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Healthcare Ransomware Attack Affects 6.5K at AL Practice

March 1, 2018 - A healthcare ransomware attack allowed an unknown hacker to gain access to EMR software containing patient medical records, Jemison Internal Medicine, PC (JIM) announced on its website. The Alabama-based practice said the virus encrypted its EMR software and that the attacker demanded a monetary payment. JIM did not pay the ransom and “removed the virus by reinstalling the operating...


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Ransomware Attack Raises Health Data Security Worry for 2.6K

by Elizabeth Snell

Columbus, Nebraska-based Eye Physicians, P.C. experienced a ransomware attack on October 7, 2017 that encrypted files on some of its servers. The organization was able to immediately restore servers through a backup, it explained in an online...

MA Reaches Settlement Following Medicaid Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

New Hampshire-based Multi-State Billing Services (MSB) must pay $100,000 and improve its security practices per a consent judgment from the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. The settlement stems from a Medicaid data breach where...

Reducing Insider Data Breach Risk with Strong IAM Policies

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing effective identity and access management (IAM) policies and controls is essential for healthcare organizations that are looking to reduce the potential of insider data breach risk, according to the OCR November 2017 Cybersecurity...

$2M Settlement Reached in Cottage Health Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Cottage Health System recently reached a $2 million settlement with the California Attorney General’s office after two separate health data breach incidents that took place in 2013 and 2015. In total, more than 50,000 patients had their...

Healthcare Endpoint Attacks Cost the Industry $1.3B Annually

by Elizabeth Snell

Preparing for potential healthcare endpoint attacks should be a top priority for covered entities, especially with a recent survey showing that organizations believe that an over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving entities exposed....

Utilizing People, Process, and Technology in Health Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

Healthcare organizations are spending a lot of money on their security strategies. And yet we still see large numbers of breaches, data loss, and health data security incidents. To combat this, healthcare continues to invest in security solutions....

Improve Healthcare Authentication with New NIST Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

NIST recently released updated digital identity guidelines for federal agencies looking to create a secure authentication process. While not designed for healthcare authentication specifically, the guidelines could help the industry ensure a...

Most Wired Org Focuses on Multi-Level Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings showed that more organizations are finding successful ways to balance innovation and healthcare data security. St. Luke’s University...

Implementing HIPAA Technical Safeguards for Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for digital health records is not going to slow down anytime soon, and as recent cases of ransomware attacks show, healthcare organizations must create comprehensive data security measures. HIPAA technical safeguards are just one key...

Improve Healthcare Data Security with Stronger Authentication

by Elizabeth Snell

The comment period recently closed on NIST special publications discussing digital identity guidelines, which could potentially impact healthcare organizations working to improve their healthcare data security measures. “Identity proofing...

79K Patients Affected by Emory Healthcare Data Breach

by Kate Monica

Nearly 80,000 patients were potentially impacted by a recent data breach at Georgia-based Emory Healthcare’s Orthopaedics & Spine Center and Brain Health Center (EHC) at Emory Clinic. On January 3, 2017, EHC became aware of an incident...

Rehabilitation Facility Reports Patient Data Files Unattended

by Kate Monica

Catalina Post-Acute and Rehabilitation recently became aware of an incident where paper files containing resident and employee information were left in an unattended area. The patient data files, along with certain employee information, were...

Michigan Cybersecurity Breach Could Impact 22K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Flint, Michigan-based Singn and Arora Oncology Hematology is notifying 22,000 patients that some of their information may have been accessed in a cybersecurity breach, according to an ABC12 report. An unauthorized user reportedly accessed...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

by Bill Kleyman

There was a recent Forbes article that analyzed the findings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which looked at the total number of breaches and impacted people in 2015. So, what did OCR find? In 2015, there were 253 healthcare breaches,...

Potentially Unencrypted Laptop Stolen from LA Hospital

by Kate Monica

On December 21, 2016, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group (CHLAMG) became aware of a potentially unencrypted laptop stolen on October 18, containing the personal health information...

Focusing on Audit Controls to Maintain PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Reviewing and securing audit trails, while also ensuring the proper tools to collect, monitor, and review those audit trails are in place are key audit control considerations for covered entities and business associates, according to the Office...

Protecting Your Healthcare Brand by Investing in Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

The modern trends around digitization and cloud have absolutely catapulted cybersecurity into the forefront of concerns for healthcare admins and IT decision makers. A recent Ponemon study, analyzing the cost of data breaches, found that the...

Utilizing Healthcare Authentication for Stronger Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Finding the right balance between security and convenience is often tricky for healthcare providers, especially as technology continues to quickly evolve. Implementing stronger access controls and healthcare authentication options can help ensure...

UMass Agrees to $650K OCR HIPAA Settlement after Allegations

by Elizabeth Snell

Following alleged HIPAA violations stemming from a malware infection that potentially exposed the ePHI of 1,670 individuals, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) agreed to an OCR HIPAA settlement. Along with adhering to a corrective...

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