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Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Blockchain’s Promise Has Healthcare Innovators Eager

March 24, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although the healthcare industry is behind most other sectors when it comes to interoperability and security, newfound optimism has emerged in the form of a technology that potentially can help solve both of these challenges—blockchain.

Trump Administration Appoints Peter Severino to Head Office for Civil Rights

March 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Roger Severino, a former staffer at The Heritage Foundation, has been appointed as the director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Wisconsin Urology Group Notifies Patients of Data Breach Due to Ransomware Attack

March 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Wauwatosa, Wis.-based Metropolitan Urology Group has notified its patients of a breach of unsecured patient health information due to a ransomware attack back in November 2016.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Medical Devices are the New Cyber Threat Landscape

March 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Connected medical devices are a ripe target for cyber threats, with data security and patient safety both at stake. Healthcare security leaders need to step up their efforts now to address these cyber threats with a risk-based approach, experts say.

UNC Health Care Informs 1,300 Prenatal Patients of Possible Data Breach

March 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care is notifying patients of a potential data breach where personal information provided by prenatal patients at two obstetric clinics were mistakenly transmitted to local county health departments.

WEDI Releases Healthcare Cybersecurity White Paper Outlining Best Practices to Mitigate Risk

March 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has issued a cybersecurity white paper examining health IT vulnerabilities and how stakeholders can mitigate risk in the wake of record data breaches striking the healthcare industry.

Report: 60 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in February Came From Within the Organizations

March 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In February, hacking incidents only accounted for 12 percent of total healthcare data breach incidents, yet insiders were responsible for almost 60 percent of the total breach incidents during the month, which points to a troubling trend, according to the latest...

Healthcare Informatics’ Top 10 Tech Trends 2017: An Introduction

March 17, 2017  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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The editors of Healthcare Informatics have once again assembled a package of stories in which we’ve spoken to some of the most thoughtful industry leaders, and have gathered together their perspectives, to provide you with a roadmap to the future.

The Connected Health Initiative Launches ‘HIPAA Check’ Tool for App Developers

March 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Connected Health Initiative, with ACT | The App Association, has developed an interactive tool to help software and app developers determine how their technology fits within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy and...

Study: Nearly 7 in 10 Healthcare Orgs Have Compromised Email Credentials

March 8, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new study of Dark Web email vulnerabilities in the healthcare industry has revealed that 68 percent of healthcare organizations have compromised email credentials, and 80 percent of the positive data set includes actionable password information, simplifying...

AHIMA Publishes Toolkit for On-Site OCR HIPAA Phase 2 Audits

March 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) has released its newest toolkit, the “External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit,” to assist organizations in preparing for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Phase 2 audits.

Hack of Appointment System at Emory Healthcare Affects 80,000 Patient Records

March 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare has reported that in January a hacker demanded a ransom after accessing one of the health system’s appointment systems and deleting the appointment information database. The hack affected the records of about 80,000 patients.

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