The newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, has the potential to reset critical national healthcare priorities and policies, including those related to security and privacy. But what action will he take regarding HIPAA enforcement and other issues?
After settling a breach lawsuit for $17.2 million, Aetna has signed another large settlement related to privacy breaches involving mailings to its health plan members. The latest settlement with the New York state attorney general's office involves two mailings last year.
Blockchain holds potential for supporting secure health data exchange, but it has limitations that organizations need to keep in mind, says Intel's David Houlding in this in-depth interview on the technology.
Data broker Equifax has released a revised count of U.K. victims of its massive 2017 data breach, now saying 860,000 residents had their personal details exposed. The data broker is offering its own fraud-monitoring services to breach victims, provided they share their personal details.
A mailing error can have huge consequences. Case in point: Aetna has agreed to a $17.2 million settlement of a class action lawsuit filed after a data breach involving HIV drug information that was visible through envelope windows on thousands of letters.
Jason's Deli is the latest business in the hospitality or retail sector to warn that attackers used malware to steal customers' card details. The restaurant chain says 2 million payment cards were stolen from 164 restaurants during the seven-month breach.
A new framework aims to improve patient safety and data integrity by helping healthcare entities to more consistently and accurately match patients with all their information, developers Kirk Botula and Melanie Mecca explain in this in-depth interview.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report takes a look at how ready healthcare organizations are for GDPR compliance. Also featured: comments from Alberto Yepez of Trident Capital on the 2018 outlook for information security companies and a summary of the latest financial fraud trends.
Federal regulator's recently issued draft for a "trusted exchange framework" aimed at propelling nationwide, secure, interoperable, query-based health data exchange is a complex proposal that requires careful analysis, says David Kibbe, M.D., CEO of DirectTrust.
A lawsuit alleging that federal regulations "unlawfully" restrict fees healthcare entities can charge for providing patients with copies of their health records shines a spotlight of confusion and obstacle around patients' "right to access" under HIPAA.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new chief privacy officer, Kathryn Marchesini, has a wealth of experience. But will the Department of Health and Human Services give her the resources she needs to get the job done?
Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has been hit with one of the largest fines ever imposed by Britain's data privacy watchdog after an attacker breached its outdated WordPress installation, exposing 3 million customers' and 1,000 employees' personal details.
While a draft "trusted exchange framework" unveiled last week by federal regulators includes proposed components that could raise the bar for the security of health data exchange, some experts caution that elements included in the final document should not be overly prescriptive.
One of the most alarming breaches of 2015, involving Hong Kong toymaker VTech, has resulted in a $650,000 settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. It's a warning that internet of things security shortcomings - especially involving children's personal data - will have business consequences.
Under what circumstances must a U.S. healthcare provider comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced beginning in May? In an in-depth interview, regulatory attorney Stephen Wu explains the conditions under which compliance is required.