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Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

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Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed....

Evolving Cybersecurity Threats, Protecting Data Top HHS Challenges

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Adequately addressing the industry’s current cybersecurity threats is a key aspect to one of the major management and performance challenges for HHS, the Office of Inspector General determined in its annual report. OIG’s 2017 Top...

Catholic Charities Healthcare Cyberattack Impacts 4.6K

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Catholic Charities announced that its Glens Falls office experienced a healthcare cyberattack on a server containing information of approximately 4,600 current and former clients and several employees. Unauthorized software was discovered on...

AHIMA Notes Cybersecurity Prep, HIPAA Compliance as Focus Areas

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All healthcare organizations can work on improving their privacy and security by focusing on their cybersecurity preparation, HIPAA compliance, and staying people-oriented, according to a recent blog post on the Journal of AHIMA. AHIMA’s...

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

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While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond,...

HIPAA Info Included in Updated MD Data Breach Notification Law

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Maryland has updated its data breach notification law, with information protected under HIPAA to be included under the definition of personal information. Should that data be compromised in a data breach, state organizations will need to notify...

CareFirst Data Breach Case Moves to US Supreme Court

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A petition for writ of certiorari was recently filed with the US Supreme Court, pushing the CareFirst data breach case forward. CareFirst wants its case reviewed, which could potentially reignite the debate over how plaintiffs need to establish...

How Secure Messaging, Texting Benefit Healthcare Providers

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As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and impact the healthcare industry, it is essential that providers are able to maintain communications to ensure patients receive necessary care. Healthcare secure messaging and secure texting are quickly...

How Healthcare Orgs Can Implement Strong End-User Security

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End-user security is a critical aspect to overall health data security, especially as more organizations are implementing technologies allowing employees to be mobile. HIMSS Privacy and Security Director Lee Kim JD, CISSP, CIPP/US, FHIMSS recently...

Increased Patient Data Access Requires Strong Health Data Security

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As more healthcare organizations offer increased options for patient data access, it is crucial that health data security measures do not become an afterthought. HIPAA regulations allow for patients to access their own health data, but there...

Data Backups Aid in Ransomware Attack Recovery for KS Agency

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East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) said in an online statement that it was the victim of a ransomware attack on September 5, 2017, leaving files encrypted and inaccessible. ECKAAA said it immediately hired a cybersecurity company...

Proposals Made for Improved State Data Breach Laws

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The large-scale Equifax data breach has pushed some states into creating more stringent state data breach laws, looking to close gaps in how sensitive consumer information is protected. The Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development...

Researchers Question Previous Health Data Breach Study

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Claiming that larger healthcare facilities have a higher risk of experiencing a health data breach “neglects inherent biases in data collection and reporting practices,” according to a letter published in the Journal of the American...

FDA Calls for Continuous Collaboration in Medical Device Security

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Healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on connected devices, which is why medical device security must remain a top priority. Cybersecurity threats are a constant worry but the FDA aims to help healthcare organizations remain innovative...

ECRI: Healthcare Ransomware, Cybersecurity Threats Top Concerns

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Healthcare organizations need to understand the potential safety issues that come with medical devices and systems, according to the ECRI Institute. Healthcare ransomware threats, medical device networking flaws, and other cybersecurity threats...

Stakeholders Stress Healthcare Cybersecurity Focus for HHS

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Ensuring that healthcare cybersecurity measures continue to improve must remain a key focus area for HHS, industry stakeholders explained in responses to the HHS Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. Cybersecurity and healthcare...

Secure Health Data Exchange Key Focus for AMA Investment

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The nationwide push for interoperability has helped fuel the desire for healthcare to find ways to implement secure health data exchange. Information should be able to flow freely, but data security concerns can be a great hindrance in entities...

HHS Cybersecurity Measures Center of Recent Legislation

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Two House Energy and Commerce Committee members reintroduced legislation to address HHS cybersecurity measures, helping the agency better establish its role as an authority in facing current cybersecurity challenges. Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)...

What Should Entities Expect with OCR HIPAA Enforcement?

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There have been nine OCR HIPAA enforcement settlements so far in 2017, highlighting the need for covered entities and business associates to focus on audit controls, risk management, and business associate agreements. While there has been a new...

Computer Theft Raises Health Data Security Concerns for 8K

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Brevard Physician Associates announced on its website that it was burglarized on September 4, 2017, raising possible health data security concerns for 7,976 patients. The Melbourne, Florida-based facility stated that it was notified on September...

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