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Report: 58 Percent of PHI Data Breaches Involve Insiders

March 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
Almost 60 percent of data breach incidents involving protected health information (PHI) involved insiders, which makes healthcare the only industry in which internal actors are the biggest threat to an organization’s data security, according to a recent Verizon...

Healthcare Leaders Admit Serious Gaps in Data Breach Response, Survey Finds

March 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
When it comes to responding to a cybersecurity attack, healthcare leaders point to serious gaps in the processes about how to respond to a breach, particularly about training and being informed about standard operating procedures, according to a recent poll...

CHIME’s Branzell to Receive Cybersecurity Award

March 5, 2018  |  David Raths
Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME, is being honored for his work in the cybersecurity sector by the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Risk Management is Maturing, But Cybersecurity Gaps Still Loom, Report Finds

March 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
A new cybersecurity survey released this week finds that healthcare’s approach to cybersecurity is maturing, with more providers adopting cybersecurity frameworks, yet the average level of IT security spend has remained flat over the last three years.

IoT Report: Imaging Systems Present Biggest Security Risk in Healthcare

March 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
While infusion pumps are the most widely deployed connected medical devices, these devices are not the leading cause of security issues, a study found. In fact, imaging systems rank as the top security risk.

Some Health Employees Willing to Sell Confidential Data, Survey Finds

March 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly one in five health employees (18 percent) said they would be willing to sell confidential data to unauthorized parties, according to a new survey from consulting and services company Accenture.

Monitoring Users’ Behaviors to Better Secure Data: One Health Plan’s Story

March 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Jim Routh recently spoke to Healthcare Informatics about how Aetna has been able to put behavioral-based security controls in place and why this type of security is so important.

Report: Number of Healthcare Records Breached Hit Four-Year Low in 2017

March 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In 2017, the number of individuals affected by breaches within the healthcare sector reached a four-year low, according to a new report from Campbell, Calif.-based security company Bitglass.

Swinging the Cybersecurity Pendulum: Can New Strategies “Reverse the Curse?”

February 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
CISOs and other industry experts do not believe in any “magic bullet” approach, but more frequently now, leading minds are pointing to a few specific areas in which organizations can improve their cybersecurity strategies.

Winners in the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program: Vendors Division

February 26, 2018  |  Kayt Sukel and Pamela Tabar
As part of the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program, the editorial staff asked an esteemed panel of national industry leaders to evaluate submissions from dozens of solutions providers in five critical areas of innovation development.

A New Era in Network Segmentation?

February 26, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
As part of our Cybersecurity Special Report, Mark Hagland speaks with healthcare IT experts about network segmentation, a standard strategy in IT security receiving new scrutiny, as the need for advanced strategies becomes more and more apparent in healthcare.

Paper Records, Films Most Common Type of Healthcare Data Breach, Study Finds

February 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
Despite the high level of hospital adoption of electronic health records and federal incentives to do so, paper and films were the most frequent location of breached data in hospitals, according to a recent study.

AHA Appoints Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

February 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced that John Riggi has joined the association as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk.

Report: Healthcare Accounted for 45% of All Ransomware Attacks in 2017

February 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Healthcare fell victim to more ransomware attacks than any other industry in 2017, according to a new report from global cybersecurity insurance company Beazley.

Where Is Network Segmentation Headed? One Industry Expert Has a Good Idea

February 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Impact Advisors’ John Robinson shares his perspectives on the new thinking around network segmentation, including around micro-segmentation and software configuration—and urges CIOs, CISOs, and other healthcare IT leaders to move quickly away from old tactics...

Innovator Awards Program 2018: Semifinalists

February 19, 2018  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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.

Another International Survey Confirms Cybersecurity Issues--Across All Industries

February 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
A new survey of CISOs across all industries in the United States and United Kingdom has found significant gaps in preparedness for the cybersecurity threats accelerating against all types of business organizations

Report: Healthcare Way Behind other Major Sectors in Proper Cybersecurity Protocols

February 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The healthcare industry is one of the lowest performing industries in terms of endpoint security, and the sector as a whole ranks near the bottom in cybersecurity strength compared to other major industries.

Tennessee Hospital’s EHR Hacked by Cryptocurrency Malware

February 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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.

Survey: Value-Based Care a Top Driver for Health Tech Spending in 2018

February 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Value-based care initiatives ranked as the top driver for healthcare technology spending in 2018, according to a recent survey from Illinois-based Damo Consulting.

Partners HealthCare Notifies 2,600 Patients of Malware Attack

February 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Partners HealthCare has notified approximately 2,600 patients whose private information may have been breached when Partners’ computer network was impacted by a malware attack last year.

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

February 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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).

Western Reserve CIO Pamela Banchy on Tackling Security Challenges through IT and Clinician Collaboration

February 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
Pamela Banchy, R.N., the CIO and vice president of clinical informatics and transformation at Western Reserve Hospital and Health System, discusses her top health IT priorities and what her nursing informatics background brings to the CIO role.

In San Diego, a Rigorous Look at What’s Being Learned from the WannaCry and NotPETYA Attacks

February 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
On Friday at the Health IT Summit in San Diego, healthcare IT security leaders parsed some of the dramatic cyberattacks of the past year, and what’s been learned from them—and where CIOs, CISOs and their colleagues need to go from here

Five Breaches in 2012 Lead to $3.5 Million OCR Settlement

February 1, 2018  | 
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.

Report: In New Digital Environments, Data Breaches are the Norm

January 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The rush to embrace new digital environments across many industries has created more attack surfaces and new risks for data that need to be offset by data security controls, according to a new report.

Epic Tops in Best in KLAS for Eighth Straight Year

January 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
The 2018 Best in KLAS Software and Services report, released this week by Orem, Utah-based KLAS, named the top-performing companies within various market segments based on customer feedback, and once again Epic earned the ranking of number-one Overall Software...

Allscripts Hit with Class-Action Complaint Following Ransomware Attack

January 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
It was just last week when EHR vendor Allscripts suffered a ransomware attack that impacted some of its services. Now, the company is being hit with a class-action complaint from one of the providers that was affected.

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

January 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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.

Healthcare Informatics Podcast: Cybersecurity Guru Mac McMillan on Disruption that Could be Coming in 2018

January 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Mac McMillan recently spoke to Healthcare Informatics about cybersecurity lessons he learned in 2017, what trends he’s looking out for in 2018, and how his firm handles calls from healthcare organizations that have suffered a breach.


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