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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Helping Struggling Hospitals Recover from Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

The biggest cybersecurity issue for hospitals is response and recovery from ransomware attacks, observed Fernando Martinez, senior vice president and chief digital officer at the Texas Hospital Association and president/CEO of Texas...

Top 5 Healthcare Data Security, Infrastructure Threats

by Bill Kleyman

We’ve had the chance to discuss all of the amazing new solutions and technologies impacting the healthcare world, as well as healthcare data security. We know that IoT, telemedicine, and new healthcare services are all...

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Focus on Victims Who Will Pay Up

by Fred Donovan

Cybercriminals carrying out SamSam ransomware attacks, which have been identified by HHS as posing a significant threat to healthcare organizations this year, focus on victims that are most likely to pay to get their data back, such as...

AI Can Bolster or Undermine Healthcare Data Security, Panel Says

by Fred Donovan

Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to improve healthcare data security, but it can also undermine healthcare data security, observed a panel at the World Medical Innovation Forum held in Boston April 23 to 25. The use and misuse of...

Likely Ransomware Attack Exposes 85K Patient Records in CA

by Fred Donovan

California-based Center for Orthopaedic Specialists (COS) admitted that a recent cybersecurity incident, which was described similar to a ransomware attack, succeeded in encrypting 85,000 patient records. “The patient data that was...

Healthcare Industry Scores Low on Data Security Knowledge

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry is one of the worst when it comes to data security knowledge, according to data from Wombat Security’s learning management system. Customers in the healthcare industry answered 23 percent of IT security...

Does Quantum Computing Threaten Healthcare Data Security?

by Fred Donovan

While some in healthcare see quantum computing as a way to harness big data to improve healthcare diagnostics and drug development, others see it as a threat to healthcare data security. Last year, IBM launched an initiative, IBM Q, to...

Orangeworm Jeopardizes Healthcare Data Security at Large Firms

by Fred Donovan

A new cyber group called Orangeworm is undermining healthcare data security at large firms using malware known as Trojan.Kwampirs to gain remote access to compromised computers, warned security firm Symantec in a new report released April...

Health Data Privacy Rears Its Head at Facebook Hearing

by Fred Donovan

During Congressional hearings last week, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support her bill, Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act, which would...

Healthcare Industry Worst in Stopping Insider Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry is the worst when it comes to stopping insider data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released April 10. The report found that the healthcare industry was the only...

GAO Raps CMS for Lax Healthcare Data Security in Medicare

by Fred Donovan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is lax in its oversight of healthcare data security when it comes to Medicare beneficiaries, particularly for sharing data with researchers, warned a government watchdog agency. Recent...

Virtua To Pay NJ $418,000 for HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

Virtua Medical Group has agreed to pay a $418,000 fine and to beef up its data security in a settlement with the New Jersey government over allegations that it failed to protect patient data of more than 1,650 individuals, resulting in...

HIPAA Covered Entities Get Pass on OR Data Breach Notification Law

by Fred Donovan

HIPAA covered entities in Oregon are exempt from a new requirement that organizations in the state report data breaches within 45 days of discovery. Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law at the end of March amendments (Senate Bill...

How EU Data Privacy Rule Could Impact US Healthcare Providers

by Fred Donovan

US healthcare organizations that handle personal information of EU individuals will face stricter regulatory requirements and possibly hefty fines under the EU’s new data privacy rule set to take effect May 25, 2018. The General...

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