A Philadelphia-based mental health services provider has begun to notify tens of thousands of individuals that their health and personal information was potentially viewed or stolen by hackers in a data security incident discovered more than six months ago.
Hacking incidents - especially those involving ransomware attacks and vendors - continue to rack up some of the largest victim counts in major health data breaches being reported to federal regulators in 2021. Will the trend continue?
The Department of Health and Human Services has named Lisa J. Pino - a former Department of Homeland Security official charged with mitigating the massive 2015 cyberattack on Office of Personnel Management - as the new director of its HIPAA enforcement agency.
Two proposed class action lawsuits filed this week in a California federal court allege negligence and a variety of other claims against UC San Diego Health in the wake of a phishing incident that affected nearly 496,000 individuals.
Two eye care entities are among the latest healthcare provider organizations recently reporting hacking breaches each affecting tens of thousands of individuals. One of the incidents involved a foiled wire transfer fraud attempt.
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.
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.
The former CEO and co-owner of two hospice agencies has pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar fraud conspiracy case that involved gaining unlawful access to patients' electronic medical records to identify and recruit Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for hospice care - whether or not they were terminally ill.
Hacking incidents - including ransomware attacks, phishing scams and episodes involving vendors - are still the dominant culprits in major health data breaches being reported to federal regulators so far this year. Why?
The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted an array of evolving patient privacy issues that legislators and regulators will need to address in the year ahead, say government policy experts Mari Savickis and Cassie Leonard of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
In an exclusive interview, Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, spells out critical steps healthcare organizations must take to safeguard patient information and ensure patient safety in light of the surge in ransomware and other hacking incidents.
Federal prosecutors say an electronic health records vendor has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a whistleblower case about the software maker allegedly falsifying testing results in 2015 to obtain certification for participation in the HITECH Act meaningful use incentive program.
The need for enhanced business agility and secure remote access to support digital transformation has led to the adoption of the security access service edge, or SASE, model, says Rajpreet Kaur, senior principal analyst at Gartner.
As more hospitals seek new methods for collecting payments from patients, they face the challenge of securing those transactions, says Dan Berger of AxiaMed, who describes HIPAA and PCI compliance issues in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.