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Innovator Awards Program 2018: Semifinalists

February 19, 2018  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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We at Healthcare Informatics were ecstatic with the exceptional quality of the submissions we received from innovating patient care organizations across the U.S. Here are the 14 teams in the Provider Division that received semifinalist status this year.

Tennessee Hospital’s EHR Hacked by Cryptocurrency Malware

February 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Security Survey: 24 Percent of Physicians Fail to Identify Phishing Emails

February 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A recent survey found that doctors were three times worse at identifying phishing emails than their non-physician counterparts, such office workers (24 percent compared to 8 percent).

Five Breaches in 2012 Lead to $3.5 Million OCR Settlement

February 1, 2018  | 
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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.

Health IT Now Forms Opioid Safety Alliance with Tech-Centric Agenda

January 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health IT Now has launched its Opioid Safety Alliance with the aim to advance technology-enabled solutions to combat the scourge of opioid misuse.

2017 Breach Report: 477 Breaches, 5.6M Patient Records Affected

January 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Aetna to Pay $17M in HIV Privacy Breach Lawsuit

January 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Hartford-based Aetna is settling a lawsuit for $17 million over a privacy breach in which the insurer potentially revealed the HIV status of thousands of customers via letters that were mailed out.

What are CISOs Worried About in 2018? Data Breaches and the Human Factor, Survey Finds

January 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Survey: One in Five Healthcare Professionals Had Patient Data Breaches

January 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A new survey finds that there is a disconnect between data breaches and the level of confidence that healthcare professionals have in protecting sensitive patient medical and healthcare data.

ONC Names Kathryn Marchesini as Chief Privacy Officer

January 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has named Kathryn Marchesini as the federal agency’s chief privacy officer.

Report: Ransomware Attacks Against Healthcare Orgs Increased 89 Percent in 2017

January 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

SAMHSA Issues Final Rule Updating Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations

January 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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...

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