Healthcare Information Security
  • Could HIPAA be Repealed, Replaced with a Unified Federal Privacy Law?

    January 17, 2019 - The Information Technology and Innovation Fund is recommending a repeal of privacy regulations across the U.S., including HIPAA, to replace the patchwork of federal laws with a unified approach. Among its recommendations, ITIF is calling for data protection rules based on the type of data and the entity collecting it, that enables consumers to make more informed decisions around their...

  • DoD Health Agency Security Flaws Put Patient Data at Risk, OIG Finds

    January 16, 2019 - The Department of Defense Health Agency (DHA) failed to consistently implement security measures to protect the systems that stored, processed, and transmitted electronic health record and patient information, according to a DoD Office of Inspector General report released this week. The report found DHA and Army officials didn’t enforce the use of Common Access Cards meant...

  • Massive SingHealth Data Breach Caused by Lack of Basic Security

    January 10, 2019 - Singapore’s July 2018 personal data breach of 1.5 million SingHealth patients, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was caused by bad system management, a lack of employee training, and other major flaws, according to the 454-page report released today by the investigation committee. The committee was formed shortly after the 2018 breach, which included the personal...

  • Where Does AI Automation Fit Into Health Data Security?

    January 7, 2019 - The 2017 Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force report painted a damning picture of cybersecurity in healthcare, including the discovery that three out of four hospitals operate without a designated security leader. Those providers have been forced to get creative with security, including sharing chief information security officers with other health organizations or elevating...


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Zero-Day Virus Forces EHR Downtime at 21 Health Science North Hospitals

The computer system of Sudbury, Ontario-based Health Sciences North was infected by a zero-day virus, driving officials to shut down its EHR to contain the infection, according to local news outlet CBC Radio-Canada. Staff at the Sudbury...

Could HIPAA be Repealed, Replaced with a Unified Federal Privacy Law?

The Information Technology and Innovation Fund is recommending a repeal of privacy regulations across the U.S., including HIPAA, to replace the patchwork of federal laws with a unified approach. Among its recommendations, ITIF is calling...

Months-Long Phishing Attack on Rehab Center Breaches Patient Data

Memphis-based Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center recently began notifying patients that their personal data was potentially breached due to a phishing attack. Officials discovered the hacker gained access to an employee email account...

DoD Health Agency Security Flaws Put Patient Data at Risk, OIG Finds

The Department of Defense Health Agency (DHA) failed to consistently implement security measures to protect the systems that stored, processed, and transmitted electronic health record and patient information, according to a DoD...

OCR Hiring Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights is looking to hire a Deputy Director of Health Information Privacy, according to a job listing posted on January 14. According to the post on USAJOBS, the senior...

4-Month Breach of BenefitMall Impacts 112,000 Plan Members

Centerstone Insurance and Financial Services, operating as BenefitMall, is notifying 111,589 consumers that their personal data was potentially breached during a months-long phishing attack. On October 11, officials discovered a hacker...

Cryptomining Top Malware Threat, Multi-Purpose Malware Surges

For the past 13 months, cryptomining topped the list of leading malware threats, according to Check Point’s latest Global Threat Index for December 2018. In fact, the top four malware threats were cryptomining variants, despite the...

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