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McLean Hospital Pays Massachusetts $75,000 for 2015 Breach

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Belmont, Massachusetts-based McLean Hospital settled with the state over its 2015 data breach, agreeing to implement new security and training and pay $75,000. The settlement will resolve claims the psychiatric hospital exposed the data...

Malware Attack on BJC Healthcare Breaches Credit Card Data

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The patient portal of Missouri-based BJC Healthcare was hacked with malware, which potentially intercepted the credit and debit card numbers of 5,850 patients. According to officials, the breach was discovered on November 19. An...

Cybersecurity, Access Management Among Top Health IT Risk Areas

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Business continuity and disaster recovery, cybersecurity, biomedical devices, IT governance, system access management, and system implementation will be the biggest IT risk areas for healthcare organizations in 2019, according to a report...

The 10 Biggest U.S. Healthcare Data Breaches of 2018

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The threat landscape has continued to evolve throughout the year, with hackers ramping up targeted, sophisticated attacks. Ransomware continued to plague the healthcare sector, while phishing attacks and insider errors led to some of the...

Social Media Needs Transparent Privacy Policies for Healthcare Data

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Two healthcare leaders are calling for greater transparency and stronger laws that outline the data collection practices of social media platforms. In Applied Clinical Informatics, Carolyn Petersen, Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions...

Email Hack on Vermont Provider Breaches 32,000 Patient Records

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Elizabethtown Community Hospital, part of the University of Vermont Health Network, notified about 32,000 patients that their personal health information was breached during an email hack. On October 18, hospital officials discovered an...

Blockchain, HIPAA Regulation Lead Top 10 Stories of 2018

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Throughout the year, healthcare privacy, security and cybersecurity have a remained a crucial part of boardroom discussions, determining how best to proceed in an ever-evolving threat landscape. Those conversations will continue to...

DHS Finds Encryption Vulnerabilities in Medtronic Programmers

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team discovered encryption vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s 9790 and 2090 CareLink Programmers and 29901 Encore Programmers that could...

Proposed Bill Gives Consumers Right to Dispute PHI Record Accuracy

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The Center for Democracy & Technology released a proposed draft federal privacy bill, centered around a consumer’s right to understanding where their data is located and reasonable access to data upon request. While the draft...

Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patients in Georgia

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A ransomware attack on specialist Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia potentially breached the data of about 16,000 patients. Officials discovered a ransomware attack infected a company server on September 30, a Sunday. The...

AI, IoT, Medical Devices Top Health Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

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Cybersecurity continued to be a struggle for many in the healthcare sector this year, with several massive breaches, successful targeted phishing campaigns, and security events caused by human error. While providers struggled with the...

Email Error, Lack of Encryption Breaches Nebraska Patient Data

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Fremont, Nebraska-based Prairie Fields Family Medicine is notifying 6,450 patients that their patient data was potentially breached due to an emailing error. An employee inadvertently sent an unencrypted spreadsheet to the wrong email...

HHS, OCR Seek Industry Feedback on HIPAA Update for Data Sharing

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The Department of Health and Human Service and the Office for Civil Rights are seeking industry feedback on how to improve HIPAA guidance, especially around care coordination. The OCR Request for Information comes in response to an...

30 Percent of Online Health Databases Expose Patient Data

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About 30 percent of online healthcare databases are left exposed online due to misconfiguration, according to a recent report from IntSights. The researchers scoured the internet to determine how easy it would be for a hacker to access...

OCR Settles with Colorado Provider for $111,000 over HIPAA Failures

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights settled with Pagosa Springs Medical Center for $111,400, for failing to terminate a former employee’s access to electronic protected health...

Third-Party Vendor Hack Breaches 48,000 Baylor Frisco Patients

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Texas-based Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Frisco is notifying about 47,948 patients or guarantors that their payment information was exposed for a week, after a hack on its third-party vendor’s credit card processing...

Malware Attack Hits University of Maryland Medical System

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The University of Maryland Medical System was hit by a malware attack early Sunday morning, disrupting some IT system functions. According to officials, an outside source attempted to infiltrate the IT systems with a malware virus around...

EmblemHealth Fined $100K for 2016 Healthcare Data Breach

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal fined health insurance vendor EmblemHealth $100,000, for its 2016 health data breach of more than 6,000 New Jersey residents. The New York-based insurer’s subsidiary Group Health is also...

Reduce Employee Email Risk by Taking Decisions Away from Users

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Employees and human error often top the list as the healthcare sector’s biggest threat. Considering they are the catalyst for clicking malicious links, engaging with targeted phishing campaigns and mistakenly sending emails to the...

Fax Machine Purchases Banned by UK National Health Service

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Starting in January 2019, the U.K. National Health Service will be banned from buying fax machines for its hospitals and provider offices. Officials have also enacted a plan to phase out the legacy technology by April 1, 2020. All...

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