Healthcare Information Security
  • 417K Patients Exposed In Latest Phishing Attack at AU Health

    August 17, 2018 - Close to half a million people may have had their PHI and other personal information exposed in a September 2017 phishing attack that impacted the Augusta University (AU) Health system. Another phishing attack on July 11, 2018, may have compromised more individuals’ personal data. And two more phishing attacks, one in September 2016 and another in April 2017, exposed even more...

  • 258K People At Risk in Adams County of Wisconsin Data Breach

    August 16, 2018 - Personal information, including PHI, on 258,120 people was exposed in a data breach of the Adams County, Wisconsin, computer system. The Adams County government said in an August 10 release that the breach involved PII, PHI, and tax information from the county’s Veteran Service Office, Extension Office, Adams County Employees, Solid Waste, Health and Human Services (HHS), Child...

  • HIPAA Security Rule Requires Secure Disposal of ePHI-Laden Devices

    August 8, 2018 - The HIPAA Security Rule requires HIPAA covered entities and business associates to implement policies and procedures regarding the secure disposal and re-use of electronic devices and media containing ePHI so that ePHI cannot be retrieved, advised the July 2018 OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter. OCR stressed that improper disposal of electronic devices and media puts the ePHI stored on them...

  • Smart Kids Thermometer Coughs Up Digital Health Data to Hackers

    August 1, 2018 - Ivy Health Kids Thermometer, a smart and portable arm thermometer for babies and small children that connects over Bluetooth to a mobile device app, failed to protect sensitive digital health data of children from hackers, according to testing by CI4S Ltd. on behalf of security firm vpnMentor. Researchers found that hackers could easily break into the thermometer and identify the...


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Philips Delays Fix for Cardiograph Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Philips does not intended to fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its PageWriter Cardiograph devices, which could allow attackers to modify settings on the devices, until mid-year 2019, according to an August 16 advisory from...

Judge Gives Final OK to $115M Anthem Data Breach Settlement

US District Judge Lucy Koh has given final approval to a $115 million settlement that ends further claims against Anthem over its 2015 data breach that exposed personal information on 79 million people. Potentially exposed data included...

417K Patients Exposed In Latest Phishing Attack at AU Health

Close to half a million people may have had their PHI and other personal information exposed in a September 2017 phishing attack that impacted the Augusta University (AU) Health system. Another phishing attack on July 11, 2018, may have...

OIG Faults Maryland for Inadequate Medicaid Data Security

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that Maryland’s Medicaid data security program has failed to secure sensitive data and information systems. An OIG audit released August 14 concluded that numerous, significant...

258K People At Risk in Adams County of Wisconsin Data Breach

Personal information, including PHI, on 258,120 people was exposed in a data breach of the Adams County, Wisconsin, computer system. The Adams County government said in an August 10 release that the breach involved PII, PHI, and tax...

InterAct of Michigan Phishing Attack Exposes PHI on 1,290 People

InterAct of Michigan reported to OCR on August 7 that an email hacking incident may have exposed PHI on 1,290 individuals. In a statement on its website, InterAct explained that it became aware on June 8 that an unauthorized third party...

Healthcare Data Security Angst Drives Biometrics Market Growth

Concerns about healthcare data security and privacy are fueling rapid growth in the healthcare biometrics market, which is forecast by Verified Market Intelligence to grow at a 19.1 percent CAGR through 2025. The market is expected...

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