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Twelve States File First Multistate Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

December 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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State Attorneys General from a dozen states filed a lawsuit Monday against two health IT companies alleging that poor security practices led to theft of protected health information (PHI) of 3.9 million individuals during a data security incident in 2015.

A Look into the Future with IDC Health Insights’ Mutaz Shegewi

December 3, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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An interview with Mutaz Shegewi of IDC Health Insights about tech trends impacting healthcare over the next five years.

Top Three 2019 Healthcare Cybersecurity Trends

December 3, 2018  |  Christian Aboujaoude, Industry Voice, Senior Director Enterprise Architecture, Scripps Health
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Inside this story are some of the biggest cybersecurity threat trends facing the healthcare industry for 2019, and some recommendations to combat them.

Ohio/WV Ransomware Attack Forces Some ER Patients Elsewhere

November 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Hospitals in Ohio and West Virginia were unable to accept patients from emergency service transports this past weekend following a ransomware attack on the hospitals’ computer systems

Phishing Attack on Healthcare Provider Impacts 128K Patient Records

November 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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New York Oncology Hematology, based in Albany, New York, is notifying its patients and employees that an unauthorized user may have gained access to several employee email accounts, and, potentially, accessed employee or patient data as a result of a phishing...

Study: Internal Negligence, Not Hackers, Responsible for Half of Data Breaches

November 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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While high-profile data breaches perpetrated by cyber criminals and hackers often make big headlines, a recent study found that more than half of healthcare data breaches are a result of internal issues, not external factors.

Cybersecurity, Telehealth and Interoperability “Top of Mind” for IT Execs in 2019

November 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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As health system leaders look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year, they are increasing their spending to defend against cyberattacks, expressing optimism about reimbursement for telehealth services, and feeling anxiety about tech...

Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Perception and Reality of Medical Device Security

November 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A recent survey of healthcare IT professionals found a troubling disconnect between IT leaders’ confidence in the visibility and security of their connected medical devices and the effectiveness of legacy solutions to secure connected medical devices.

HHS Opens Rebranded Healthcare Cyber Center

November 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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HHS this week officially opened the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3), designed to strengthen coordination and cybersecurity information sharing within the healthcare sector and promote cybersecurity resilience.

Health Data Breach on Healthcare.gov Portal Impacts 75K People

October 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) direct enrollment pathway for agents and brokers suffered a cyber attack last week and the hackers accessed the files of approximately 75,000 individuals, according to a new release issued by CMS last Friday.

FDA Releases Draft Premarket Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Device Manufacturers

October 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance to the healthcare industry that updates cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers with the aim of addressing vulnerabilities and evolving cybersecurity threats.

GUEST BLOG: The Cybersecurity Shortage: Closing the Gap

October 17, 2018  |  Mac McMillan, Industry Voice
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The gap between the level of cybersecurity preparation that should exist in the current environment, and the reality, is both troubling and in need of closer examination, says Mac McMillan

Anthem Agrees to Record Payment—$16M—for Largest U.S. Health Data Breach

October 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to HHS' Office for Civil Rights to settle potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules violations in the largest U.S. health data breach in history.

CISOs, CIOs Not Confident in Their Medical Device Security Strategy, New KLAS Research Finds

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A new report from KLAS Research sheds light on the current state of the medical device security industry, including the finding that one-third of connected medical devices are "unpatchable."

Aspire Health Suffers Email Breach from Phishing Attack

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Aspire Health, a Nashville-based in-home healthcare provider, was hacked Sept. 3 as a result of a phishing attack and “lost” some protected health information (PHI), according to a report by the Tennessean.com.

Coping With a Prolonged EHR Downtime

September 28, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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How ready is your health system to survive a prolonged EHR downtime? Do your clinicians have alternate ways to record their prescriptions, lab orders and progress notes?

Research: Hackers Leveraging Error Messages from Connected Medical Devices

September 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Recent research has identified a new trend in cyber attacks targeting connected medical devices—by simply monitoring the network traffic for common error messages, hackers can gain valuable insight into the inner workings of a device’s application.

Report: Healthcare Lags Other Industries in Phishing Resiliency

September 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Phishing attacks are a serious problem in the healthcare industry, yet a recent report found that the healthcare industry continues to trail behind many other industries in its phishing resiliency.

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Report Gaps in Disaster Preparedness Plans

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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As Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast this week, disaster preparedness is a timely topic, yet a new survey finds that only 72 percent of healthcare providers report their organizations have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place covering...

The Healthcare CISO: An Essential Cyber Guardian

August 24, 2018  |  Nick Giannas, Industry Voice
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As cybersecurity incidents continue to increase and evolve, the CISO has become a pivotal role. What are the challenges healthcare leaders face in identifying and recruiting CISO candidates?

Phishing Attack at Georgia Health System May Have Exposed 400K Patients’ Data

August 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Augusta University Health System, based in Augusta, Georgia, has reported that a phishing attack on email accounts that occurred last fall may have led to the unauthorized access of protected health information (PHI) of approximately 417,000 individuals.

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

August 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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...

Report: Cyber Attacks on the Rise and Evolving, as Ransomware Declines

June 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Cyberthreats are continuing to increase and shift, and even though ransomware attacks are significantly declining, cyberattacks are on the rise, according to a new report from the global association ISACA.

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