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Blockchain, HIPAA Regulation Lead Top 10 Stories of 2018

December 17, 2018 - Throughout the year, healthcare privacy, security and cybersecurity have a remained a crucial part of boardroom discussions, determining how best to proceed in an ever-evolving threat landscape. Those conversations will continue to dominate in 2019, with leading security professionals predicting that health organizations will continue to invest in AI, IoT and medical device security,...


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DHS Finds Encryption Vulnerabilities in Medtronic Programmers

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team discovered encryption vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s 9790 and 2090 CareLink Programmers and 29901 Encore Programmers that could...

Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patients in Georgia

by Jessica Davis

A ransomware attack on specialist Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia potentially breached the data of about 16,000 patients. Officials discovered a ransomware attack infected a company server on September 30, a Sunday. The...

AI, IoT, Medical Devices Top Health Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

by Jessica Davis

Cybersecurity continued to be a struggle for many in the healthcare sector this year, with several massive breaches, successful targeted phishing campaigns, and security events caused by human error. While providers struggled with the...

Email Error, Lack of Encryption Breaches Nebraska Patient Data

by Jessica Davis

Fremont, Nebraska-based Prairie Fields Family Medicine is notifying 6,450 patients that their patient data was potentially breached due to an emailing error. An employee inadvertently sent an unencrypted spreadsheet to the wrong email...

Fax Machine Purchases Banned by UK National Health Service

by Jessica Davis

Starting in January 2019, the U.K. National Health Service will be banned from buying fax machines for its hospitals and provider offices. Officials have also enacted a plan to phase out the legacy technology by April 1, 2020. All...

NIH Reboots Genomic Data Access After Patient Privacy Fears Eased

by Fred Donovan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resumed public access to its genomic summary results after restricting access for ten years over patient privacy concerns. Genomic summary results “convey information relevant to...

New Opioid Law Includes Expanded Patient Data Sharing Provision

by Fred Donovan

President Donald Trump signed into law this week a sweeping opioid measure that includes expanded patient data sharing regarding opioid and other substance addiction treatment information. The law, however, does not include a provision...

OCR Drafts NPRM on ‘Good Faith’ Patient Data Disclosure Rules

by Fred Donovan

OCR is drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on “good faith” disclosures of patient data by healthcare providers in patient emergencies, such as an opioid overdose. This disclosure could be done without the...

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...

Woman Charges WV Firm With Violating Her Patient Privacy Rights

by Fred Donovan

Elizabeth Fry, a resident of Logan County, West Virginia, has filed a state lawsuit in Kanasha Circuit Court charging that Charleston-based Molina Information Systems violated her patient privacy rights by providing third party access to...

Despite Patient Privacy Risks, More People Use Wearables for Health

by Fred Donovan

Despite the patient privacy risks that collecting health data on insecure wearable devices could pose, the number of US consumers tracking their health data with wearables has more than doubled since 2013, according to the Deloitte 2018...

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...

Boston Hospitals Cough Up $1M for ‘Boston Trauma’ HIPAA Violations

by Fred Donovan

OCR announced Sept. 20 that it has fined three Boston-area hospitals close to $1 million for HIPAA violations involving the filming of ABC’s TV series “Save My Life: Boston Trauma.”* OCR reached HIPAA settlements with...

CMS Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Patient Privacy Rights

by Fred Donovan

Minnesota-based Fairview Southdale Hospital violated patient privacy rights by taping patients without their knowledge or consent during psychiatric evaluations in the emergency room, a CMS investigation concluded. The CMS...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework To Get Privacy Framework Companion

by Fred Donovan

NIST is launching a collaborative privacy framework initiative as a complement to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the agency announced Sept. 4. The privacy framework would provide voluntary guidelines for protecting privacy in an era of...

Americans Fret About Loss of Control Over Personal Information

by Fred Donovan

Americans are concerned about loss of control over their personal information, according to a survey conducted by the US Census Bureau. Virtually the same number of households identified loss of control over personal data as a major...

3.15M Records Exposed by 142 Healthcare Data Breaches in Q2 2018

by Fred Donovan

In the second quarter of 2018, 3.15 million patient records were compromised in 142 healthcare data breaches, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer. A discouraging 30 percent of privacy violations involved repeat offenders,...

FTC Wants Expanded Authority in Data Security, Privacy

by Fred Donovan

While HHS is the primary federal agency that enforces HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules, the FTC has expanded its enforcement activities in data security and privacy, including taking on now-defunct medical testing firm LabMD over poor data...

Patient Safety Concerns Driving Medical Device Security Investment

by Fred Donovan

Medical device security and patient data privacy are two of the areas in which the healthcare industry is investing to curb the costs of adverse patient safety events, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan. Other areas of...

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