients

November 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Officials at Denton, Texas-based Integrity Transitional Hospital reported that approximately 29,500 patient records were affected by a hacking incident on a network server.

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