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EMR Vendor Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patient Records

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California-based Redwood Eye Center notified the California Attorney General of a potential breach caused by a ransomware attack on its EMR hosting vendor IT Lighthouse. The third-party vendor hosts and stores the specialist’s...

DHS Flags Encryption Vulnerability in Philips HealthSuite Android App

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The Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center issued an alert on a vulnerability found in the Philips HealthSuite Health Android app, which would take only a low level of skill to...

Biggest Challenges, Lessons Learned from Health Cybersecurity in 2018

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The cybersecurity issues faced by the healthcare sector in 2018 aren’t much different from those in recent years. However, hackers are increasing in sophistication and steadily improving success rates. The year started off with a...

20,000 Patients Impacted by Ransomware Attack on Illinois Specialist

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The Center for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases in Illinois recently began notifying 20,371 patients that their data was potentially breached after a ransomware attack in September. On September 18, officials discovered a ransomware attack...

AHIMA, AMIA Call for HIPAA Upgrade to Support Patient Access

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HIPAA needs to be modernized to improve patient access to health data and bolster security of the app ecosystem, American Medical Informatics Association and American Health Information Management Association leaders said at a Capitol Hill...

How to Build a Balanced Healthcare Cybersecurity Budget

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The majority of healthcare security stakeholders agree that cybersecurity budgets are underfunded. And frankly, health organizations aren’t keeping pace with hackers who are continuously improving in sophistication. Data security...

OCR Fines Florida Physicians Group $500,000 for HIPAA Failures

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Florida-based Advanced Care Hospitalists was fined $500,000 by the Office for Civil Rights for multiple HIPAA compliance failures, including sharing protected health information with an unknown vendor. According to officials, ACH...

12 States Sue Business Associate for 2015 Health Data Breach

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A dozen states have filed a Federal lawsuit against Indiana-based Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) and subsidiary NoMoreClipboard, over a 2015 hack that breached the data of more than 3.9 million patients nationwide. The Attorneys...

42,000 Records Breached in Cancer Treatment Center Phishing Hack

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center is notifying about 41,948 patients that their personal data was potentially breached by a phishing attack. On September 26, officials discovered an email account was...

Iron-Clad HIPAA, EULAs; But Can a Dispute Put Patient Data at Risk?

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A recent breach notification has left many scratching their heads. Key Dental Group notified patients their data was potentially breached when an EMR vendor allegedly refused to return a patient database. In the notification, the...

Ransomware Attack Impacts EHR of Rhode Island Provider

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Rhode Island-based Thundermist Health Center was hit by a ransomware attack early Thursday, impacting some patient care. According to its website, officials acted quickly to contain the attack and were able to protect patient data and...

Pharmaceutical Companies Most Targeted Industry by Cybercriminals

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Phishing attacks and fraudulent business email compromise against the pharmaceutical sector have jumped 149 percent in the past year, making the biopharma sector the most targeted industry by hackers. According to Proofpoint researchers,...

Data of 7,000 Tandigm Health Patients Exposed by Site Vulnerability

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Philadelphia-based Tandigm Health recently notified about 7,000 patients that their personal data may have been exposed for more than six months, due to a website vulnerability. On Sept. 25, 2018, Tandigm officials discovered a potential...

DOJ Indicts SamSam Hackers Behind Targeted Ransomware Attacks

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The Department of Justice indicted two Iranian hackers behind the targeted and highly successful SamSam ransomware campaign that has plagued the healthcare sector for several years. The federal prosecutors charged Mohammad Mehdi Shah...

2.65M Atrium Health Patient Records Breached in Third-Party Vendor Hack

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The data of more than 2.65 million Atrium Health patients was breached for a week-long period, due to a cyberattack on the health system’s billing vendor AccuDoc Solutions in September. The North Carolina billing vendor prepares...

Arizona MCOs Fail OIG Security Audit, Putting Medicaid Data at Risk

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A Department of Health and Human Service Office of Inspector General audit of two Arizona Managed Care Organizations found significant, security vulnerabilities in its information systems, which call into question the integrity of the...

Pennsylvania Judge Rules UPMC Must Protect Employee Data

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is responsible for protecting personal employee data from hackers: The latest in a lengthy class-action lawsuit filed by UPMC employees against...

Dental Breach Notification Sparked by EMR Vendor Refusal

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Florida-based Key Dental Group is notifying some of its patients of a breach, after its electronic medical record vendor refused to return a patient database at the end of its contract. According to officials, Key Dental received a...

Allergy Associates Settles with OCR for $125K over HIPAA Violation

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Connecticut-based Allergy Associates of Hartford settled with the Office for Civil Rights for $125,000, for a 2015 incident involving impermissible disclosure of a patient’s protected health information to a reporter. In February...

Weekend Ransomware Attack Interrupts Care at 2 Ohio Hospitals

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Patients needing emergency care were diverted away from East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center over the weekend due to a ransomware attack. Officials confirmed the attack began on Friday night and continued into...

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