Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Security

Ransomware Attack Hits KY Hospital, Patient Files Encrypted

by Sara Heath

A Kentucky-based hospital has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, according to Jessica Gavin of WFIE. According to sources at Methodist Hospital, its servers were infected with the Locky ransomware virus, which copies all vital files, encrypts...

Congress Concerned on Patient Privacy with Healthcare.gov

by Sara Heath

Republican Senate and House committee leaders are asking government officials to provide them with information regarding potential patient privacy issues and security incidents that occurred on Healthcare.gov, the website for statewide health...

OIG Finds VA Fails to Meet FISMA, FITARA Health IT Security

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), in its efforts to update its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) EHR, has failed to meet several health IT security protocol that is a part of the Federal Information...

VA Feb. PHI Data Breach Report Shows Increase in Incidents

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that more veterans were potentially affected by health data breaches compared to the previous month, according to its February report to Congress. The report states that 817 veterans were affected...

Wal-Mart Pharmacy Coding Error Causes Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Wal-Mart’s online pharmacy suffered a healthcare data breach last month after a software coding error led some customers to be able to view other customers’ data. According to a Reuters report, Wal-Mart underwent a 72-hour period...

$7.5M Healthcare Data Breach Settlement for St. Joseph Health

by Sara Heath

A class-action lawsuit against St. Joseph Health System for a 2012 healthcare data breach has been resolved, resulting in SJHS paying the class members $242 each, splitting the total settlement check of $7.5 million. According to court documents,...

Large Data Breaches Top Worry for Health Pros, Survey Shows

by Sara Heath

Large-scale data breaches, like the ones that have been affecting the healthcare industry in recent years, are a key issue in several industries. Numerous organizations are becoming highly concerned about the possibility of being affected by...

How EHNAC Hopes to ‘Raise the Bar’ in Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS –The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has been accrediting electronic healthcare networks since 1995, and is no stranger to understanding the importance of health data security. With the increase...

ONC HIT Report to Congress Discusses Data Privacy, Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Health data privacy and security are just one of several potential barriers when it comes to modernizing and integrating the health IT infrastructure, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The ONC...

Ponemon: Healthcare Cyber Attack Averages One Per Month

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Healthcare cybersecurity must improve, as organizations average about one healthcare cyber attack per month, according to a recent Ponemon survey. In The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016, Ponemon also found...

OIG Finds Medicaid Risk Management Process Lacking in S.C.

by Elizabeth Snell

The South Carolina (State) Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) did not have a strong risk management process, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Specifically, MMIS data was not safeguarded properly...

ONC Discusses HIPAA Regulation in Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has posted its third blog post in its series on HIE security under HIPAA regulation, this week covering how covered entities can exchange information for care coordination and care management...

Hollywood Presbyterian Pays $17,000 after Ransomware Attack

by Sara Heath

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) has paid $17,000 after a ransomware attack, which encrypted its EHR and demanded the sum of money in exchange for the encryption key. According to a public statement from the hospital, there is no...

Healthcare Data Breach in CA Caused by Impersonation Scam

by Sara Heath

Magnolia Health Corporation (MHC) has reported a potential data breach due to a likely scam that has affected all active MHC employees and its affiliated facilities. According to a public announcement made by MHC, a third-party individual impersonated...

Why Medical Device Security is a Key 2016 Healthcare Issue

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device security has quickly evolved into a top area of concern for covered entities. With more healthcare organizations connecting to HIEs, implementing BYOD strategies, and simply adopting more connected devices than before, it is critical...

How must mHealth App Developers Follow HIPAA Regulations?

by Sara Heath

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has added a list of health app use scenarios in which HIPAA regulations would apply, helping to educate mHealth app developers on how to create apps that abide by HIPAA and that protect user and patient privacy....

ONC Reviews HIE Security, Interoperability under HIPAA

by Sara Heath

In their second blog post in a series about HIE security, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) chief privacy officer Lucia Savage, JD, and privacy analyst Aja Brooks, JD, explained the circumstances under the HIPAA...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

Majority of 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches Due to IT Hacking

by Sara Heath

This past year saw over one million patient health files breached through nearly 258 large-scale healthcare data breaches. According to Redspin’s recent Breach Report 2015: Protected Health Information (PHI), 98 percent of those breaches...

What Does 2016 Hold for Healthcare Data Security, Storage?

by Bill Kleyman

Welcome to 2016! I’m sure all of you got some cool new gadgets or toys in your stockings. Maybe it was a new iPhone. Or, maybe you got a new Pebble Watch. Or - you just bought a new google-ready 70-inch LED TV. One thing pretty much...

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