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Healthcare Continues To Bear the Brunt of Ransomware Attacks

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Healthcare remains the most targeted industry by ransomware attacks, which have spiked in the third quarter of 2018, according to latest data from specialist insurer Beazley. Ransom demands in the most sophisticated type of breaches also...

HHS Opens Healthcare Cybersecurity Center To Aid Private Sector

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HHS has opened its Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3), which will be a healthcare cybersecurity threat analysis and incident response partner to the private sector. HC3 replaces the Healthcare Cybersecurity and...

Acute Care Moves To Secure Healthcare Communication Platforms

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Acute care organizations are moving toward secure healthcare communication platforms that streamline enterprise-wide communication, while ambulatory organizations are focused on HIPAA-compliant secure messaging. That was one finding of a...

Server Configuration Is Top Healthcare Software Vulnerability

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Server configuration is the top healthcare software vulnerability, followed by information leakage and cryptographic issues, according to Veracode’s State of Software Security (SOSS) study. Other top vulnerabilities for...

HHS OIG Probes Healthcare.gov Portal Data Breach Affecting 75K

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HHS OIG is investigating the Healthcare.gov portal data breach that put personal information on 75,000 individuals at risk. So far, the office has determined that no PHI, banking, or tax information was exposed during the breach,...

HSCC Wants Healthcare Cybersecurity Waiver to Anti-kickback Rules

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The Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) asked the HHS OIG for a waiver to the anti-kickback rules to enable the donation of healthcare cybersecurity technology and services to improve the cybersecurity of smaller healthcare...

Another Major Storm, Another HHS HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar has issued another HIPAA Privacy Rule waiver for US territory the Northern Marianas Islands, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu this week. Super Typhoon Yutu was a Category 5 storm when it hit the Northern...

New Opioid Law Includes Expanded Patient Data Sharing Provision

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President Donald Trump signed into law this week a sweeping opioid measure that includes expanded patient data sharing regarding opioid and other substance addiction treatment information. The law, however, does not include a provision...

Healthcare Takes Around 350 Days to Identify, Contain Data Breach

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The healthcare industry had the second highest number of days to identify and contain a data breach, around 350 days, according to a recent study by The Ponemon Institute and IBM. The healthcare industry was second only to the...

ERS Online Coding Error Exposes 1.25M Users to Health Data Breach

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The Employee Retirement System (ERS) of Texas reported to OCR on Oct. 15 that information on potentially 1.25 million people may have been exposed in a health data breach. In a statement on its website, ERS explained that a coding error...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Is a Top Safety Issue for Hospital Pros

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Healthcare cybersecurity was listed as one of the top safety issues for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, behind severe weather and active shooter incidents, according to a survey of 300 healthcare safety professionals by Rave...

Most US Consumers Worry about Electronic Health Records Breach

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A full 80 percent of 1,000 US consumer surveyed by Unisys are concerned that hackers could access their electronic health records (EHRs) at their healthcare provider. Breaking that down, 14 percent are very concerned about an EHR breach,...

FDA Takes Steps to Beef Up Medical Device Security Bona Fides

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The FDA has taken some recent steps to beef up its bona fides in medical device security. First, it recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to implement a new framework for increased...

MNIT Commissioner Faces Legislative Scrutiny Over Phishing Attacks

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Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) Commissioner Johanna Clyborne faced criticism for the four-month delay in informing victims of two phishing attacks that exposed PHI and other personal information on 20,800 clients of the Minnesota Department...

Health Data Breach on Healthcare.gov Portal Affects 75K People

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Personal information of around 75,000 individuals is at risk from a health data breach that affected a Healthcare.gov portal for agents and brokers, CMS announced Oct. 19. The breached portal, called the Direct Enrollment pathway, allows...

Mistakes, Not Hacks, Make Up Bulk of Medicaid Data Breaches

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Most of the Medicaid data breaches that state agencies and their contractors reported in 2016 disclosed information about a single individual and often resulted from misdirected letters or faxes, according to a report released last week by...

CISOs Need to Be Both Healthcare IT Security and Business Experts

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CISOs need to be business experts as well as healthcare IT security experts, observed University of Chicago Medicine VP and CIO Heather Nelson during her Oct. 19 keynote address at the Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance...

OCR Drafts NPRM on ‘Good Faith’ Patient Data Disclosure Rules

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OCR is drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on “good faith” disclosures of patient data by healthcare providers in patient emergencies, such as an opioid overdose. This disclosure could be done without the...

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