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Risk Posed By 3rd-Party Services Is Big Healthcare Security Worry

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BOSTON—Security risks posed by integration of third-party patient services will be an ongoing healthcare security concern for organizations, commented Johns Hopkins University and Medicine CISO Darren Lacey during a panel...

Anthem to Pay Record $16M for HIPAA Violations Exposing 79M Records

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Anthem has agreed to pay a record $16 million, almost three times the previous highest HIPAA penalty, and to take correct actions to settle HIPAA violations that exposed the ePHI of close to 79 million people, OCR announced Oct....

Security Leaders Will Need to Protect Patient Privacy at Home

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BOSTON – Healthcare security leaders need to think beyond protecting the organization to protecting patient privacy and data security at home in the coming years, observed Christiana Care Health System CISO Anahi Santiago. “At...

FDA Warns of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in CareLink Programmers

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The FDA has issued a medical device safety alert about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s CareLink programmers that could enable an attacker to change the functionality of the programmer or the implanted pacemaker it...

Azar Issues 2nd HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver in As Many Months

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As in the case of Hurricane Florence, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has waived sanctions and penalties under certain HIPAA Privacy Rule provisions for areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. The waiver is intended to enable greater information...

Aetna Reaches Settlements with State AGs Over HIPAA Violations

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Health insurer Aetna has reached settlements with a number of state attorney generals over HIPAA violations resulting from mailings to HIV/AIDS and cardiac patients, the New Jersey attorney general announced Oct. 10. The three states and...

‘Payment Notification’ Is Top Healthcare Phishing Attack Subject

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The term “Payment Notification” is the top healthcare phishing attack subject, appearing in 58 percent of healthcare phishing attack campaigns in 2018, according to the latest data from Cofense. Other popular subjects in...

Michigan Medicine Reports 2nd Healthcare Data Breach This Year

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The University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine reported to OCR on Sept. 28 that there was an unauthorized access/disclosure of paper records that affected 3,624 individuals. In a press release, Michigan Medicine said that there was...

Woman Charges WV Firm With Violating Her Patient Privacy Rights

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Elizabeth Fry, a resident of Logan County, West Virginia, has filed a state lawsuit in Kanasha Circuit Court charging that Charleston-based Molina Information Systems violated her patient privacy rights by providing third party access to...

OIG Forms Team to Protect HHS, Boost Cybersecurity Best Practices

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The HHS OIG has formed a multidisciplinary cybersecurity team composed of auditors, evaluators, investigators, and attorneys from various HHS agencies to help protect department data and systems and foster cybersecurity best practices...

Same Cybersecurity Vulnerability Uncovered in Different Devices

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Security researcher Dan Regalado at Zingbox uncovered the same cybersecurity vulnerability — information exposure through an error message — in two medical devices made by different manufacturers. Regalado then notified the...

Hospitals Fail at HIPAA Compliance Re Medical Records Requests

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Many hospitals failed at HIPAA compliance in response to simulated patients’ requests for medical records, according to a study by Yale researchers published in the JAMA Network Open. The researchers surveyed 83 top-ranked US...

California Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Health Data Breach Suit

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The California Superior Court has denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against A.J. Boggs & Company for a health data breach that exposed confidential medical records of 93 individuals with HIV, Lambda Legal, who is...

Healthcare IT Execs Lack Confidence in Medical Device Security

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More than 60 percent of healthcare IT executives lack confidence that their current medical device security strategy protects patient safety and prevents disruptions in care. The survey found that only 39 percent of respondents were...

Healthcare Data Security Threatened by APTs Targeting MSPs

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Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are targeting managed service providers’ networks, endangering healthcare data security and data security in other US critical infrastructure sectors, warned the National Cybersecurity and...

PHI Data Security of 19,000 Toyota Employees at Risk

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Toyota Industries North America announced Sept. 28 that a data breach involving 19,000 current and former employees and health plan participants may have put PHI data security at risk.   Toyota said it discovered on Aug. 30 that an...

Remote Access System Hacking Is No. 1 Patient Safety Risk

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Hackers attacking healthcare through remote access systems and disrupting operations is the number one patient safety risk, according to the ECRI Institute’s annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2019. ECRI Institute said it...

HPH SCC Set To Issue Cybersecurity Best Practices for Healthcare

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The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPH SCC) soon plans to release voluntary cybersecurity best practices for medical device manufacturers and healthcare providers, the groups announced Oct. 1 on the kickoff...

Partnership Uses Blockchain Technology To Secure Fertility Data

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A partnership between Donor Concierge and ALTR will use blockchain technology to secure health data and patient privacy for FRTYL, a service that links fertility agencies and clinics with parents seeking infertility...

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