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Tennessee Hospital’s EHR Hacked by Cryptocurrency Malware

February 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

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

February 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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
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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.

Five Breaches in 2012 Lead to $3.5 Million OCR Settlement

February 1, 2018  | 
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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.

Health IT Now Forms Opioid Safety Alliance with Tech-Centric Agenda

January 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health IT Now has launched its Opioid Safety Alliance with the aim to advance technology-enabled solutions to combat the scourge of opioid misuse.

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

January 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

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,...

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.

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