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Healthcare Data Security

Some Healthcare Firms Struggle To Comply with EU Data Privacy Rule

June 13, 2018 - Around one-third of healthcare organizations are still “on the journey” to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), even though the GDPR took effect May 25, according to a cross-industry global survey of 3,958 IT leaders by Harvey Nash and KPMG. The good news is that 67 percent of healthcare organizations have completed or mostly completed their GDPR...


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New York Suspends Nurse for HIPAA Violation Affecting 3K Patients

by Fred Donovan

The state of New York has suspended Martha Smith-Lightfoot, a former nurse at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), for a HIPAA violation. Smith-Lightfoot admitted to disclosing PHI when she took a list of more than 3,000 patients...

Court Dismisses FTC Order on LabMD’s Data Security Lapses

by Fred Donovan

In a long anticipated ruling, a federal appeals court has thrown out a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order directing the now-defunct medical testing firm LabMD to overhaul its data security program. In 2013, the FTC filed a complaint against...

Dignity Health Data Breach Affects 55.9K Patients

by Fred Donovan

On May 31, California-based Dignity Health reported to OCR that a data breach exposed personal information on 55,947 patients. In a Dignity Health statement emailed to HealthITSecurity.com, the healthcare provider explained that an email list...

Meltdown, Spectre Variants Could Endanger Healthcare Data Security

by Fred Donovan

New variants of the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities were recently discovered by researchers, possibly putting healthcare data security at risk. The vulnerabilities affect hundreds of millions of processors used in desktop computers,...

Utilizing Healthcare Data Security, Cloud for a Stronger Environment

by Bill Kleyman

Data can be a really powerful tool, but it can also introduce some new challenges and definitely some healthcare data security headaches. Let me pause here for a second and put into perspective just how much data we’re creating. A recent...

Taking a Practical Approach to Healthcare Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

Let’s be honest. If you start to discuss all the various aspects of healthcare data security, it’s easy to get overwhelmed quickly. There are so many parts and pieces when it comes to working with proper healthcare security it’s...

Ransomware Attacks Topped List of Cyber Insurance Claims

by Fred Donovan

More than one-quarter of cyber insurance claims received by AIG last year were the result of ransomware attacks, the largest percentage of any cyberattack type, according to the insurance giant’s 2017 cyber insurance claim statistics. AIG...

Personal Injury Attorney Ads Could Raise Patient Privacy Issues

by Fred Donovan

In a new trend that could raise patient privacy concerns, personal injury attorneys and marketers are using geofencing technology to deliver targeted advertisements to patients’ mobile phones when they visit emergency rooms or clinics,...

PHI Data Security at Risk in Medtronic’s N’Vision Programmer

by Fred Donovan

Medtronic’s N’Vision clinical programmer does not encrypt protected health information (PHI) or personally identifying information (PII) stored on the machine, putting PHI data security at risk to an attacker with physical access...

Data on 500K Patients Exposed in LifeBridge Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

LifeBridge Health, a healthcare provider located in northwest Baltimore, has notified more than 500,000 patients that their personal information may have been exposed in a September 2016 healthcare data breach, the provider said in a statement...

Most Healthcare Workers Admit to Non-Secure Healthcare Data Sharing

by Fred Donovan

Most healthcare workers surveyed admit to non-secure healthcare data sharing using email. A disturbing 87 percent of healthcare workers admit to using non-secure email to send sensitive information, including PHI, according to survey data provided...

Steward Must Satisfy Jury Doc Got Sacked for HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

A Massachusetts federal judge ruled May 16 that Boston-based Steward Healthcare System must convince a jury that it fired a psychiatrist for an alleged HIPAA violation, not in retaliation for his taking disability leave after contracting pneumonia,...

Cyberattackers Exploiting Weaknesses in Healthcare Data Security

by Fred Donovan

Cyberattackers are exploiting inherent weaknesses in healthcare data security, making the sector the most targeted industry in the first quarter of 2018, according to Rapid7’s quarterly threat report released May 15. The Rapid7 research...

Healthcare Data Security Programs Get Short Shrift in IT Budgets

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare data security programs continue to be underfunded and understaffed, a Black Book Market Research cybersecurity survey of close to 2,500 healthcare security professionals found. Almost all of the respondents agreed that cyberattackers...

Healthcare Data Security Key Part of NIH All of Us Program

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare data security is a key component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored All of Us precision medicine research program, said Program Director Eric Dishman in opening the national enrollment for the program. “[Data...

Philips CT Scanner Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Pose PHI Risk

by Fred Donovan

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Philips Brilliance CT scanners could be exploited by an attacker to steal protected health information (PHI) and other sensitive data files, warned the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team...

UnityPoint Allegedly Mishandled Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

UnityPoint Health delayed reporting a healthcare data breach, incorrectly told affected patients that their Social Security numbers were not part of the breach, and declined to compensate victims for damage to their credit from the breach, charged...

1.13M Records Exposed by 110 Healthcare Data Breaches in Q1 2018

by Fred Donovan

Around 1.13 million patient records were compromised in 110 healthcare data breaches in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released May 3 in the Protenus Breach Barometer. Healthcare insiders were most likely to snoop on family members—a...

5 Critical Healthcare Data Security Implementations for Providers

by Bill Kleyman

I get the chance to work with smaller clinics and very large healthcare providers. If you hide the name and the size of the organization, many of them share very similar security concerns. The good news is that innovation in the healthcare data...

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