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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.

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."

Despite HIPAA Law, Researchers Say Getting Medical Records Still is Burdensome

October 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A recent study of 83 hospitals has revealed that there was noncompliance with federal regulations for formats of release and state regulations for request processing times.

In New Opioids Legislation, Patient Privacy Holds Serve

October 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Congress’ sweeping opioids legislation has created much debate in recent days and weeks, as stakeholders sit on different sides of the table over a key patient privacy element.

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.

Health IT Experts Develop the “Wizard” for Easier Health Record Access

September 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A new tool has been developed that aims to streamline the process of patients getting copies of their medical records.

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.

Report: Privacy Laws to Remain Intact as Opioids Bill Nears Completion

September 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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As leading healthcare stakeholder groups remain on different sides of the fence regarding patient privacy laws in a sweeping opioids legislation, it’s looking like privacy advocates will win the battle.

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.

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Report Gaps in Disaster Preparedness Plans

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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As Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast this week, disaster preparedness is a timely topic, yet a new survey finds that only 72 percent of healthcare providers report their organizations have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place covering...

Designing Safe and Effective Digital Health Applications

September 10, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D. and Maulin Shah, M.D., Industry Voices
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Health IT is on the cusp of an “app revolution.” Careful attention to basic design principles combined with a methodical approach to screening and addressing issues can go a long way.

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.

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.

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

July 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

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

July 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

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...

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...

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.

House Passes Bill to Align HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2

June 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill designed to align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA for the purposes of health care treatment, payment, and operations. One goal of the change is so that care can be better coordinated and providers can have...

Judge Rules in Favor of OCR and Upholds $4.3M Fine for MD Anderson

June 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Houston-based The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center must pay $4.3 million in fines stemming from three separate breaches involving unencrypted electronic devices that exposed patient data for 33,500 patients, according to an administrative law judge...

Report: Cyber Attacks on the Rise and Evolving, as Ransomware Declines

June 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Cyberthreats are continuing to increase and shift, and even though ransomware attacks are significantly declining, cyberattacks are on the rise, according to a new report from the global association ISACA.

Dignity Health Reports Email Data Breach Incident Affecting 56,000 Patients

June 8, 2018  | 
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San Francisco-based Dignity Health, and one of its business associates, reported an unauthorized access/disclosure incident impacting the medical records of 55,900 patients.

CIO Survey: Slow Migration to the Cloud Due to Ongoing Security, Privacy Concerns

May 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Hospital information executives cite cloud hosting as one of their organizations’ top priorities, yet the transition to the cloud is happening slowly as many CIOs continue to have concerns about compliance as well as data security and privacy, according to a new...

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

May 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (...

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