Privacy/Security

New York City HHC Former Employee Inappropriately Accesses PHI

May 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) has notified approximately 90,000 patients that one of the medical organization's former employees inappropriately accessed their protected health information (PHI).

Cyberattack on Health Insurer CareFirst Affects 1.1M Members

May 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a Washington, D.C.-based health insurer, has acknowledged a cyberattack on its company where approximately 1.1 million current and former members had their data compromised.

Cleveland Health System Suffers Malware-Related Breach

May 19, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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MetroHealth System in Cleveland suffered a data breach that exposed the information of nearly 1,000 patients thanks to malware on three computers.

Criminal Attacks Surpass Negligence as Top Data Breach Source, Survey Finds

May 7, 2015   |  David Raths
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In the fifth year of its annual survey about privacy and security issues facing healthcare organizations, the Ponemon Institute found that for the first time providers reported that the No. 1 root cause of their data breaches was criminal and malicious attacks.

OIG Report Reveals Information Security Issues at HHS

May 6, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that information security at HHS needs improvement because controls have not been fully implemented and monitored.

Phishing Attack in Texas Exposes PHI of 39K Patients

May 1, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Austin, Tx.-based Seton Family of Hospitals, part of Ascension health system, has acknowledged a phishing attack on its organization, resulting in the potential exposure of some personal health information for approximately 39,000 patients.

Senators Form EHR Improvement Workgroup

April 29, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Lest people think Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) were not serious in their stated efforts to improve EHR usability, the two have started a workgroup aiming to do just that.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Cybersecurity Bill with Data-Sharing Protections

April 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Apr. 22 passed a cybersecurity bill providing legal protections for companies that share cyberthreat information with each other and with the federal government, but Senate passage may be delayed

NIH Awards $20B to Improve Health IT

April 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is awarding $20 billion in funds to 65 companies to provide the entire federal government with IT solutions.

How Duke is Using HealthKit to Get Patient-Generated Data into the EHR

April 21, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At HIMSS15, in front of an inquisitive audience at the McCormick Place Convention Center on April 15, Ricky Bloomfield M.D., director, mobile technology strategy at Duke Medicine, gave an overview of how Duke is using Apple’s HealthKit to get patient-generated...

ONC Updates its Privacy and Security Guide

April 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week during the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published a revised version of its “Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.”
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