In an usual move, federal regulators have made arrangements to have a cyber insurer cover a $2.3 million HIPAA penalty on behalf of a bankrupt cancer care clinic chain, 21st Century Oncology, which also signed false claims settlements totaling $26 million.
Crowdsourced cybersecurity, specifically bounty-based collaboration between organizations and white-hat hackers, is a burgeoning method of security reinforcement utilized by tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft, as well as other major companies in recent years.
Instead of awaiting a malicious breach,...
Two Indiana attorneys, frustrated by delays in obtaining patient records on behalf of clients, are seeking more than $1 billion in damages in a lawsuit alleging 60 hospitals in the state fraudulently received HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments.
Some legal experts say a nearly $1 billion class action lawsuit filed against electronic health records vendor eClinicalWorks could be the first of many cases scrutinizing the data integrity issues of EHR vendors. Others, however, contend that those filing such lawsuits will face many hurdles.
The new FHIR standard is designed to help ease the exchange of health data among healthcare organizations across the nation. But there's one problem: The standard lacks a strong security component. That's why federal regulators have launched a competition to devise ways to enhance security for FHIR.
A bipartisan group of five senators has asked a watchdog agency to produce "clear recommendations" for how to make sure the right patients are matched to the right records to help improve the quality of care and crack down on medical and identity fraud. But will that require a national patient identifier?
Hospitals and physicians need to ramp up their security scrutiny of electronic health records systems as a result of recent changes in the Department of Health and Human Services' certification of EHRs, says privacy attorney David Holtzman.
Recent changes by the HHS to the certification program for electronic health record software could potentially weaken efforts to ensure EHRs meet federal requirements, including those that impact security, says attorney Maya Uppaluru, who formerly was on the HHS staff.
Through an ongoing series of Healthcare Security Readiness workshops, key gaps in how healthcare organizations defend against cybercrime hacking have emerged. Has your organization assessed and mitigated gaps in security...or are even aware of what they are?
In the following ISMG interview transcript, David...
An ongoing series of Healthcare Security Readiness workshops reveals some key gaps in how healthcare organizations defend against cybercrime hacking. How should entities assess and mitigate these gaps? David Houlding of Intel shares insights.
There are many faces of fraud in the insurance market - using stolen identities to obtain a new policy - or just as troubling, an account takeover to make a false claim or change payee information to receive claim funds. And when fraud hits, it hurts everyone in the pool.
At the same time, the insurance industry...
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Texas hospitals have not yet reported issues involving access to electronic health records and other critical systems, says Lance Lunsford of the Texas Hospital Association.