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OIG Study Finds 60 Percent of Hospitals Experienced EHR Disruptions, Highlights Importance of Contingency Plans

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Close to 60 percent of hospitals have experienced an unplanned disruption to their EHR systems and a quarter of those hospitals experienced delays in patient care as a result, according to a study released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).

At iHT2-Denver, CISOs Offer Stimulating Insights into the Top IT Security Priorities Being Pursued by Industry Leaders

July 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Denver, Fernando Blanco-Dopazo, CISO at CHRISTUS Health, and Howard Haile, CISO at SCL Health, shared insights and perspectives on some of the most challenging issues facing CISOs today

HHS OCR Issues Guidance on Ransomware Attacks and HIPAA Breaches

July 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Is a ransomware attack on a healthcare organization’s computer system a breach under the HIPAA Privacy Rule? If the electronic protected health information (ePHI) has been encrypted as a result of ransomware, then yes, according to newly released guidance from...

At UPMC, Mastering the IT Management Issues—On a Massive Scale

June 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Chris Carmody, senior vice president of enterprise infrastructure at the vast, 20-plus-hospital UPMC health system in Pittsburgh, details his bold plans for the organization’s IT future

SAMHSA Awards Opioid Treatment Continuity Grant to Arizona HIE

June 22, 2016  |  David Raths
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, approximately 1,000 OTP patients couldn’t get access to treatment. SAMHSA is working with health information exchanges on continuity solutions.

CHIME Creates a New Cybersecurity Center and Program Office

May 31, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
news
CHIME announces the creation of a Cybersecurity Center and Program Office with the intention of helping to improve information-sharing and collaboratively develop and spread best practices around cybersecurity

Special Report on Data Security: With the Ransomware Crisis, the Landscape of Data Security Is Shifting

May 26, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Cybersecurity was already a major concern in healthcare—and that was before a string of ransomware attacks this spring shifted the landscape in this critical area. Now, industry experts are weighing in on the fundamental issues that face the healthcare...

Kansas Heart Hospital Hit With Ransomware; Hackers Do Not Unlock Files After Receiving Ransom Payment

May 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Wichita, Kan.-based Kansas Heart Hospital was hit with a ransomware attack last Wednesday, but after the hospital paid an undisclosed ransom, the hackers demanded more, according to local news reports.

Guest Blog: Same Old, Same Old: Why Are Providers So Far Behind on IT Security?

May 17, 2016  |  Mac McMillan
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Mac McMillan, CEO of the Austin, Tex.-based CygergisTek consulting firm, notes the regrettable lack of forward progress among many U.S. hospital-based organizations in the data security arena

Looking at the Ransomware Crisis from a Multi-Industry Perspective

May 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Ron Schlecht, founder and CEO of the BTB Security consulting firm, shares his perspectives on the rising wave of ransomware and malware threats in healthcare—and what CIOs and CISOs need to do right now to protect their organizations

Sixth Annual Ponemon Survey: Criminal Attacks Cause 50% of Breaches

May 12, 2016  |  David Raths
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Despite an increase in awareness about threats to patient data, the sixth annual survey of healthcare organizations by the Ponemon Institute suggests that the number and impact of data breaches are not declining.

FBI: Do Not Pay Ransom in Ransomware Attacks; Focus on Prevention Efforts, Contingency Plans

May 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The FBI does not support paying a ransom in a ransomware attack, as it doesn’t guarantee that organizations will get their data back. Instead, organizations should focus on prevention efforts and developing a business continuity plan in the event of an attack,...

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