While a final rule for enforcement of the 21st Century Cures Act information blocking regulations is slated to be issued this month, some regulators are still uncertain that timeline will stick, or when other related unresolved details will be disclosed.
Effectively managing the cybersecurity of thousands of medical devices takes a highly collaborative approach and "delicate balance" between IT security leaders, biomedical staff and others, say Baptist Health Care's CISO, Thad Philips, and the senior manager of the biomedical program, Tony Williams.
A proposed class action lawsuit against Flo Health alleges the fertility-tracking mobile app maker unlawfully shared sensitive consumer health data with Google, Facebook and other software vendors. The lawsuit comes after a recent settlement with the FTC over similar data-sharing privacy concerns.
The impact of Hurricane Ida, including huge power outages, points to the importance of healthcare organizations and others having comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery plans in place for natural disasters as well as cyber incidents.
The Department of Defense did not effectively control access to the health information of high-profile personnel, says a new watchdog agency report, which hints that the findings also may indicate ineffective access control over other DoD employees' health records.
Mark Ballister, CISO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Jon Moore, chief risk officer of consulting firm Clearwater, discuss how the medical center's security risk management program has evolved since carrying out a HIPAA corrective action plan after two data breaches.
A phishing campaign targeting a company that administers student health plans demonstrates the regulatory issues that arise when the personal information of students is compromised. That's because it's unclear whether HIPAA or the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may apply.
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comments on how it can improve its security risk assessment tool, which is designed to help smaller organizations conduct assessments as required under HIPAA. Some critics have said the tool is too difficult to use.
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Two states have recently taken steps to bolster cybersecurity and data privacy protections. Connecticut has enacted a law designed to give certain legal protections to businesses that adhere to cybersecurity frameworks. And a new data privacy law in Colorado allows individuals to opt out of data collection.
With a goal of better matching the right patients to all the right medical records, federal regulators have issued new draft technical specifications for standardizing how patients' physical addresses are formatted and represented in health IT systems. But could the effort present new security and privacy risks?
You see the news: how many healthcare entities are struck by ransomware. But how many of them conducted business impact analyses before they were victims? Too few, says Cathie Brown of Clearwater. She discusses the value of doing a BIA before the crisis strikes.
The recent decision by a Massachusetts-based hospital to pay a ransom in exchange for promises by the attackers to destroy stolen data spotlights the difficult choices many healthcare entities face in the wake of cyberattacks.