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Meditab Medical Records, Physician Notes Breached by Vendor Error

March 19, 2019 - The third-party vendor of California-based Meditab, MedPharm Services, exposed medical data and other real-time personal information on an unsecured fax server, according to a TechCrunch report. Meditab is an electronic medical records software maker, serving doctors, health systems, and pharmacies. The company also processes faxes for those providers in real-time, including...


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Vendor Compromises Data of 808,000 Singapore Blood Donors

by Jessica Davis

The personal information of about 808,201 individuals who have donated or attempted to donate blood in Singapore since 1986 was left exposed online by a vendor of the country’s Health Science Authority. Securs Solutions was working...

Phishing Education, Training Can Reduce Healthcare Cyber Risk

by Jessica Davis

The healthcare sector is uniquely vulnerable to phishing attacks, due to high employee turnover and influx of new employees who may lack previous cybersecurity training, according to a new report published in the Journal of the American...

Pasquotank-Camden EMS Hacking Incident Impacts 40,000 Patients

by Jessica Davis

A hacker recently exploited a vulnerability in the TriTech billing software of North Carolina’s Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services, erasing some files and potentially breaching patient data. Its initial notification to the...

Michigan AG Warns 600,000 Impacted by Wolverine Solutions Breach

by Jessica Davis

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Department of Insurance and Financial Service Director Anna Fox are urging about 600,000 state residents impacted by the ransomware attack on Wolverine Solutions Group to take precautions and...

OIG Finds Vulnerabilities in HHS Security Controls, Detection

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Operating Divisions (OPDIVs) needs to improve its security controls to more effectively detect and prevent cyberattacks, according to a new Office of Inspector General report. Officials...

Delaware Guidance Services Ransomware Attack Impacts 50,000

by Jessica Davis

Dover-based Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth is notifying about 50,000 parents and guardians that their child’s data was impacted during a December ransomware attack. On December 25, DGS discovered ransomware on its...

ONC Information Blocking Rule Raises Privacy and Security Concerns

by Jessica Davis

During HIMSS19 in February, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator released its long-awaited information blocking proposal. While many lauded ONC for its efforts to increase interoperability...

IoT Devices, Ultrasound Machines Pose Risk to Health IT Network

by Jessica Davis

The weakest link of a healthcare IT network is IoT devices, cloud, and mobile, including ultrasound machines, due to legacy operating systems and open source systems, according to a new report from Check Point Research. The researchers...

25% of Healthcare Providers Faced Mobile Device Breach in 2018

by Jessica Davis

Twenty-five percent of healthcare organizations suffered a mobile-related breach in the last year, with 67 percent of those organizations reporting the compromise as “major,” according to the latest Verizon Mobile Security...

Hospitals, Banks Face Greatest Financial Impact from Cyberattacks

by Jessica Davis

Hospitals, security firms, banks, market infrastructure providers potentially face the greatest financial impact from cyberattacks, which could lead to a weakened credit profile, according to a recent Moody’s Investors Service...

EHR Hack Breaches Milestone Family Medicine Patient Data

by Jessica Davis

South Carolina-based Milestone Family Medicine, formerly with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, recently began notifying patients that their data was potentially breached by an unauthorized individual. Officials discovered a hacker...

Security to Shift from Prevention to Threat Detection, Gartner says

by Jessica Davis

Security teams are beginning to shift away from a staunch prevention focus into threat detection and response, as hackers and cyber threats continue to increase in sophistication, according to Gartner. Gartner identified seven risk...

120,000 Health Alliance Patients Impacted by Wolverine Breach

by Jessica Davis

Health Alliance Plan is notifying about 120,000 patients that their personal and medical data was potentially breached after a ransomware attack on its third-party vendor Wolverine Solutions Group in September. According to...

Cybersecurity, Patient Trust, Data Sharing Top Health CIO Priorities

by Jessica Davis

The top priorities of healthcare chief information officers and other leaders are cybersecurity, interoperability, patient trust, data governance, and other areas, depending on the stage of their EHR implementation, according to a new...

Cybersecurity Standards Needed as Interoperability Grows, CHIME says

by Jessica Davis

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recently sent a list of recommendations to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), outlining the need to include cybersecurity in policies designed...

Laptops Pose Serious Data Security Risk to Hospitals, Health Systems

by Jessica Davis

Hospitals and health systems are continuing to struggle with laptop vulnerabilities, caused primarily by endpoint data loss, excessive user permissions, and dormant accounts, according to new findings from Clearwater CyberIntelligence...

Insider Wrongdoing Causes Breach of 16,000 Kentucky Counseling Patients

by Jessica Davis

Kentucky Counseling Center recently notified 16,440 patients that an employee potentially exfiltrated a list of their data that was later shared with a former staff member. According to the notification, a former employee notified KCC...

Healthcare Email Security Defenses Lag Behind Other Industries

by Jessica Davis

Email security defenses in the healthcare sector lag behind other industries, with healthcare organizations currently in the reaction stage of bolstering its defenses, according a recent Mimecast analysis. Mimecast regularly performs...

Senator Taps FDA, HHS, CMS, NIST for Healthcare Cybersecurity Insights

by Jessica Davis

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is stepping up his push to bolster cybersecurity in the healthcare sector, calling on the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies to provide...

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