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Healthcare Company CoPilot Settles Data Breach with $130K Payment

June 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
CoPilot Provider Support Services, a New York-based corporation that provides support services to the healthcare industry, has agreed to pay $130,000 in penalties as part of a settlement to resolve a 2015 data breach that that exposed 221,178 patient records.

Report: Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest at $380 Per Record

June 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches, as healthcare data breaches cost organizations $380 per stolen record, more than twice the average global cost across all industries, according to the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study.

Healthcare Cybersecurity, and HHS Response to WannaCry Ransomware, Focus of House Subcommittee Hearing

June 8, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday, HHS leaders shared lessons learned from the department's response to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack and recognized that many organizations are in dire need of cybersecurity resources.

ONC Names Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners

June 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
ONC has announced the winners of the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, a contest that called on stakeholders to use ONC’s Model Privacy Notice (MPN) template.

HHS Notice: WannaCry Malware Continues to Impact U.S. Healthcare Orgs

June 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
In an email cyber notice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is warning healthcare provider organizations that there are ongoing impacts to the U.S. healthcare sector from the WannaCry malware.

HHS Task Force Report: Healthcare Cybersecurity is in Critical Condition

June 5, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, which was formed last year following passage of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, issued its final report to Congress June 2 with a number of recommendations to improve...

St. Luke’s Pays $387,000 HIPAA Settlement for Impermissible Disclosure of PHI

May 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reported that St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York City, has paid a $387,000 settlement for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...

Enforcement Evolves

May 12, 2017  |  Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc.
commentary
At the same time we see cyber attacks continuing to escalate, we also are seeing a very serious and active response by the Office for Civil Rights with respect to its compliance review and breach investigation activity.

Texas Health System Will Pay $2.4M to Settle Potential HIPAA Disclosure Violations

May 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) has agreed to pay a $2.4 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan stemming from potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...

Report: Healthcare Data Breaches Hit All-Time High in 2016

May 4, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Healthcare data breaches hit an all-time high (328) in 2016, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 (268), according to a report from Bitglass.

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

April 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
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).

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

April 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
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...

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