Healthcare Information Security
  • Patient Data Unaffected in Hancock Health Ransomware Attack

    January 16, 2018 - Indiana-based Hancock Health experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, 2018, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website. Hancock recovered use of its computers and patient information was not adversely affected. Hospital officials told the Greenfield Daily Reporter that Hancock paid $55,000 to recover approximately 1,400 patient files that had been encrypted....

  • Potential WV Health Data Breach from Laptop Theft Affects 43K

    January 11, 2018 - West Virginia-based Coplin Health Systems recently reported a possible health data breach after it discovered that a laptop potentially containing personal health information was stolen. The device was stolen from an employee’s automobile on or about November 2, 2017, the notification letter said, which was signed by Coplin Health Systems CEO Derek Snyder. The laptop was password protected...

  • NH-ISAC Cybersecurity Warning Shows Importance of Regular Updates

    January 8, 2018 - The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (NH-ISAC) Threat Intelligence Committee released a cybersecurity warning last week urging entities to be aware of two potential vulnerabilities. Researchers determined that Meltdown and Spectre could circumvent certain protections and expose “nearly any data the computer processes, such as passwords, proprietary...

  • 29K Impacted by SSM Health Data Breach from Unauthorized Access

    January 4, 2018 - St. Louis, Missouri-based SSM Health recently reported that it experienced a potential data breach after an employee accessed patient records without authorization. The access occurred between February 13, 2017 and October 20, 2017 when the employee was working in the customer service call center, according to SSM Health. At the time, the employee had PHI access to perform regular job functions....


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NC Data Breach Legislation Accounts for Ransomware Attacks

Following an increase in reported state data breaches in 2017, North Carolina’s attorney general and a state representative introduced data breach legislation to better protect individuals. The updated Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections...

Patient Data Unaffected in Hancock Health Ransomware Attack

Indiana-based Hancock Health experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, 2018, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website. Hancock recovered use of its computers and patient information was not adversely affected....

67% of CISOs Believe a Cybersecurity Attack Will Happen in 2018

CISOs are increasingly concerned about the likelihood of falling victim to a cybersecurity attack, with 67 percent reporting that they think their organization will face that type of data breach in 2018, according to a recent survey. Conducted...

Potential WV Health Data Breach from Laptop Theft Affects 43K

West Virginia-based Coplin Health Systems recently reported a possible health data breach after it discovered that a laptop potentially containing personal health information was stolen. The device was stolen from an employee’s automobile...

Kathryn Marchesini Named New ONC Chief Privacy Officer

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced through an internal email that Katheryn Marchesini, JD, had been appointed to the ONC Chief Privacy Officer position. National Coordinator Donald Rucker, MD explained that Marchesini is an...

20% of RNs Had Patient Data Breaches, Claim Response Confidence

There is potentially a disconnect between healthcare professionals’ confidence in preventing patient data breaches and actually being able to do so, according to recent research from the University of Phoenix. Twenty percent of registered...

Data Security Cited in ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Praise

ONC’s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft has so far been met with industry support, with organizations lauding ONC in working to strengthen trust and support for nationwide interoperability while also considering...

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