Healthcare Information Security

EHR Data Security

73 Percent of Medical Professionals Share Passwords for EHR Access

September 26, 2017 - A recent study examined the prevalence of password sharing among healthcare providers and found nearly three-quarters of surveyed medical professionals have used another staff member’s password to obtain EHR access at work. The study by Hassidim et al. was published in Healthcare Informatics Research and assessed survey responses from 299 healthcare professionals including residents,...


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Maintaining Medical Device Cybersecurity in an Evolving Industry

by Elizabeth Snell

Outdated operating systems in connected devices could create patient safety issues in addition to medical device cybersecurity concerns. A faulty implanted device could impacts patients or ransomware could prevent patients from receiving proper...

MI Computer System Health Data Breach May Involve Data of 106K

by Kate Monica

In March of 2017, Michigan-based McLaren Medical Group (MMG) learned its computer system had been accessed by an unauthorized party, leading to a health data breach, according to an MMG statement issued to HealthITSecurity.com. The accessed system...

PHI of 4.7K Ohio Patients Affected by Unauthorized EHR Access

by Kate Monica

  The Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care (DDC) at UC Health recently suffered an instance of unauthorized EHR access, potentially affecting patient PHI security. On June 2, 2017, the UC Health Privacy Office learned that an employee...

Unauthorized EHR Access Potentially Exposes 14K Records

by Kate Monica

On February 27, 2017, the Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause discovered a potential data breach in which an unauthorized individual gained access to a third-party server containing patient EHRs. While the patient EHRs and the database...

NY Computer Virus Raises Healthcare Data Security Concerns

by Kate Monica

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has been battling a computer virus that was discovered on its computer system early Sunday morning, causing concern over the organization’s healthcare data security. The hospital has voluntarily shut down...

Why Healthcare is a ‘Sitting Duck’ in Data Protection Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations and manufacturers are very vulnerable when it comes to their data protection measures, according to the Intel Security 2016 Data Protection Benchmark Study.   While the gap between data loss and breach discovery...

How Location-Based IT Could Re-invent Healthcare Security

by Roman Foeckl of CoSoSys

We have entered an age where our private data has become an all-too-easy target for malicious individuals or organizations who steal and sell this data for significant profit. Healthcare security is especially important as a hacker made almost...

Possible Microsoft Data Security Flaw Revealed in ‘Golden Key’

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations relying on Microsoft operating systems may want to take note of a recent potential data security issue, and make any necessary patches to ensure that patient information remains secure. Researchers MY123 and Slipstream...

Over 19K Patients Notified in Potential EHR Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A Pennsylvania-based healthcare facility has fallen victim to a possible EHR data breach after unauthorized users hacked into its EHR system, which was managed by Bizmatics. Approximately 19,776 individuals were affected by the security incident...

Hackers Access EHR Data in Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A medical group in Texas is facing a potential healthcare data breach that may have exposed patient and employee information after a hacking incident. Approximately 50,000 individuals were affected by the healthcare data security event at the...

Healthcare Ransomware Threat Leads to Data Security Incident

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Mayfield Brain and Spine has notified some patients that a healthcare ransomware incident, stemming from a malicious email, may have caused a potential healthcare data breach. The incident has affected 23,341 individuals, according to the Office...

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