October 4, 2018 | David Raths, Contributing Editor
Deborah Estrin, a professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded a 2018 MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work using mobile devices and data to address social challenges.
September 28, 2018 | Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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.
September 27, 2018 | Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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.
September 25, 2018 | Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
As leading healthcare stakeholder groups remain on different sides of the fence regarding patient privacy laws in a sweeping opioids legislation, it’s looking like privacy advocates will win the battle.
September 25, 2018 | Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Health plans accounted for the greatest number of patient records breached over the past seven years, according to an analysis of U.S. health care data conducted by two Massachusetts General Hospital physicians.
September 20, 2018 | Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Three Boston hospitals that allowed film crews to film an ABC documentary on their premises have settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...
September 12, 2018 | Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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...
On June 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information (RFI) for public input on how to address any undue regulatory impact and burden of the physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark Law.
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.
August 15, 2018 | Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill designed to align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA for the purposes of health care treatment, payment, and operations. One goal of the change is so that care can be better coordinated and providers can have...