Decatur County General Hospital, a 40-bed hospital located in Parsons, Tennessee, has informed its patients about a security incident in which its electronic medical record (EMR) system was hacked, impacting 24,000 patients’ records.
Following five separate data breach incidents, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.
Although 2017 saw fewer massive health data breaches when compared to 2016, there was still an average of at least one health data breach per day throughout the entire year, according to a year in review report from cybersecurity software company Protenus.
Two-thirds of chief information security officers (CISOs) believe that their companies are more likely to fall victim to a cyber attack or will face a data breach this year, according to a report based on a survey of more than 600 CISOs.
The number of reported major IT/hacking events attributed to ransomware by health care institutions increased by 89 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to cyber defense firm Cryptonite’s 2017 Healthcare Cyber Research Report.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has finalized proposed changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation, 42 CFR Part 2, aimed at supporting payment and healthcare operations activities...