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    • CHSI data breach result of Heartbleed bug, says TrustedSec

      The well-known Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI) data breach that compromised 4.5 million patient data was a result of the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability, says information security firm TrustedSec. TrustedSec said in a blog post that the hacke...

    • Children's Mercy Hospital notifies employees of data breach

      Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, Mo. recently alerted 4,076 employees' data may have been exposed in a breach involving its online scheduling application. According to the Kansas City Star, Children's Mercy Hospital used the application tw...

    • Healthcare CSO on CHSI breach: Security technology decisions

      News of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI) experiencing a 4.5-million patient data breach sent ripples through the healthcare industry because of both the sheer scope of the incident and interest in how the hack occurred. For a security director ...

    • CMS denies AP access to Healthcare.gov security records

      The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) refused an Associated Press (AP) request for information regarding HealthCare.Gov security under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). CMS contended that security concerns have been unfounded to thi...

    • Identifying and mitigating healthcare IT security risks

      Being proactive in healthcare IT security means picking out risks before incidents occur, not after the fact. But the challenge is that potential risks are spread across a variety of areas within a healthcare organization. Blair Smith, Ph.D. Dean, Inf...

    • Five healthcare information security education programs

      While there aren't new healthcare IT security education or collaboration programs or being announced on a weekly basis, it seems as though there are more learning opportunities for providers than ever. It's widely understood throughout the healthcar...

    • Chinese hackers compromise 4.5 million patients' data

      Community Health Systems, Inc. reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing that a 4.5 million patient-data breach in which Chinese cyber criminals hacked into its computer network with malware between April and June 2014. According...

    • U.S. Digital Service team "playbook" includes data security

      President Barack Obama's U.S. Digital Service team recently released its "playbook" that collected successful digital systems best practices from the private sector and government. The Digital Service team's goal is to ease some of the burdens of d...

    • EHRA: National patient identity matching strategy needed

      The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) responded earlier this week to Senate Finance Committee members Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley's request for comment in June on balancing health data availability and patient privacy. The EHRA, whi...

    • Tennessee subcontractor tells 60,000 employees of PHI breach

      Onsite Health Diagnostics (OHD), a Tennessee government subcontractor, recently released a notice to local government employees explaining how their data may have been compromised when an unknown party inappropriately accessed OHD's online scheduler in...

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