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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...

CMS Memo Clears Up Confusion around Texting of Patient Information

January 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a notice clarifying its position on when the texting of patient information is permitted for providers.

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

January 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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....

At Texas Health Resources, A Strategic Approach to Evolving Cybersecurity Challenges

November 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The health system’s CISO, Ron Mehring, details the organization’s data center transformation project and creating the security infrastructure needed to support future business and clinical initiatives.

Report: “Simple Actions” Could Have Protected NHS from WannaCry

October 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The digital arm of the National Health Service (NHS) reports that all healthcare organizations infected by the WannaCry virus, which caused major disruptions in the U.K. medical care system, shared the same vulnerability and could have taken simple actions to...

HHS Issues Guidance on Disclosing Health Information During Crisis Situations

October 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance on when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information with family members, friends, and legal personal representatives when that...

FirstHealth Reports Network Impacted by New WannaCry Malware

October 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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FirstHealth of the Carolinas announced that it shut down its computer network last week after a threat from a new version of the WannaCry malware virus, and the system is continuing to operate on standard downtime procedures.

CISO Survey: End Users See Security as a Hurdle to Innovation

October 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Traditional approaches to security are leading to frustrated users and strained relationships between workers and IT departments, according to the findings of a CISO survey. About three-fourths (74 percent) of CISOs say end users are frustrated that security...

Report: Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Human Error in Securing PHI

October 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In the first nine months of 2017, unintended disclosure accounted for 41 percent of healthcare data breach incidents, according to a report from specialist insurer Beazley.

Report: Insider Threats to Patient Data Remain Unnoticed

October 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Of the reported healthcare data breach incidents that occurred in September, it took an average of 387 days for healthcare organizations to discover a breach had occurred, according to a report from cybersecurity software company Protenus.

Report: Healthcare Organizations Spend $12.5 Million a Year on Cybersecurity

October 4, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Cybercrime is costing businesses, on average, $11.7 million a year, a 23 percent increase from $9.5 million in cybercrime-related spending last year, according to the Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Cybercrime Study.

Healthcare Accounted for 26 Percent of Cybersecurity Incidents in Q2 2017

September 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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McAfee, Inc., a computer security software company, recently released its McAfee Labs Threats Report assessing reported attacks across industries, and reveals growth trends in malware, ransomware, mobile malware, and other threats in the second quarter of 2017.

New Legislation Intends to Align Substance Abuse Treatment Records with HIPAA

September 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Two U.S. senators are introducing a bill to bring the regulations governing substance use treatment disorder records in better alignment with the privacy rules and protections for other medical records.

Survey: 73 Percent of Medical Professionals Share Passwords to Access EHRs

September 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A recent study examining the prevalence of password sharing among healthcare professionals found that 73 percent of medical staff members reported having used another medical staff member’s password to access electronic health record (EHR) systems at work.

Protenus: Hacking Incidents are Quickly Discovered, But Insiders Go Undetected

September 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A report on healthcare data breaches in July and August finds that while hacking incidents are quickly detected, insider breach incidents continue to go unnoticed, which can have a significant impact on healthcare organizations and patients.

DHS Issues Warning About Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Wireless Infusion Pumps

September 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (DHS ICS-CERT) last week issued an advisory outlining eight vulnerabilities in Smiths Medical’s Medfusion 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pump.

Aetna Hit with Lawsuit after Potentially Exposing HIV Status of 12K Customers

August 29, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health insurer Aetna is facing strong criticism as well as a class action lawsuit for a privacy breach that the company acknowledged last week in which it potentially revealed the HIV status of thousands of customers via letters that were mailed out.

Getting Granular on Cybersecurity: Experts Talk Frameworks and Hacks in Philadelphia

August 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit Series-Philadelphia, healthcare IT leaders from the government, the provider sector, and the health plan sector shared perspectives on the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing the industry right now

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