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Data Security, Information Management

Email error causes data exposure at Lebanon VA Medical Center

January 21, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

An email error caused the information about 1,000 veterans to be released by the Lebanon VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania. In November, the organization experienced an unauthorized release of protected health information when information on 993 veterans was accidentally sent […]


Data Security, Information Management

HHS cybersecurity guidance ramps up pressure to protect data

January 7, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

New cybersecurity best practices from the Department of Health and Human Services are more than helpful suggestions for provider organizations—they set security practices that are likely to become the de facto standard industry wide. The new guidance, available here, should […]


Data Security, Information Management

Data breach at Atrium Health impacts more than 2.6M records

November 28, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

A major cyber event at Atrium Health, an expansive delivery system with more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations, could affect more than 2.6 million patient records. Included in that total are about 700,000 affected individuals whose Social Security […]


Data Security, Information Management

Researchers develop solution to ensure long-term safe storage of sensitive health data

November 8, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Researchers from the Collaborative Research Center CROSSING at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) have developed a solution that will ensure decades of safe storage for sensitive health data in a joint project with Japanese and Canadian partners. An initial prototype was […]


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OIG: FDA must address postmarket cybersecurity risk to medical devices

November 6, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Food and Drug Administration’s policies and procedures are not sufficient for effectively dealing with postmarket medical device cybersecurity events, an emerging risk to public health and the FDA’s mission. That’s the finding of an audit by the Department of […]


Data Security, Information Management

HHS opens health cybersecurity coordination center

October 31, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Health and Human Services this week officially opened a cybersecurity center designed to support and improve the cyber defense of the U.S. healthcare industry. The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center—located at HHS headquarters in Washington—is meant to […]


Data Security, Information Management

Brain implants at risk of future cyberattacks

October 31, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The research was published as a report by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab in alliance with the UK’s University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group. According to the report ‘The Memory Market: Preparing for a future where cyber-threats target your past’, […]


Data Security, Information Management

Data of 75,000 at risk after breach of federal insurance exchanges

October 22, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reporting unauthorized access to consumer data in systems that support federal insurance exchanges. The agency says the breach affects personal information of thousands of individuals who get their health insurance from Federally […]


Data Security, Information Management

Feds boost cooperation on medical device cybersecurity

October 17, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Food and Drug Administration and Department of Homeland Security will work more closely to address threats to medical device cybersecurity. The federal agencies have signed a memorandum of agreement to increase coordination and cooperation when it comes to potential […]


Data Security, Information Management

HIT execs affirm medical devices grow as security risks

October 5, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Malware’s and ransomware’s reach is extending to medical devices, according to a survey of top healthcare IT executives. A survey by KLAS Research in collaboration with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) found that 18 percent of provider […]


Data Security, Information Management

Meeting Healthcare’s Unique Cybersecurity Challenges

October 2, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

Cybersecurity is more critical than ever in healthcare. A survey of U.S. physicians by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA) found that 83 percent of physician practices have experienced some form of cyberattack, such as phishing and viruses. Seventy-four […]


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12 key strategies to reducing cyber vulnerabilities

September 20, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities and intrusions pose risks to every hospital, the American Hospital Association reminds members. The expanded use of networked technology and the electronic exchange of health information greatly increases exposure to potential cybersecurity threats. One of the most important […]


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OIG: Maryland did not adequately secure Medicaid system, data

August 15, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The state of Maryland has not adequately secured its Medicaid Management Information System in accordance with federal requirements and guidance, potentially putting sensitive data and its operations at risk. That’s the finding of an audit by the Department of Health […]


Data Security, Information Management

Cass Regional recovers after ransomware attack

July 12, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Mo., is continuing to recover from a ransomware attack that was discovered at 11 a.m. on July 9 and affected email and internet services, as well as its electronic health records system. Data in […]


Data Security, Information Management

How Blockchain Technology Could Help Prevent Medical Fraud

July 10, 2018

Via: HitConsultant

Most people know blockchain as the transaction ledger associated with cryptocurrency transactions. However, evidence suggests a specific use for it that applies to health professionals — reducing medical fraud. Blockchain’s Innate Characteristics May Cut Down on Fraud Individuals think blockchain […]