Healthcare Information Security
  • LabCorp’s Network Security Breach May Have Exposed PHI of Millions

    July 17, 2018 - After recently dodging a legal bullet over an alleged HIPAA violation, LabCorp is now facing a network security breach that forced the North Carolina-based laboratory diagnostics firm to shut down its IT network, possibly placing PHI of millions of people at risk. In a July 16 statement, LabCorp said it detected suspicious activity during the weekend of July 14-15 on its IT network. It took...

  • Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries

    July 12, 2018 - In their 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report, IBM and the Ponemon Institute found that healthcare data breach costs average $408 per record, the highest of any industry for the eighth straight year and nearly three times higher than the cross-industry average of $148 per record. This compares with an average cost of $380 per record for a healthcare data breach from last year’s...

  • Cass Diverts Patients, Shuts Down EHR Due to Ransomware Attack

    July 10, 2018 - Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri, has diverted trauma and stroke patients and shut down its EHR system due to a ransomware attack, the hospital said in a July 9 statement on its website. Cass became aware of the ransomware attack on its IT infrastructure at 11 AM on Monday. The attack disrupted its internal communication systems and access to its EHR system. In response...

  • Federal Court Sides with Main Line Health in HIPAA Violation Case

    July 6, 2018 - A federal court in Pennsylvania recently ruled against a Main Line Health employee who argued that her dismissal was due to age discrimination, not a HIPAA violation as the company claimed. Philadelphia-based Main Line Health Inc. (MLHI) fired Gloria Terrell for violating HIPAA by accessing a co-worker’s personal data through the company’s internal records system, explained...


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FTC Wants Expanded Authority in Data Security, Privacy

While HHS is the primary federal agency that enforces HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules, the FTC has expanded its enforcement activities in data security and privacy, including taking on now-defunct medical testing firm LabMD over poor data security...

PHI of 18,000 UMCP Patients at Risk in Healthcare Data Breach

UMC Physicians (UMCP), a physician practice managment group set up by Texas-based UMC Health System, announced July 11 that it had notified more than 18,000 patients about a healthcare data breach in which their PHI may have been...

Cass Regional Finally Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

Cass Regional Medical Center finally has its EHR system back online and is no longer diverting emergency patients to other hospitals a week after it suffered a ransomware attack. The initial attack, reported by the Missouri-based hospital on...

Response to Spectre, Meltdown Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Queried

US lawmakers want answers from the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) CERT Coordination Center (CERT-CC) to questions about the industry's response to the Spectre and Meltdown cybersecurity vulnerabilities disclosed in January of...

LabCorp’s Network Security Breach May Have Exposed PHI of Millions

After recently dodging a legal bullet over an alleged HIPAA violation, LabCorp is now facing a network security breach that forced the North Carolina-based laboratory diagnostics firm to shut down its IT network, possibly placing PHI of millions...

Patient Safety Concerns Driving Medical Device Security Investment

Medical device security and patient data privacy are two of the areas in which the healthcare industry is investing to curb the costs of adverse patient safety events, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan. Other areas of investments...

Allscripts Wants Ransomware Attack Class-Action Lawsuit Dismissed

EHR vendor Allscripts wants a district court judge in Illinois to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics over the SamSam ransomware attack that encrypted patient data and took Allscripts’...

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