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HHS OCR Launches Revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool

July 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a revised web tool, the breach portal, or “Wall of Shame” as it’s known in the healthcare industry, that the agency says features ease-of-use for organizations reporting data breach incidents.

In an Evolving Threat Landscape, Healthcare IT Security Leaders Face the Growing Challenge of IoT Devices

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
During a recent webinar hosted by the Center for Connected Medicine, healthcare IT security thought leaders parsed the challenges of cybersecurity and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in an evolving threat environment.

HITRUST CSF Certification Now Includes NIST Cybersecurity Certification

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
HITRUST has announced that HITRUST cybersecurity framework (CSF) version 9 enhancements now extend an “assess once, report many” approach as a standard security framework for multiple critical infrastructure industries and includes National Institute of Standards...

Hospitals Ranked on Responsiveness to Patient Record Requests; How Is Yours Doing?

July 20, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
PatientBank, a company that helps patients request their records from hospitals, created a rubric to rate hospital health information management departments on their flexibility and responsiveness.

HIPAA: Five Steps to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines

July 14, 2017  |  Janice Ahlstrom, R.N., and Kenneth Zoline
article
Many organizations may not truly understand the HIPAA Security Rule and how to conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks to ePHI. Here are five steps to put you on the right track to be compliant with OCR guidelines.

Global Survey: 95 Percent of Healthcare Orgs Don’t Use Security Governance or Risk Management Software

July 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Despite the cyber threats facing healthcare organizations, 95 percent of IT specialists working at medical organizations around the world report that their organizations do not use any software for information security governance or risk management, according to...

Cyber Attack Update: Nuance Still Down, Researchers Believe “Petya” is not Ransomware

June 29, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Nuance Communications, a Burlington, Mass.-based technology company that provides cloud-based dictation and transcription service to hospitals and health systems, continues to be down following the global malware incident on Tuesday that affected multinational...

PA Health System, Health IT Vendor Affected by Global “Petya” Ransomware Attack

June 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
Pennsylvania-based Heritage Valley Health Systems and Nuance Communications have confirmed their companies were victims of a global ransomware cyber attack, which some are referring to as the “Petya” ransomware virus, that hit multinational companies Tuesday.

Anthem Agrees to $115 Million Settlement in Data Breach Litigation

June 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Indianapolis-based Anthem has agreed to pay $115 million in a proposed settlement to resolve the multidistrict class action litigation relating to the 2015 cyber attack that compromised the personal information of 78.8 million people.

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.

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