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12 key steps in responding to a data breach

May 8, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Every healthcare organization should have an incident response plan (IRP) in place before it experiences a breach of protected health information. The IRP is the roadmap for what to do in the event of a data breach—it contains the specific […]


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Curiosity Killed the Healthcare Organization

May 2, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

Study Shows that Healthcare’s Internal Security Breaches Exceed External Ones Was that Lady Gaga in the emergency room? What kind of procedure is my ex having? If you’re a healthcare organization, curiosity is one reason why your employees are a […]


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Data Breach at Middletown Medical Impacts up to 63K Patients

April 13, 2018

Via: Healthcare Informatics

The Orange County, New York-based Middletown Medical has acknowledged a data breach in which a security setting on one of the group’s radiology interfaces enabled unauthorized users to access electronic patient information. The misconfigured security settings specifically may have permitted […]


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5 steps healthcare organizations should take in response to data security breach

November 7, 2017

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

Healthcare security breaches have been on the rise in recent years. In 2016 alone, more than 27 million patient records were compromised as part of 450 data security breach incidents. And 2017 isn’t looking much better, with several large breaches […]


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The Road Ahead: Year-end Trends in Healthcare Cybersecurity

October 30, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

Healthcare data breaches account for over 22% of the data breaches so far in 2017. To put a number on it, that’s nearly 2 million health data records. If you’re looking for an idea of what’s to come the remainder […]


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3 Meaningful Steps for Data Breach Prevention and Preparation

September 27, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

Reported data breaches show that HIPAA violation settlements are on the upswing, both in terms of the number of individuals affected and financial cost. We’re not done with 2017, yet OCR’s updated breach portal shows that nearly 4 million individuals […]


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Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence is Key to Fighting Ransomware in Healthcare

September 11, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

Every once in a while the world wakes up to the news of yet another data breach of incredible proportion, providing a crude reminder that healthcare IT systems are not as secure as they should be. Some black hat hackers […]


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Data Breaches Happen to Both Small and Large Businesses

August 8, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

It is no secret that despite increased awareness of data breaches around the globe, businesses continue to fall victim to cybercriminals exploiting their weak security measures. An article on Small Business Computing explores data breaches and how the size of the business […]


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Best Practices for Incident Response Plans

May 10, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

Data breaches cost companies an average of $221 per compromised record. Heavily-regulated industries, like healthcare, tend to have per capita data breach costs substantially higher than the overall mean. In fact, according to an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) survey […]


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Significance of Medical Data Breaches – Steps Healthcare Institutions Must Take

April 18, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

According to the Brookings Institution, from late 2009 up to present times, the cost of breaches in the healthcare industry has reached $363 per record. Further, over 155 million Americans have had their medical information compromised by way of 1,500 […]


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Why Using Encryption is Not Optional for Healthcare Organizations

March 17, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

For HIPAA covered entities and their business associates, keeping health data protected should be a top priority. Failing to do so can have disastrous consequences, not only by way of the civil and criminal penalties dealt out for breaching HIPAA’s […]


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5 Necessary Steps to Protect Your Patient Data

March 10, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

Headlines about hospital data breaches that expose thousands of medical records appear with alarming frequency. Yet even one breach can be devastating. A single breach at a Pennsylvania practice in the first half of 2016 exposed 87,000 patient records, and […]


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Is Your Healthcare Data Safe? Three Questions to Ask

March 3, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

In the all-out war for data, the healthcare industry is getting hit the hardest. Experian’s fourth annual 2017 Data Breach Industry Forecast states that healthcare organizations will be the most targeted sector for attack, with new and sophisticated attacks emerging. […]


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Healthcare Security Depends On More Than File Encryption

July 7, 2016

Via: Health IT Outcomes

As healthcare organizations continue to dive deeper into digital, security has been an obvious (and ongoing) concern, especially in light of recent breaches and cyberattacks. But as they try to ensure the privacy of their protected data, it is important […]


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Data Breach of Mass General Vendor Exposes Info of 4,300 Dental Patients

July 1, 2016

Via: Healthcare Informatics

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has acknowledged a data breach in which an unauthorized individual gained access to a third-party vendor’s electronic files containing patient information. Read More on Healthcare Informatics


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Hack of podiatry office puts 40,000 patient records and PHI at risk

June 7, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

A Connecticut podiatry office has notified 40,491 patients that cybercriminals may have compromised their protected health information by accessing its EHR database. Stamford Podiatry Group P.C. said in a letter to its patients that an unauthorized third party gained access to […]


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Ransomware attackers collect ransom from Kansas hospital, don’t unlock all the data, then demand more money

May 24, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

Kansas Heart Hospital was the victim of a ransomware attack and after it paid the the first one, attackers boldly demanded a second ransom to decrypt data. Kansas Heart Hospital president Greg Duick, MD told local media that patient information […]


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Ransomware and tax fraud rise as healthcare hit with more data breaches than any other industry

April 14, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

The healthcare industry accounted for the highest number of data breaches among service industries in 2015, according to a new 2016 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec, that also found ransomware on the rise and increasingly sophisticated attack tactics being […]


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Healthcare data breaches spiked in 2015, surpassed previous years, BakerHostetler says

April 1, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

The rate of security incident disclosures in 2015 surpassed those of 2014 and 2015, according to the inaugural 2015 BakerHostetler Security Incident Response report. What’s more, healthcare tops the list for frequency of data breaches. “It’s not if, but when […]


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IBM Says that 2015 is the “Year of the Healthcare Breach”

December 30, 2015

Via: HITECH Answers

At the end of the year all kinds of publications and organizations publish yearly summaries to review the events of the past 12 months. Much of the time this can be positive publicity for a celebrity, firm, organization or industry. […]