Almost 6 million Americans had their patient records stolen or exposed in healthcare breaches over the past year with ransomware being a frequent and highly effective form of attack. Recent successful variants such as SamSam and Ryuk have caused an estimated $7 million in damages alone.
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As the HIPAA security rule turns 20, it's time for regulators to make updates reflecting the changing cyberthreat landscape and technological evolution that's happened over the past two decades, says security expert Tom Walsh.
Nearly two dozen security weaknesses in OpenEMR - open source electronic medical record and practice management software - left patient data vulnerable to cyberattacks before most were patched, according to the London-based security research firm Project Insecurity.
More than a dozen technology and medical organizations are asking HHS why it's taking so long to issue regulations aimed at limiting the blocking of health information sharing. The regs were called for in a law passed in 2016.
As Amazon expands its activities in healthcare, include a high-profile venture into the pharmacy business, the online retail giant will face a wide variety of important privacy issues, attorneys Jeffrey Short and Todd Nova explain.
Healthcare organizations are attractive targets for today's hackers due to reams of personal information providers process and store. These electronic health records are like digital gold to adversaries who sell them on the black market.
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Medical testing laboratory firm LabCorp is still working to fully recover systems functionality nearly a week after a cyberattack that the company now claims involved "a new variant" of ransomware. What can other organizations do to avoid becoming the next victim?
The FDA has issued new guidance spelling out its policy for organizations using electronic health record data in FDA-regulated clinical investigations, such as studies of the long-term safety of various drugs. Among other criteria, the EHRs need to contain certain privacy and security controls, the agency says.
A ransomware attack that forced a Missouri medical center to divert ambulances carrying trauma and stroke patients to other facilities serves as a reminder of the impact cyberattacks can have on healthcare delivery. What are the lessons to learn?
As the Department of Health and Human Services explores how to spur innovation and investment in the healthcare sector, cybersecurity is among top issues that need to be addressed, some industry organizations stress.
A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania has indicted a former patient coordinator on several counts of wrongfully obtaining and disclosing the health information of others. The case is the latest rare example of prosecutors pursuing criminal charges for HIPAA violations.
A health system's decision to reportedly suspend about a dozen employees for apparently snooping at health records related to the tragic death of a co-worker spotlights the many challenges involved with preventing and detecting insider breaches.
Addressing an important privacy issue, federal regulators have issued guidance to clarify details about how patients should authorize the use or disclosure of their protected health information for future research - and their right to revoke that authorization.