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Anthem Agrees to Record Payment—$16M—for Largest U.S. Health Data Breach

October 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to HHS' Office for Civil Rights to settle potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules violations in the largest U.S. health data breach in history.

Minnesota DHS Acknowledges Increase in Targeted Phishing Attacks

October 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Two phishing attacks on employees at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) resulted in the possible leakage of about 21,000 Minnesotans’ personal information.

CISOs, CIOs Not Confident in Their Medical Device Security Strategy, New KLAS Research Finds

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A new report from KLAS Research sheds light on the current state of the medical device security industry, including the finding that one-third of connected medical devices are "unpatchable."

Healthcare Executives Rank Data Analytics, Population Health as Top Challenges for 2019

October 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Healthcare executive leaders identified leveraging data, particularly clinical data, to manage patients’ health, population health services and value-based payments as the top challenges they will face in the coming year, according to a survey by the Healthcare...

Managing the Consumer Data Deluge

October 2, 2018  |  Joe Marion, Industry Voice
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In-home monitoring and diagnostic devices are likely to create substantial new diagnostic data to manage

Aspire Health Suffers Email Breach from Phishing Attack

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Aspire Health, a Nashville-based in-home healthcare provider, was hacked Sept. 3 as a result of a phishing attack and “lost” some protected health information (PHI), according to a report by the Tennessean.com.

Research: Hackers Leveraging Error Messages from Connected Medical Devices

September 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Recent research has identified a new trend in cyber attacks targeting connected medical devices—by simply monitoring the network traffic for common error messages, hackers can gain valuable insight into the inner workings of a device’s application.

Study: Health Plans Account for Majority of Breached Patient Records

September 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Health plans accounted for the greatest number of patient records breached over the past seven years, according to an analysis of U.S. health care data conducted by two Massachusetts General Hospital physicians.

Healthcare’s “RegTech” Opportunity: Avoiding a 2008-Style Crisis

September 21, 2018  |  Robert Lord, Industry Voice, Co-Founder and President of Protenus
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Today, as co-founder of a health technology company, I see healthcare is approaching a similarly dangerous situation as the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009.

HIPAA Settlements: Three Boston Hospitals Pay $1M in Fines for “Boston Trauma” Filming

September 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three Boston hospitals that allowed film crews to film an ABC documentary on their premises have settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...

Independence Blue Cross Notifies 17K Patients of Breach

September 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Philadelphia-based health insurer Independence Blue Cross is notifying about 17,000 of its members that some of their protected health information (PHI) has been exposed online and has potentially been accessed by unauthorized individuals.

Report: Healthcare Lags Other Industries in Phishing Resiliency

September 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Phishing attacks are a serious problem in the healthcare industry, yet a recent report found that the healthcare industry continues to trail behind many other industries in its phishing resiliency.

Industry Groups Urge CMS to Reform Stark Laws, HHS Considers Reforming Anti-Kickback Statute

August 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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On June 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information (RFI) for public input on how to address any undue regulatory impact and burden of the physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark Law.

Health System CISOs Form Group to Address Third-Party Risk

August 30, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Chief information security officers from six large health systems have formed a council to develop best practices around managing the information security-related risks in their supply chain.

The Healthcare CISO: An Essential Cyber Guardian

August 24, 2018  |  Nick Giannas, Industry Voice
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As cybersecurity incidents continue to increase and evolve, the CISO has become a pivotal role. What are the challenges healthcare leaders face in identifying and recruiting CISO candidates?

Phishing Attack at Georgia Health System May Have Exposed 400K Patients’ Data

August 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Augusta University Health System, based in Augusta, Georgia, has reported that a phishing attack on email accounts that occurred last fall may have led to the unauthorized access of protected health information (PHI) of approximately 417,000 individuals.

PODCAST: AHA's Cybersecurity Leader John Riggi on the Evolving Cyber Threats Facing Healthcare

August 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A former FBI Cyber Division leader, John Riggi, now the AHA's senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, discusses the evolving threats to healthcare.

Analyzing Blockchain’s Evolution in Healthcare: Two Experts Dive into the Details

August 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Two leaders at KPMG recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the greatest use cases for blockchain in healthcare today, and how quickly providers and payers might start moving into full-scale projects.

Report: More than 3M Patient Records Breached in Second Quarter of 2018

August 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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More than 3.14 million patient records were breached in 142 disclosed health data breach incidents during a three-month span from April to June 2018, according to new data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer.

KLAS’s Recent Report on Cybersecurity Services Firms: What Are the Implications for HIT Leaders?

August 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What are the implications for healthcare IT leaders in patient care organizations, from the results of the recently published KLAS Research report on cybersecurity services firms? KLAS analyst Dan Czech shares his perspectives

UnityPoint Health Notifies 1.4M Patients of Data Breach Caused by Phishing Attack

July 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
UnityPoint Health, a health system based in Des Moines, Ia., has let about 1.4 million patients know that their personal and health information may have been compromised, according to a press release from the organization.

PODCAST: Catching up with Cybersecurity Guru Mac McMillan

July 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Mac McMillan believes that 2017 was “clearly the year of ransomware,” but now, although ransomware attacks are still going on, the tide is shifting “to other and newer attacks.”

What Can the Industry Learn from Recent High-Profile Healthcare Cyber Attacks?

July 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
article
While a recent report found that healthcare ransomware attacks declined in the first half of 2018, a spate of recent high-profile cybersecurity incidents serves as a stark reminder that healthcare continues to be a ripe target for cyber attacks.

EXCLUSIVE Survey: Industry Execs Express Confidence in Interoperability Advancements

July 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A survey of 459 leading health IT executives reveals that many industry stakeholders see themselves as far along on their interoperability journeys, but less advanced in their value-based care and risk-based contracting progressions.

Analysis: Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline in First Half of 2018

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In the first half of 2018, ransomware events in major healthcare data breaches diminished substantially compared to the same time period last year, as cyber attackers move on to more profitable activities, such as cryptojacking, according to a new report form...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest at $408 Per Record

July 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The cost of a data breach for healthcare organizations continues to rise, from $380 per record last year to $408 per record this year, as the healthcare industry also continues to incur the highest cost for data breaches compared to any other industry, according...

In Nashville, a Candid Discussion of the Potential for Blockchain in Healthcare

July 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the Health IT Summit in Nashville at the end of June, experts and innovators parsed the potential for the adoption of blockchain technologies in U.S. healthcare—and the challenges and obstacles involved

Survey: Majority of Health IT Execs See Insider Breaches as Growing Threat

July 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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While media headlines tend to focus on external breaches and would-be hackers, the overwhelming majority of IT professionals at healthcare provider organizations see insiders as an equal or greater threat to unwanted exposure of sensitive data, according to a...

Phishing Scam at Children's Mercy may have Impacted 63K Patients

July 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
An email phishing scam that targeted Children’s Mercy Hospital employees last December may have impacted the personal data of more than 63,000 individuals, according to an updated report in The Kansas City Star.

Data Breach at Health Billing Company Exposes PHI of 270,000 People

June 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A healthcare data breach at Med Associates, a Lathan, N.Y.-based health billing company, that may have exposed the protected health information (PHI) of 270,000 people, according to local media reports.

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