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How Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Affect National Approach

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Earlier this month, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection of the Homeland Security Committee held a hearing to determine the value and effectiveness of the current engagement between the private sector and the Department...

St. Charles Privacy Incident Leads to DA Criminal Investigation

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Oregon-based St. Charles Health System recently announced a privacy incident where an employee accessed approximately 2,500 patients’ electronic medical information without authorization. St. Charles explained in an online statement that...

WEDI Outlines Tips for Improving Healthcare Cybersecurity

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As healthcare data breaches increase in frequency and become more intricate in types of attacks, organizations must ensure that their healthcare cybersecurity measures appropriately match, according to the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange...

How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

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Concerns over HIE security and how patient data may be shared or accessed could lead to patients withholding some of their personal information, according to Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Blumenthal explained in a recent...

Metropolitan Urology Ransomware Attack Affects 18K Patients

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Wisconsin-based Metropolitan Urology Group (MUG) recently notified patients that it had experienced a ransomware attack on November 28, 206. MUG explained in a statement on its website that it became aware of the incident on January 10, 2017....

IT Security Workers Expect IoT Cybersecurity Attack Increase

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As more industries, including healthcare, continue to implement connected devices in critical infrastructure segments, there will likely be an increase in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity attacks, according to a recent Tripwire...

How Automation, Orchestration Impact Healthcare IT Security

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The modern healthcare organization is a complex IT engine managing numerous users, lots of new resources, rich applications, and new concepts around healthcare service delivery. Here's the reality – the pace of healthcare innovation...

VA University Health System Security Breach Impacts 2.7K

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System recently discovered a data breach potentially impacted over 2,700 patients, according to an announcement in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. On January 10, 2017, VCU Health System became aware...

How AI Can Help Fight Healthcare Ransomware Threats

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Healthcare is facing more ransomware threats every day, and is a prime target for such attacks. However, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) explained in a recent paper that artificial intelligence could greatly aid organizations...

N.M. Senate Committee Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

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A New Mexico data breach notification bill was recently passed by a state Senate Committee, and will move onto the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Los Alamos Daily Post.   Rep. Bill Rehm introduced House Bill 15, and explained...

OIG Finds IT Weaknesses in MA Medicaid Management Info System

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The Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) was not adequately protected, which could have compromised the integrity of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. These...

How Cybersecurity Affects the Evolving Healthcare CISO Role

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The healthcare C-suite continues to evolve, along with the increasingly complex cybersecurity threats. Healthcare CISOs must now have knowledge in many areas, and understand just how far data breach repercussions can go.  The Chief Information...

Expanding Beyond HIPAA Audit Prep for Information Governance

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Earlier this month, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) published its newest toolkit to assist organizations in preparing for HIPAA audits. The “External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit” addresses...

Preparing Healthcare Data Security for the IoT Revolution

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We oftentimes start these security articles with trends, an overview of what happened, and maybe a recent event revolving around cloud security or healthcare data security. The reality is that security has morphed into an ever-changing threat...

ONC Releases PMI Data Security Principles Guide

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The recent Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Security Principles Implementation Guide hopes to assist organizations adopt a framework where participant data is protected, and systems that underline precision medicine research are secured. The...

Allina Health Privacy Incident Possibly Exposes Patient Info

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Minnesota-based Allina Health recently announced that paper documents were emptied into the trash before the documents could be securely shredded. The documents were from a recycling bin in the physician’s private office, and were to be...

Brand New Day Data Breach from Vendor System Access

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A California-based Medicare health plan is notifying approximately 14,000 patients that some of their information may have been compromised in a potential vendor data breach. Brand New Day became aware on December 28, 2016 that a contracting...

How HIPAA Regulations Allow for Patient Data Access

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Patients being able to access their own information is an essential right under HIPAA regulations, according to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). However, patient data access is often misunderstood, and individuals...

How Healthcare Benefits from Cybersecurity Guidelines

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Healthcare entities have several key cybersecurity frameworks to utilize when it comes to implementing necessary cybersecurity guidelines. However, not all organizations necessarily have access to the same type of guidance. Nearly half –...

Risk-Based Cybersecurity Approach Key in HHS IT Strategic Plan

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Improving cybersecurity measures with a risk-based approach is a key component of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recently released Information Technology Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020. The plan is part of an HHS collaborative...

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