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21st Century Oncology to Pay $2.3M to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

January 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
A Fort Myers, Florida-based cancer practice, 21st Century Oncology, Inc., has agreed to pay $2.3 million in lieu of potential civil money penalties to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to settle potential...

Proposed Legislation Will Give Medical Record Clearinghouses Ability to Share Data with Patients

December 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has introduced a bill, the Ensuring Patient Access to Healthcare Records Act, that gives medical record clearinghouses, such as Experian and Availity, the ability to share health data and analysis with patients,...

HHS OCR Launches New HIPAA Guidance as Mandated by Cures Act

December 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched new tools and initiatives in response to the opioid crisis, as well as updates required by last year’s 21st Century Cures Act.

California Forms Advisory Board to Tackle Healthcare Cybersecurity

December 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has formed a new Cyber-Health Information Technology Advisory Board as part of an ongoing effort to support cybersecurity innovation and bolster advanced technology industries.

AHIMA Issues Cybersecurity Plan for Healthcare Organizations

December 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Cyber attacks against the healthcare industry are growing at an accelerated pace, and to help healthcare organizations strengthen their cybersecurity programs and defend against a cyber attack, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)...

83% of Physicians Have Experienced a Cyber Attack, Survey Finds

December 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Eighty-three percent of physicians in a recent survey said that they have experienced some sort of cyber attack, such as phishing and viruses.

Senators Introduce Data Breach Disclosure Legislation

December 4, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Three Democratic senators—Florida Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin—introduced legislation which requires companies to promptly report data breaches and imposes new criminal penalties for executives...

California Health System Pays $2M to Settle State's Data Breach Lawsuit

November 29, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Cottage Health System has agreed to a $2 million settlement with the state attorney general resolving allegations that the health system failed to implement “basic, reasonable safeguards to protect patient medical information.”

Survey: Financial Costs of a Cyber Attack Increasing Year over Year

November 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Enterprise organizations that have been impacted by cyber breaches report that monetary losses from cybersecurity events have increased year over year, according to the 2017 U.S. State of Cybercrime survey.

House Committee Calls on HHS to Enhance Security of Medical Device Components

November 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take steps to strengthen the cybersecurity of medical devices by focusing on the security of technology components.

Only 27 Percent of Healthcare Security Execs Confident about Safeguarding Patient Data

November 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Just 27 percent of healthcare security executives have confidence they can safeguard patients’ medical records, even though nearly 80 percent are required to comply with government regulations, according to a recent survey from cybersecurity solutions provider...

Survey: 26 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Would Pay Ransom in a Cyber Attack

November 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
A survey of 300 healthcare IT professionals in the UK and the US found that 26 percent reported that their organization would be willing to pay a ransom in the event of a cyber attack. Of these, 85 percent of UK healthcare IT professionals and 68 percent of U.S....


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