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

October 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
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
article
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."

Despite HIPAA Law, Researchers Say Getting Medical Records Still is Burdensome

October 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
news
A recent study of 83 hospitals has revealed that there was noncompliance with federal regulations for formats of release and state regulations for request processing times.

Bringing Genetics to the Forefront of Primary Care

October 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
article
Health systems, such as NorthShore University HealthSystem, are now becoming more interested in incorporating genetic information into a patient’s care plan

Open mHealth Co-Founder Named MacArthur Fellow

October 4, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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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.

In New Opioids Legislation, Patient Privacy Holds Serve

October 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
commentary
Congress’ sweeping opioids legislation has created much debate in recent days and weeks, as stakeholders sit on different sides of the table over a key patient privacy element.

Managing the Consumer Data Deluge

October 2, 2018  |  Joe Marion, Industry Voice
commentary
In-home monitoring and diagnostic devices are likely to create substantial new diagnostic data to manage

CDC IT Leader Details Progress on Developing an EHR Blockchain

October 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
article
Askari Rizvi, chief of the technical services branch of the CDC’s Division of Health Care Statistics, discusses a CDC-IBM collaboration to develop a proof of concept for an EHR blockchain.

Aspire Health Suffers Email Breach from Phishing Attack

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
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.

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: Privacy Laws to Remain Intact as Opioids Bill Nears Completion

September 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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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.

Study: Health Plans Account for Majority of Breached Patient Records

September 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
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.

Healthcare’s “RegTech” Opportunity: Avoiding a 2008-Style Crisis

September 21, 2018  |  Robert Lord, Industry Voice, Co-Founder and President of Protenus
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Today, as co-founder of a health technology company, I see healthcare is approaching a similarly dangerous situation as the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009.

HIPAA Settlements: Three Boston Hospitals Pay $1M in Fines for “Boston Trauma” Filming

September 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
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...

Report: Healthcare Lags Other Industries in Phishing Resiliency

September 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
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...

Industry Groups Urge CMS to Reform Stark Laws, HHS Considers Reforming Anti-Kickback Statute

August 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
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.

The Healthcare CISO: An Essential Cyber Guardian

August 24, 2018  |  Nick Giannas, Industry Voice
article
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
news
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.

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

August 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
article
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
news
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.

The Promise and Pitfalls of HIT in Pediatrics: What Boston Children’s Hospital Has Learned

August 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
At the Boston Health IT Summit, one CIO reviews what lessons his pediatric organization has learned in health IT-related experiences.

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

July 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
article
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.

Analysis: Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline in First Half of 2018

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
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
news
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...

New Blockchain Company Has Own Cryptocurrency Payment System

July 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
A new blockchain company attests that it has its own cryptocurrency payment system, with the goal to restore and optimize patient-provider relationships.

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

July 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
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...

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

June 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
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.

House Passes Bill to Align HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2

June 22, 2018  |  David Raths
news
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...

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