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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...

FDA Unveils MITRE’s Medical Device Security Playbook

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The FDA released Oct. 1 a medical device security playbook it developed with MITRE to advise healthcare organizations on securing their medical equipment.  The playbook is intended to enable healthcare organizations plan for and...

NIST Warns About Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Healthcare IoT

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NIST has issued a draft report examining the cybersecurity vulnerabilities and privacy risks posed by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including healthcare IoT.  “Many organizations are not necessarily aware they are using a...

Despite Patient Privacy Risks, More People Use Wearables for Health

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Despite the patient privacy risks that collecting health data on insecure wearable devices could pose, the number of US consumers tracking their health data with wearables has more than doubled since 2013, according to the Deloitte 2018...

FDA’s Cybersecurity Unit Would Set Up CyberMed Safety Board

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The FDA’s proposed cybersecurity unit would help establish the public-private CyberMed Safety Board mentioned in the FDA's medical device safety action plan issued in April, FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo recently told...

Iowa County Government Employee Alleges HIPAA Violation

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An employee of the Iowa’s Mahaska County government alleged that another employee committed a HIPAA violation when she locked a member of the public inside a building where files containing PHI were stored unsecured, the...

VON Canada Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

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Home-based healthcare organization VON Canada is recovering from a ransomware attack that shutdown all its computers systems, forcing it to revert to manual operations for scheduling care and exchanging patient information. VON Canada...

Hacker Steals 124 PHI-Laden Emails in Aspire Phishing Attack

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Aspire Health, a Nashville-based in-home healthcare provider, suffered a phishing attack on Sept. 3 in which a hacker gained access to its internal email system earlier this month, according to court documents cited by...

NTIA Privacy Principles Plan Parallels NIST Privacy Framework Bid

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In parallel with the NIST Privacy Framework effort, the Commerce Department’s NTIA is working on a set of consumer data privacy principles. On Tuesday, it published a request for comment to get consumer and industry feedback on the...

MGH Study Finds Major Increase in US Healthcare Data Breaches

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Since 2010, the total number of healthcare data breaches has increased steadily every year — except in 2015 — from 199 in 2010 to 344 in 2017, according to an analysis of US health care data conducted by two Massachusetts...

While New Strains Slow, Ransomware Attacks Continue Apace

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While the emergence of new ransomware strains has slowed, the total number of ransomware samples is growing, fueling continued ransomware attacks, according to the latest data from McAfee Labs. The number of ransomware samples increased...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Is a Top 2019 Executive Challenge

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Healthcare cybersecurity will be one of the top 10 challenges, issues, and/or opportunities facing healthcare executives next year, according to a new poll by the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG). Healthcare cybersecurity covers such...

Congress Urged To Align 42 CFR Part 2 With HIPAA Privacy Rule

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The Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 is urging Congress to include the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (HR 6082), which would align 42 CFR Part 2 with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, in compromise opioid legislation that the House and...

UMass Memorial to Pay $230,000 for Healthcare Data Breaches

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UMass Memorial healthcare entities have agreed to pay $230,000 to the state of Massachusetts to resolve claims that two separate healthcare data breaches exposed PHI of more than 15,000 state residents. The lawsuit by the Massachusetts...

MA Physician Gets 1-Year Probation for Criminal HIPAA Violation

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Rita Luthra, a Springfield, MA-based gynecologist, was sentenced Sept. 19 to one-year probation for a criminal HIPAA violation and obstruction of a criminal healthcare investigation. In April, a jury convicted her of allowing a...

HHS Still Leads in DMARC Implementation To Stop Phishing Attacks

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With the Oct. 16 deadline looming, HHS continues to lead in securing the most domains of any federal agency as part of the DMARC protocol implementation, which is designed to prevent phishing attacks from succeeding. As of Sept. 14, HHS...

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