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Health IT Security

 •  November 15

November 14, 2017 - While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond, according to a recent survey. Twenty-three percent of UK healthcare IT professionals said...

Health IT Security

 •  November 9

There must be a balance between utilizing innovative technologies and monitoring patient safety when it comes to medical device security measures; Healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on connected devices, which is why medical device security must remain a top priority. Cybersecurity threats are a constant worry but the FDA aims to help healthcare organizations remain...

Health IT Security

 •  November 8

Vanderbilt University researchers Daniel Fabbri, PhD, Mark E. Frisse, MD, and Bradley Malin, PhD, wrote a letter to the editor in response to a study published earlier in 2017. That previous study used reported breach data from HHS and claimed that having greater access to healthcare data (common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities)...

Health IT Security

 •  October 19

Employees received a “bogus” survey via email, which once completed, gave email access to an unknown third-party. From there, the attacker logged into the email accounts and re-routed employee paychecks to an unknown bank account. Chase Brexton discovered the issue on August 4, 2017, and account access to the compromised accounts was terminated....

Health IT Security

 •  October 13

Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin reintroduced the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act in September 2017, in the wake of the large-scale Equifax data breach. In that situation, consumers were not immediately notified whether they were potentially affected, Langevin said in a statement. There must be clear communication on such...

Health IT Security

 •  October 10

servers to improve health IT security and ensure that secure FHIR options are available in the future. The Secure API Server Showdown Challenge will ideally “identify unknown security vulnerabilities in the way open source FHIR servers are implemented,” ONC Office of Standards and Technology Director Steven Posnack, MS, MHS, wrote in a blog...

Health IT Security

 •  October 2

Remember, the cost of data breaches are increasing. Breaking a downward trend over the past two years, a Ponemon study found that both the organizational cost of data breach and the cost per lost or stolen record have increased. On average, the cost of a data breach for an organization represented in the study increased from $5.4 million to $5.9...

Health IT Security

 •  September 29

September 26, 2017 - A recent study examined the prevalence of password sharing among healthcare providers and found nearly three-quarters of surveyed medical professionals have used another staff member’s password to obtain EHR access at work. The study by Hassidim et al. was published in Healthcare Informatics Research and assessed survey...

Health IT Security

 •  September 19

Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of which are classified as either hacking or an IT incident – have also potentially impacted 1,497,800...

Health IT Security

 •  August 30

The Privacy Rule specifies that patient information can be shared in disaster relief efforts and to help ensure patients receive necessary care, according to the bulletin. However, the Privacy Rule “is not suspended during a public health or other emergency,” HHS added. Instead, “the Secretary of HHS may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule...