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A New Cross-Industry Report Looks at the Spreading Global Threat from Data Breaches

April 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A new report from Verizon Security Research puts the phenomenon of data breaches in the healthcare industry into a trans-industry context, offering insights as to what may or may not be unique about healthcare data security nowadays

Report: Cyber Attackers Using Simple Tactics, Tools to Target Healthcare, Other Industries

April 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The number of reported breach incidents in healthcare grew by 22 percent in 2016 from 269 breach incidents in 2015 to 328 last year, according to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR).

Report: HHS to Open Healthcare Cybersecurity Center

April 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HHS will be opening a Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in which healthcare organizations and consumers can get educated about the risks of using mobile apps and data.

Survey: Two-Thirds of Healthcare Employees Share Confidential Data On Occasion

April 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Seventy-two percent of employee say they would share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information under certain circumstances and 68 percent of healthcare employees report that they share confidential or regulated data on occasion, according to the...

Rhode Island’s Lifespan Informs 20k Patients of Data Breach

April 24, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan, the state’s first health system, is notifying patients about a theft of an employee’s laptop that may have contained sensitive patient information.

Device Manufacturer Will Pay $2.5M to Settle Potential HIPAA Noncompliance

April 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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CardioNet, a Malvern, Pa.-based device manufacturer and a subsidiary of BioTelemtry, has agree to pay a $2.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) due to potential noncompliance with the Health...

Illinois Provider Pays $31,000 HIPAA Settlement Due to Lack of BA Agreement

April 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Center for Children’s Digestive Health has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $31,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a...

Health IT Innovation Lab Gets $5M Grant from Mass. Government

April 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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MassTech’s collaborative research and development matching grant program is awarding $5 million to support the launch of a healthcare research and product development initiative at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

In an Ever-Intensifying Threat Environment, Healthcare CISOs Become Part of the Bigger Picture

April 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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There is inherent pressure on healthcare CISOs to better protect data in the organization, but are there enough qualified individuals that can do the job?

Report: Data Breach Incidents in March Affected 1.5 Million Patient Records

April 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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There was a sharp spike in the number of breached patient records as the result of data breach incidents in March, with this month seeing 2.5 times the number of breached records in January and February combined, according to the latest Protenus “Breach Barometer...

At the Health IT Summit in San Jose, Cybersecurity Concerns Seen Growing

April 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The threat landscape in healthcare IT continues to expand, even as patient care organizations are lacking in terms of tending to some of the basics, industry leaders agreed, during a discussion of IT security at the Health IT Summit in San Jose

Former OCR Advisor on HIPAA Compliance and Data Breaches: “This is a Management Problem, Not a User Problem”

April 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at Austin-based CynergisTek and former HHS OCR senior advisor, shares his perspective about HIPAA compliance issues and why hospital executives need to sit up and notice OCR’s enforcement activities.

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