Category Archives: Security

Pro Tips on Strengthening Cybersecurity

It’s getting to be an all too familiar story: Hackers break into a hospital’s computer systems, steal personal information. Earlier this month, Banner Health, reported that hackers accessed payment data for 3.7 million individuals through point-of-sale systems at food and beverage vendors … Continue reading

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Banner Health Suffers Massive Cyberattack

Banner Health is contacting 3.7 million individuals whose personal information may have been accessed in a cyberattack that started on systems that process credit card payments for food and beverage purchases at Banner locations. The breach then expanded to include … Continue reading

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HHS Penalizes Healthcare Organization for HIPAA Violation

Organizations that provide services to entities handling personal health information and health records—like doctors offices and hospitals—for some time now have been required to comply with the security and privacy requirements of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). … Continue reading

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HHS Issues New Ransomware Guidelines For Healthcare Sector

The year 2016 has been quite successful for Bitcoin ransomware developers so far. After crippling two major hospital systems in quick succession, it was a matter of time until new guidelines would be established. The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability … Continue reading

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Health Organizations More Likely to be Ransomware Victims than Financial Firms

Health care organizations were 114 times more likely to hit by ransomware infections than financial firms, and 21 times more likely than educational institutions, according to a new research report by Solutionary. The Omaha-based security firm detects millions of attacks … Continue reading

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Hospital Being Investigated Over Nursing Cuts

The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. The Courier-Journal reported June 9 that Dr. J. David Richardson, a prominent surgeon and current president of the … Continue reading

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Group Slapped with $6.8M HIPAA Fine

Federal HIPAA violation penalties may be capped at $1.5 million per incident per year, but there’s also state and regional fines for those disregarding privacy and security laws. Case in point, Triple-S Management Corp., a San Juan-based insurance holding company, … Continue reading

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Vendor Sacked for HIPAA Breach Blunder

Can a subcontractor expect to keep the job after accidentally posting protected health information of some 15,000 patients online? A Boston teaching hospital says, ‘definitely not.’ The 496-bed Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts has fired third-party vendor MDF Transcription after … Continue reading

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Vendor’s Unsecure Data Found on Web Cloud Platform

Medical claims company failed to encrypt data An insurance claims management company that reportedly failed to encrypt its data is in hot water after an IT professional uncovered detailed medical records of some 1.5 million people from its database online. … Continue reading

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Microsoft Study: EHR Databases Can Leak Personal Data

Healthcare Dive Brief: Despite using encryption methods, many types of databases for EMRs are vulnerable to leaking personal information such as gender, race, age and admission information, according to a recently release Microsoft study. The study used patient data from … Continue reading

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