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FDA Implementing Risk-Based Medical Device Regulation

June 23, 2017 - The FDA will soon launch a new Digital Health Innovation Plan, which will include a focus on implementing a risk-based approach to medical device regulation, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. Gottlieb explained in a recent blog post that FDA must ensure it has the necessary policies in place “to promote and encourage safe and effective innovation,” while still...


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Key Ransomware Prevention Measures in Recent Executive Order

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An executive order signed by the president in May 2017 has important guidelines and priorities organizations can follow to improve their cybersecurity, including instilling stronger ransomware prevention, according to a blog post by UC Berkeley...

Patient Safety, PHI Security Key in HHS Cybersecurity Role

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The recent WannaCry ransomware attack shows how patient safety, along with PHI security, need to be key focus areas in the HHS cybersecurity role, according to the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In a hearing held earlier...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures Must Evolve for Success

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The cybersecurity skills gap is affecting numerous industries. However, healthcare cybersecurity measures truly cannot afford to fall behind, according to ISACA Board Director Rob Clyde. Citing data from the recent ISACA State of Cyber Security...

Overcoming the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

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Having a well-trained healthcare cybersecurity workforce is critical for covered entities, especially as organizations continue to implement new technologies. However, a recent (ISC)²  report found that there is an increasing cybersecurity...

HHS: Microsoft Vulnerabilities Impact Healthcare Cybersecurity

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The HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) recently warned the healthcare sector of potential healthcare cybersecurity issues stemming from reported Microsoft vulnerabilities. Both Microsoft and the Department...

Regular Data Backups Key in Ransomware Prevention, Response

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Regular system backups and verification is the most effective approach in ransomware prevention and response, according to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Backups need to be stored on separate systems that...

Healthcare Email Security Needs Drastic Improvement

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The majority of the largest US public hospitals are not utilizing enough protections on healthcare email security, according to a recent Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) survey. At least 22 of the top 48 for-profit hospitals in the nation have deployed...

Healthcare Data Encryption not ‘Required,’ but Very Necessary

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Healthcare cybersecurity is essential for covered entities of all sizes, especially as ransomware attacks and other types of malware become more common. Healthcare data encryption is often discussed in these situations as well, with many in the...

Healthcare IoT Security Market Set to Grow Next 5 Years

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As more healthcare organizations implement connected devices and are turning to cloud computing options, healthcare IoT security is quickly becoming a key issue. Healthcare IoT can revolutionize the industry, and improve patient care as new technologies...

OIG Stresses Information Security, Data Integrity for 2017

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Improving data integrity and information security measures were just two of the areas noted in the recent OIG Semiannual Report to Congress. “With the sheer amount of data and its complexity, however, the Department continues to face challenges...

Industry Applauds HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Report

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In the wake of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force releasing its report to Congress, the healthcare industry has largely had a positive reaction to the report’s recommendations on how to protect against evolving threats. The...

Healthcare Hacking Leading Cause for 2017 Incidents

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Cybersecurity issues continue to plague the healthcare industry, so it should come as no surprise that healthcare hacking and IT incidents account for the majority of large-scale incidents in 2017. OCR numbers show that four of the five largest...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force Finds 6 Imperative Areas

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Evolving healthcare cybersecurity threats are posing even greater risks to the industry, which is why the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force published a report to “address the growing challenge posed by cyberattacks.” These...

Security Patches Critical in Ransomware Prevention Measures

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Healthcare organizations can take protective actions in their approach to ransomware prevention, such as implementing regular software updates and security patches, according to the ECRI Institute. There are also critical differences in protecting...

Medical Device Security Rarely Tested in Healthcare Orgs

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With more healthcare providers implementing connected devices, medical device security should be a top priority in ensuring comprehensive cybersecurity. However, a recent survey indicates that healthcare organizations might not be doing enough...

Ensuring Healthcare IoT Security in an Evolving Industry

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Last week at the InteropITX Conference I discussed a very interesting topic – IoT and security. At the event, I referenced a startup healthcare IoT organization aiming to revolutionize the market with intelligent medical and recovery devices....

Utilizing Strong Cyber Hygiene for Ransomware Preparation

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The WannaCry ransomware attack was a wakeup call for healthcare organizations across the globe, especially with the UK’s National Health Service being severely impacted from the attack. This is further proof why strong cyber hygiene is...

Implementing Executive Level Healthcare Cybersecurity Training

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Employees at all levels should have a thorough healthcare cybersecurity training experience, especially as the potential threat factors continue to evolve. It takes just one inadvertent click from a malicious email for a health system to be compromised...

OIG Notes Va. Medicaid Information Security Vulnerabilities

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An Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit found the Virginia Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to have information security vulnerabilities. “Virginia did not adequately secure its Medicaid data and information systems, which...

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