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Are Fitness Apps Fit for Privacy Protection?

September 28, 2016  |  William A. Tanenbaum and Lourdes M. Turrecha, Arent Fox LLP
Healthcare professionals who are in a position to recommend the use of fitness apps need to be aware that patients’ personal data can be used in ways that HIPAA would prohibit and that will surprise patients who are trying to be smart about fitness in a...

At the New York HIT Summit, Diving into Uncharted Cybersecurity Waters

September 27, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Leading cybersecurity experts in the New York area collectively met at the local HIT Summit on Sept. 27, sponsored by Healthcare Informatics, to discuss how the healthcare cybersecurity landscape has changed, and how hospitals and health systems could better...

USC’s Keck Medical Center Reports Ransomware Attack

September 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Los Angeles-based Keck Medical Center, part of the University of Southern California, has confirmed that two if its servers were hit with ransomware last month, leading to encrypted files that employees could not access.

Care New England Health System Will Pay $400,000 Settlement for Potential HIPAA Violations

September 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Providence, R.I.-based Care New England Health System has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules violations, stemming from a 2012 data breach at Woman and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

Washington Debrief: Happy National Health IT Week!

September 26, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
Today marks the start of National Health IT Week, an annual celebration and coordinated advocacy campaign to articulate the importance of health information technology.

Survey: Cloud Technologies Helping Healthcare Organizations Improve Productivity, Efficiency

September 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Ninety-five percent of current healthcare organization cloud infrastructure users are planning to increase their usage going forward, and among healthcare organizations not using cloud today, 58 percent of respondents said they are likely to do so in the next two...

Saint Francis Health System Acknowledges Breach, but Doesn’t Pay Ransom

September 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Despite acknowledging that it had been the victim of a data breach involving ransomware earlier this month, the Tulsa, Okla.-based Saint Francis Health System decided not to act on the ransom demand, according to media reports.

Study: 30 Percent of Patient Data Breaches Involve Business Associates

September 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
So far in 2016, third-party data breaches have impacted 4.5 million patients, indicating that third-party business associates pose an alarming risk to patient data, according to a new report from Protenus and

Washington Debrief: House Committee Leaders Pledge Heightened Attention to Health IT in 2017

September 19, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
A key House Committee held a hearing last week to explore how healthcare technology can create efficiencies in care delivery, improve outcomes and reduce cost.

FBI Urges Organizations to Report Ransomware Incidents to Federal Law Enforcement

September 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a public service announcement last week urging victims to report ransomware attacks to law enforcement to help the FBI gain a more comprehensive view of the current threat.

AEHIS: Gathering Chief Information Security Officers Together at a Time of Rapid Change

September 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
CHIME’s affiliated group for CISOs is trying to help healthcare IT security leaders become more effective at a key time for the industry

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Systems Back Online After Cyber Attack Three Weeks Ago

September 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced that computerized clinical and electronic communication systems have been brought back online at its facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia following a cyber attack late last month.


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