The organization that manages IT for Singapore's public healthcare sector says it has terminated, demoted or financially penalized several employees for their roles in the handling of a 2017 cyberattack on SingHealth, the nation's largest healthcare group. What do U.S. security experts think of these measures?
The digital revolution has given healthcare organizations new tools to increase team efficiency and improve their customer experience. But it's also opened up new vectors that cybercriminals can use to attack. As your attack surface expands to web infrastructure that you don't own or control, it becomes increasingly...
Will the Department of Health and Human Services' request for feedback on potential changes to HIPAA eventually result in modifications to the regulation, including certain provisions that touch on privacy and security issues? There's a long road to travel before any changes actually might get made.
Yet another cyberattack against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor has been revealed. This one involved a ransomware attack that potentially exposed data on 16,000 patients of a California eye clinic. What can healthcare organizations do to minimize vendor risks?
Two health IT professional associations are urging Congress to "modernize" HIPAA to extend patients' rights to securely access, view, download and transmit their health information - including health data not currently covered under HIPAA. Regulatory experts size up whether the proposed changes are feasible.
In a groundbreaking effort, the attorneys general of a dozen states have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor that reported a 2015 data breach affecting 3.9 million individuals.
A lawsuit over a Florida dentist's inability to access patient data stored by a cloud-based electronic medical records vendor illustrates why all healthcare providers need to plan for possible disruptions caused by disputes with business associates.
Australia's Parliament has passed legislation that strengthens privacy protections for My Health Record, the country's embattled digital medical records program. But questions remain about whether the changes go far enough to restore confidence in electronic health records.
Patient identity management is the prescription for improving remote patient access, portal adoption and patient satisfaction. Forward-thinking enterprises have realized that integrated proven strategies for identity management are a significant factor in success for both patients and providers.
The healthcare industry is now the second most targeted vertical in the world, however despite increased regulatory oversight, cyber threat awareness and security investments, breaches continue to happen. Personal health information (PHI) and electronic health records (EHR) are particularly sensitive as they are...
An advisory council is again urging the Department of Health and Human Services to allow certain donations of cybersecurity technology and services to smaller healthcare providers. Greg Garcia of the council, who will keynote ISMG's upcoming Healthcare Security Summit in New York, explains why.
The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its HIPAA security risk assessment tool to better assist small and mid-sized healthcare entities and their vendors in performing a comprehensive risk analysis. But why is conducting a risk assessment so challenging for so many?
Although HIPAA gives patients the right to access their health records in their preferred format - on paper or electronically - a new study finds discrepancies in the information hospitals provide to patients regarding the release of their records, pointing to the need for better training.
Although the passage by Congress of the Support for Patients and Communities Act this week is an important step in the nation's battle against the opioid drug addiction crisis, it lacks a critical privacy provision, says Geisinger Health CIO John Kravitz, who analyzes the implications.