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AHA Calls for Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) aims to help providers develop and share approaches to developing strong healthcare cybersecurity measures through its Cybersecurity webpage, according to a recent blog post. The webpage is dedicated to...

Are Third-Parties Compromising Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the recent spike in healthcare data breaches, it is pertinent that healthcare organizations implement and understand healthcare data security positions of third-party vendors, but most companies claim that they do not have the resources...

MedStar Ransomware Attack Caused by Known Security Flaw

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Last month’s ransomware attack on MedStar Health’s computer systems was from a well-known security vulnerability in an application server, according to an Associated Press article. The ransomware attack occurred after hackers discovered...

Computer Virus Possibly Exposes PHI in Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Mercy Iowa City, an acute care hospital and regional referral center, recently announced that it experienced a possible healthcare data breach after discovering a computer virus. While Mercy Iowa City did not state how many individuals were affected,...

NIST Group to Fund Healthcare ID, EHR Security Pilot Project

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office has announced a new funding opportunity for innovations in federating identity credentials across the healthcare industry and promoting EHR security, according...

New Business Associate Group Talks Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) recently announced the establishment of the HITRUST Business Associate Council (BA Council), which provides healthcare business associates and vendors with a forum for discussing third-party healthcare...

Healthcare Data Breaches Most Common in 2015 Incidents

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare data breaches accounted for the most data security incidents in 2015, the second annual Baker Hostetler Data Security Incident Response Report stated. The report analyzed the lessons learned from over 300 data security incidents that...

HIPAA Compliance Knowledge Growing Amongst Healthcare Pros

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations are doing more to remain HIPAA compliant compared to two years ago, says NueMD’s 2016 HIPAA Survey Update. The survey looked at HIPAA compliance trends amongst 927 healthcare professionals as a follow-up to a similar...

Ransomware Attack in DC Causes Health Data Breach Concerns

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The FBI is investigating a recent potential ransomware attack at MedStar Health, a healthcare system based in Washington DC and Maryland. According to The Washington Post, MedStar Health officials shut down its email and EHR systems on March...

Health Data Security Considerations in Precision Medicine

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI): Draft Data Security Principles and Framework is a positive step towards better health data security, according...

Ransomware Attack Hits KY Hospital, Patient Files Encrypted

by Sara Heath

A Kentucky-based hospital has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, according to Jessica Gavin of WFIE. According to sources at Methodist Hospital, its servers were infected with the Locky ransomware virus, which copies all vital files, encrypts...

Congress Concerned on Patient Privacy with Healthcare.gov

by Sara Heath

Republican Senate and House committee leaders are asking government officials to provide them with information regarding potential patient privacy issues and security incidents that occurred on Healthcare.gov, the website for statewide health...

OIG Finds VA Fails to Meet FISMA, FITARA Health IT Security

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), in its efforts to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) EHR, has failed to meet several health IT security protocol that is a part of the Federal Information...

VA Feb. PHI Data Breach Report Shows Increase in Incidents

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that more veterans were potentially affected by health data breaches compared to the previous month, according to its February report to Congress. The report states that 817 veterans were affected...

Wal-Mart Pharmacy Coding Error Causes Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Wal-Mart’s online pharmacy suffered a healthcare data breach last month after a software coding error led some customers to be able to view other customers’ data. According to a Reuters report, Wal-Mart underwent a 72-hour period...

$7.5M Healthcare Data Breach Settlement for St. Joseph Health

by Sara Heath

A class-action lawsuit against St. Joseph Health System for a 2012 healthcare data breach has been resolved, resulting in SJHS paying the class members $242 each, splitting the total settlement check of $7.5 million. According to court documents,...

Large Data Breaches Top Worry for Health Pros, Survey Shows

by Sara Heath

Large-scale data breaches, like the ones that have been affecting the healthcare industry in recent years, are a key issue in several industries. Numerous organizations are becoming highly concerned about the possibility of being affected by...

How EHNAC Hopes to ‘Raise the Bar’ in Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS –The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has been accrediting electronic healthcare networks since 1995, and is no stranger to understanding the importance of health data security. With the increase...

ONC HIT Report to Congress Discusses Data Privacy, Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Health data privacy and security are just one of several potential barriers when it comes to modernizing and integrating the health IT infrastructure, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The ONC...

Ponemon: Healthcare Cyber Attack Averages One Per Month

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Healthcare cybersecurity must improve, as organizations average about one healthcare cyber attack per month, according to a recent Ponemon survey. In The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016, Ponemon also found...

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