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Allscripts Ransomware Update: Outages Expected through Monday

January 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Chicago-based Allscripts, one of the most prevalent EHR (electronic health record) vendors in the world, is still working to restore some of its IT systems following a ransomware attack last week.

Survey: 42 Percent of Companies Have Experienced Ransomware Attacks

January 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The percentage of global companies reporting financially motivated cyber-attacks has doubled over the past two years, with 50 percent of surveyed companies associating ransom as the leading motivation for attacks over other attacks, including insider threats,...

Allscripts Acknowledges Ransomware Attack, Says Impact is “Limited”

January 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health IT vendor Allscripts has acknowledged that it is investigating a ransomware incident that has impacted a limited number of its applications.

Media Reports: Massive Data Breach of Norwegian Health Authority Could Impact 3 Million Patients

January 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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International media outlets are reporting that a hacker or hacker group breached the systems of Norway’s Health South East EHF, potentially compromising the healthcare data of nearly 3 million patients, or about half of Norway’s population.

Aetna to Pay $17M in HIV Privacy Breach Lawsuit

January 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Hartford-based Aetna is settling a lawsuit for $17 million over a privacy breach in which the insurer potentially revealed the HIV status of thousands of customers via letters that were mailed out.

What are CISOs Worried About in 2018? Data Breaches and the Human Factor, Survey Finds

January 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Two-thirds of chief information security officers (CISOs) believe that their companies are more likely to fall victim to a cyber attack or will face a data breach this year, according to a report based on a survey of more than 600 CISOs.

Hancock Health Hit with Ransomware Attack, Pays $55K to Recover Data

January 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Hancock Health, a health system based in Greenfield, Indiana, was hit with a ransomware attack Thursday night, and in response, according to media reports, health system officials shut down the entire network and eventually paid the hacker a bitcoin ransom in the...

Survey: One in Five Healthcare Professionals Had Patient Data Breaches

January 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A new survey finds that there is a disconnect between data breaches and the level of confidence that healthcare professionals have in protecting sensitive patient medical and healthcare data.

Scottsdale Institute 2017 CISO Fall Summit: Best Practice Standards in Cybersecurity Risk Management

January 12, 2018  |  Shelley Ducker, Shelley Ducker Communications
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Thirteen chief information officers and chief information security officers of leading health systems convened in Chicago in mid-October to discuss key challenges, best practice standards and collaborative opportunities in cybersecurity.

ONC Names Kathryn Marchesini as Chief Privacy Officer

January 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has named Kathryn Marchesini as the federal agency’s chief privacy officer.

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.

HHS Issues Cybersecurity Report on Processor Vulnerabilities

January 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a report, through its Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) about the recently publicized widespread processor vulnerabilities.

New York Hospital’s Computer Systems Down a Week Due to Cyberattack

January 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Jones Memorial Hospital, a 70-bed acute care facility in Wellsville, N.Y., is in the final stages of bringing its computer systems back online after a cyberattack last week.

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...

Marin General’s Jason Johnson: Culture is Key to Hospital Information Security

January 2, 2018  |  David Raths
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Jason Johnson, manager of information security at Marin General Hospital in California, is working to develop a strong focus on culture and learning rather than just technology solutions.

Colorado Family Practice Discovers Two Cybersecurity Incidents in One Week

January 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A Colorado medical group is notifying patients of multiple cybersecurity hacks on its network within a single week.

November Breach Report: 28 Incidents, 84K Patient Records Affected

December 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The month of November was witness to 28 healthcare data breach incidents and nearly 84,000 patient records impacted, according to the latest report from cybersecurity software company Protenus.

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,...

Healthcare Orgs Not Taking Cybersecurity Seriously Enough, Black Book Reports

December 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than eight in ten provider organizations lack a reliable enterprise leader for cybersecurity, while only 11 percent plan to get a cybersecurity officer in 2018, according to a new report from Black Book.

Healthcare Informatics’ Top 10 Stories of 2017

December 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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It was another exciting year in health IT. Which stories did you, our readers, like the most?

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.

At the Health IT Summit in Dallas, a Probing Discussion of Incident Response Strategy

December 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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What actually happens when a breach occurs inside a patient care organization? Healthcare data security experts shared their perspectives on Friday at the Health IT Summit in Dallas

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)...

A Leading CISO On The Current Threat Environment: “The Days of Just Protecting the EMR are Gone”

December 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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UC Irvine Health’s CISO speaks with us about the current cybersecurity landscape, what threats are most concerning to him, and how being connected to other University of California healthcare organizations changes his job.

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.

Email-Related Cyber Attacks a Top Concern for Providers

December 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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U.S. healthcare providers overwhelmingly rank email as the top source of a potential data breach, according to new research from email and data security company Mimecast and conducted by HIMSS Analytics.

Henry Ford Health System Security Breach Compromises Data of 18K Patients

December 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has acknowledged a data breach in which more than 18,000 patients had their personal health information compromised.

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