Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Security

Healthcare’s Dependence on Fax Machines Poses Risk to Health Data

by Jessica Davis

While the healthcare sector has some of the most advanced technology available, it’s oft perplexing to discover that about 75 percent of all healthcare communications are still processed by the antiquated fax machine. Security...

Health Data Breach Compromised PHI on 566K CNO Customers

by Fred Donovan

CNO Financial Group reported to OCR on Oct. 25 that a breach compromised PHI on 566,217 individuals. CNO Financial Group’s largest unit, Bankers’ Life, issued a statement describing the breach. The group discovered...

NJ Fines Vendor Behind Virtua Healthcare Data Breach $200K

by Fred Donovan

New Jersey is slapping a $200,000 fine on a defunct Georgia-based medical transcription company that caused the Virtua Medical Group breach impacting more than 1,650 individuals in 2016. The $200,000 fine includes $191,492.00 in civil...

Ransomware Attack at Iowa Eye Clinic Puts PHI of 40K at Risk

by Fred Donovan

Iowa-based Jones Eye Clinic suffered a ransomware attack that may have compromised personal data on 40,000 patients, the Sioux City Journal reported Oct. 24. Information that might have been exposed included patient full name, address,...

HHS Opens Healthcare Cybersecurity Center To Aid Private Sector

by Fred Donovan

HHS has opened its Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3), which will be a healthcare cybersecurity threat analysis and incident response partner to the private sector. HC3 replaces the Healthcare Cybersecurity and...

HHS OIG Probes Healthcare.gov Portal Data Breach Affecting 75K

by Fred Donovan

HHS OIG is investigating the Healthcare.gov portal data breach that put personal information on 75,000 individuals at risk. So far, the office has determined that no PHI, banking, or tax information was exposed during the breach,...

Healthcare Takes Around 350 Days to Identify, Contain Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry had the second highest number of days to identify and contain a data breach, around 350 days, according to a recent study by The Ponemon Institute and IBM. The healthcare industry was second only to the...

Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Vendor IT Security Risks

by Fred Donovan

BOSTON – Healthcare organizations have a range of approaches for assessing and managing the IT security risks posed by third-party vendors, one of the biggest sources of frustration for security teams. St. Luke’s Health System...

SRA Tool 3.0 Expands Application to More Health Data Security Risks

by Fred Donovan

OCR and ONC have updated their security risk assessment (SRA) tool (3.0) to improve usability and expand its application to a broader range of health data security risks. The agencies developed the tool to help small to medium-sized...

Risk Posed By 3rd-Party Services Is Big Healthcare Security Worry

by Fred Donovan

BOSTON—Security risks posed by integration of third-party patient services will be an ongoing healthcare security concern for organizations, commented Johns Hopkins University and Medicine CISO Darren Lacey during a panel...

Security Leaders Will Need to Protect Patient Privacy at Home

by Fred Donovan

BOSTON – Healthcare security leaders need to think beyond protecting the organization to protecting patient privacy and data security at home in the coming years, observed Christiana Care Health System CISO Anahi Santiago. “At...

Michigan Medicine Reports 2nd Healthcare Data Breach This Year

by Fred Donovan

The University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine reported to OCR on Sept. 28 that there was an unauthorized access/disclosure of paper records that affected 3,624 individuals. In a press release, Michigan Medicine said that there was...

Healthcare Data Security Threatened by APTs Targeting MSPs

by Fred Donovan

Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are targeting managed service providers’ networks, endangering healthcare data security and data security in other US critical infrastructure sectors, warned the National Cybersecurity and...

Partnership Uses Blockchain Technology To Secure Fertility Data

by Fred Donovan

A partnership between Donor Concierge and ALTR will use blockchain technology to secure health data and patient privacy for FRTYL, a service that links fertility agencies and clinics with parents seeking infertility...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Is a Top 2019 Executive Challenge

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare cybersecurity will be one of the top 10 challenges, issues, and/or opportunities facing healthcare executives next year, according to a new poll by the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG). Healthcare cybersecurity covers such...

Healthcare Workers Uninformed About Cybersecurity Best Practices

by Fred Donovan

Forty percent of healthcare workers would allow a colleague to use their work computer, displaying a disturbing lack of knowledge about cybersecurity best practices. Surprisingly, healthcare workers performed better than government...

Consumers Have Most Confidence In Physician’s Health Data Security

by Fred Donovan

A full 87 percent of consumers surveyed by Rock Health said that they had confidence in the health data security of their physician, but that number dropped to 68 percent for pharmacies and 60 percent for health insurance...

Healthcare Data Presents Lucrative Target for Cyberattackers

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare sector will remain one of the most targeted industries by cyberattackers because of its valuable healthcare data, judged a report published Sept. 6 by Marsh & McLennan Companies' Global Risk Center. In fact, more...

PHI Data, My Friend, Is Blowin’ in the New Mexico Wind

by Fred Donovan

Medical records containing PHI data of patients from Turquoise Lodge Hospital were found blowing around the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico, TV station KRQE reported Sept. 1. The medical records were being transported to a secure...

HMC Says Ransomware Attack Turned Into Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Health Management Concepts (HMC) recently experienced a ransomware attack that quickly turned into a healthcare data breach. In an Aug. 22 letter, attorneys for HMC informed the New Hampshire Attorney General that it discovered on...

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