Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Security

Allscripts Wants Ransomware Attack Class-Action Lawsuit Dismissed

by Fred Donovan

EHR vendor Allscripts wants a district court judge in Illinois to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics over the SamSam ransomware attack that encrypted patient data and took...

Health Plan Victims of Healthcare Data Breaches Surge 1,000%

by Fred Donovan

The total number of individuals impacted by healthcare data breaches at health plans surged by more than 1,000 percent in the first five months of 2018, according to Fortified Health Security’s 2018 Mid-Year Horizon Report. Health...

Insider Health Data Security Threats Bigger Concern than External

by Fred Donovan

Many healthcare professionals are more concerned about insider threats to health data security than external breaches, according to a survey by HIMSS on behalf of SailPoint. There is an acute level of concern about the threats posed...

Patient Privacy, Data Security Top Cost for Healthcare Consumers

by Fred Donovan

Consumers ranked patient privacy and data security above cost of care as the most important concerns they have about healthcare, according to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers by health insurance company Aetna. Around 80 percent of...

Healthcare Internet Crimes Cost Victims $925,849 Last Year

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare internet crimes cost victims $925,849 last year, according to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) 2017 Internet Crime Report.  The report includes stats on internet crime complaints received by the...

270,000 Put at Risk by Med Associates Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

A healthcare data breach at Med Associates, a Latham, NY-based health billing company, may have exposed PHI on more than 270,000 people, reported the Times Union newspaper. In an announcement on its website, Med Associates said that it...

Some Healthcare Firms Struggle To Comply with EU Data Privacy Rule

by Fred Donovan

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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