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PODCAST: AHA's Cybersecurity Leader John Riggi on the Evolving Cyber Threats Facing Healthcare

August 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A former FBI Cyber Division leader, John Riggi, now the AHA's senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, discusses the evolving threats to healthcare, including nation-state actors and cryptocurrency.

Analyzing Blockchain’s Evolution in Healthcare: Two Experts Dive into the Details

August 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Two leaders at KPMG recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the greatest use cases for blockchain in healthcare today, and how quickly providers and payers might start moving into full-scale projects.

Report: More than 3M Patient Records Breached in Second Quarter of 2018

August 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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More than 3.14 million patient records were breached in 142 disclosed health data breach incidents during a three-month span from April to June 2018, according to new data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer.

KLAS’s Recent Report on Cybersecurity Services Firms: What Are the Implications for HIT Leaders?

August 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What are the implications for healthcare IT leaders in patient care organizations, from the results of the recently published KLAS Research report on cybersecurity services firms? KLAS analyst Dan Czech shares his perspectives

UnityPoint Health Notifies 1.4M Patients of Data Breach Caused by Phishing Attack

July 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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UnityPoint Health, a health system based in Des Moines, Ia., has let about 1.4 million patients know that their personal and health information may have been compromised, according to a press release from the organization.

PODCAST: Catching up with Cybersecurity Guru Mac McMillan

July 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Mac McMillan believes that 2017 was “clearly the year of ransomware,” but now, although ransomware attacks are still going on, the tide is shifting “to other and newer attacks.”

What Can the Industry Learn from Recent High-Profile Healthcare Cyber Attacks?

July 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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While a recent report found that healthcare ransomware attacks declined in the first half of 2018, a spate of recent high-profile cybersecurity incidents serves as a stark reminder that healthcare continues to be a ripe target for cyber attacks.

Media Report: Medical Errors Reported during Banner Health’s Switch to Cerner EHR

July 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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After Phoenix-based Banner Health implemented a new Cerner electronic health record (EHR) at its Tucson, Arizona-based hospitals and clinics back in October, at a price tag of $45 million, there were “numerous” reports of medical errors, according to a state...

EXCLUSIVE Survey: Industry Execs Express Confidence in Interoperability Advancements

July 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A survey of 459 leading health IT executives reveals that many industry stakeholders see themselves as far along on their interoperability journeys, but less advanced in their value-based care and risk-based contracting progressions.

Analysis: Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline in First Half of 2018

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In the first half of 2018, ransomware events in major healthcare data breaches diminished substantially compared to the same time period last year, as cyber attackers move on to more profitable activities, such as cryptojacking, according to a new report form...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest at $408 Per Record

July 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The cost of a data breach for healthcare organizations continues to rise, from $380 per record last year to $408 per record this year, as the healthcare industry also continues to incur the highest cost for data breaches compared to any other industry, according...

In Nashville, a Candid Discussion of the Potential for Blockchain in Healthcare

July 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville at the end of June, experts and innovators parsed the potential for the adoption of blockchain technologies in U.S. healthcare—and the challenges and obstacles involved

Survey: Majority of Health IT Execs See Insider Breaches as Growing Threat

July 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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While media headlines tend to focus on external breaches and would-be hackers, the overwhelming majority of IT professionals at healthcare provider organizations see insiders as an equal or greater threat to unwanted exposure of sensitive data, according to a...

Phishing Scam at Children's Mercy may have Impacted 63K Patients

July 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An email phishing scam that targeted Children’s Mercy Hospital employees last December may have impacted the personal data of more than 63,000 individuals, according to an updated report in The Kansas City Star.

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts

July 5, 2018  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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As part of Healthcare Informatics 100 questionnaire, vendors were asked to estimate the percentage of revenue earned in each of their product segments sold. Inside, we reveal the top 5 companies by revenue within seven different categories.

Data Breach at Health Billing Company Exposes PHI of 270,000 People

June 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A healthcare data breach at Med Associates, a Lathan, N.Y.-based health billing company, that may have exposed the protected health information (PHI) of 270,000 people, according to local media reports.

CEO and CIO Priorities for Tech-Enabled Healthcare

June 21, 2018  |  Jason Fortin, Impact Advisors
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During the recent 2018 Scottsdale Institute Annual Conference, a group of 22 CIOs from leading health-delivery organizations across the country gathered to discuss their CEOs’ top IT-related priorities. From that discussion, five key themes emerged.

Judge Rules in Favor of OCR and Upholds $4.3M Fine for MD Anderson

June 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Houston-based The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center must pay $4.3 million in fines stemming from three separate breaches involving unencrypted electronic devices that exposed patient data for 33,500 patients, according to an administrative law judge...

Data and Cybersecurity Investments Ramp Up as Threats Reach All-Time High

June 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Companies are quickly ramping up investment in data and cybersecurity as they look to become more compliant with new data privacy protection and security regulations—and to avoid highly damaging data breaches, according to the 2018 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.

Dignity Health Reports Email Data Breach Incident Affecting 56,000 Patients

June 8, 2018  | 
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San Francisco-based Dignity Health, and one of its business associates, reported an unauthorized access/disclosure incident impacting the medical records of 55,900 patients.

Congressional Leaders Call Out HHS Leaders on Healthcare Cybersecurity Center

June 7, 2018  | 
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A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives wrote a joint letter June 5 to HHS Secretary Alex Azar voicing concerns and confusion about the status of the one-year-old Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, and HHS’...

What are the Greatest Use Cases for Blockchain in Healthcare? New Research Explores the Possibilities

June 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Greg Caressi, transformational health senior vice president, Frost & Sullivan, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the role that blockchain could have in precision medicine, and other top use cases for blockchain in healthcare.

CIO Survey: Slow Migration to the Cloud Due to Ongoing Security, Privacy Concerns

May 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Hospital information executives cite cloud hosting as one of their organizations’ top priorities, yet the transition to the cloud is happening slowly as many CIOs continue to have concerns about compliance as well as data security and privacy, according to a new...

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

May 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (...

Lawmakers Demand New VA CIO, Citing “Malign Neglect” on EHR Project

May 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A group of Democratic federal lawmakers, five senators and six members of Congress, are calling out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for what they call “malign neglect” in the agency’s efforts to achieve electronic health record (EHR) modernization.

Cyber Attacks Increase as IT Security Budgeting Remains Static, Report Finds

May 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than 90 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced a data breach since the third quarter of 2016, and nearly 50 percent have had more than five data breaches during the same timeframe, according to a recent report from Black Book Research.

Guest Blog: Mac McMillan on Why Improving Cyber Readiness is a Business Imperative

May 12, 2018  |  Mac McMillan
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The AMA’s recent recommendation to HHS to eliminate its data security risk assessment requirement was a major misstep, as it failed to take into account how fundamental such work is in the current environment, argues cybersecurity expert Mac McMillan

Protenus: More than 1M Patient Records Breached in Q1 2018

May 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than 1 million patient records were breached in a three-month span between January and March 2018, according to new data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer.

OIG Report Finds Flaws in Navy, Air Force EHR Security, Handling of Patient Data

May 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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An investigation into security protocols at several U.S. Navy and Air Force hospitals and clinics found a number of serious security vulnerabilities that left electronic health record (EHR) systems and patient data unprotected from unauthorized access and...

Healthcare Informatics Recognized with ASHPE Award for 2017 Top Ten Tech Trends Report

May 1, 2018  |  the editors of Healthcare Informatics
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Healthcare Informatics has once again been recognized by the American Society for Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) for demonstrating writing excellence in the society’s Best Special Report editorial category for 2017.

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