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OCR Fines Providers for HIPAA Violations, Failure to Follow “Basic Security Requirements”

December 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Florida-based Advanced Care Hospitalists PL has agreed to pay $500,000 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights for a number of HIPAA compliance failures, including sharing protected health information with an unknown vendor without a business associate agreement.

Eye Center in California Switches EHR Vendor Following Ransomware Incident

December 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Redwood Eye Center, an ophthalmology practice in Vallejo, Calif., has notified more than 16,000 patients that its EHR (electronic health record) hosting vendor experienced a ransomware attack in September.

Report: 30 Percent of Healthcare Databases Exposed Online

December 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Hackers are using the Dark Web to buy and sell personally identifiable information (PII) stolen from healthcare organizations, and exposed databases are a vulnerable attack surface for healthcare organizations, according to a new cybersecurity research report.

Twelve States File First Multistate Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

December 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
State Attorneys General from a dozen states filed a lawsuit Monday against two health IT companies alleging that poor security practices led to theft of protected health information (PHI) of 3.9 million individuals during a data security incident in 2015.

Top Three 2019 Healthcare Cybersecurity Trends

December 3, 2018  |  Christian Aboujaoude, Industry Voice, Senior Director Enterprise Architecture, Scripps Health
Inside this story are some of the biggest cybersecurity threat trends facing the healthcare industry for 2019, and some recommendations to combat them.

Atrium Health’s Billing Vendor Hacked, 2.65M Patients Affected

November 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
The personal health data of more than 2 million Atrium Health patients has been compromised following a hack on the organization’s third-party billing vendor, AccuDoc.

Phishing Attack on Healthcare Provider Impacts 128K Patient Records

November 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
New York Oncology Hematology, based in Albany, New York, is notifying its patients and employees that an unauthorized user may have gained access to several employee email accounts, and, potentially, accessed employee or patient data as a result of a phishing...

Study: Internal Negligence, Not Hackers, Responsible for Half of Data Breaches

November 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
While high-profile data breaches perpetrated by cyber criminals and hackers often make big headlines, a recent study found that more than half of healthcare data breaches are a result of internal issues, not external factors.

Cybersecurity, Telehealth and Interoperability “Top of Mind” for IT Execs in 2019

November 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
As health system leaders look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year, they are increasing their spending to defend against cyberattacks, expressing optimism about reimbursement for telehealth services, and feeling anxiety about tech...
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