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Why We Need to Go Beyond HIPAA

HIPAA – Then & Now The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, has been around since 1996, with the intent to protect patients by properly handling their protected health information (PHI). With good intentions, HIPAA set forth to provide both security provisions and data privacy. The legislation was passed in the …

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Allscripts to Pay $145 Million for Practice Fusion EHR Investigation

As many of you know, an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital record of a patient’s paper charts, updated in real-time.  This is an incredible option to have in the world of medicine, where information can be exchanged between doctors as well as business associates. It also provides an incredible benefit to the patient, …

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Halfway Health Check

We’re just passed the midway point of the year and if this were our own health report, we’d be failing miserably when it comes to data breach prevention. According to a recent report from Protenus and Databreaches.net, over 31 million healthcare records were breached in the first six months of 2019.  That is double the …

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Scrolling Through the Breaches

Every day in my newsfeed I’m alerted to yet another compromise to patient information.  The headline isn’t always the attention-grabbing ones that we see when major credit companies or big-box retailers are exposed. These are just listed, one after the other, identifying locations of healthcare businesses, whether it be hospitals or private practice, that have …

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Make Time for Cybersecurity

This isn’t something you can pencil in and get to when you have time, cyber maintenance has to be something you commit to. We all have those moments when we realize that we had the best intentions to stick with something, but its priority fell by the wayside. We start off strong, then taper off …

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25,000 Patients’ Data Exposed in Email Hack

Approximately 25,000 patients are being notified by Adirondack Health that their protected health information (PHI) may have been obtained by a hacker. Vermont-based Adirondack Health is part of the Adirondacks Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Adirondacks ACO analyses health data for the entire region and is made up of all the Adirondack region’s hospitals. The Breach …

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An Analysis of Cybersecurity Practices in the Healthcare Industry

A recent report by KLAS and CHIME looked at the cybersecurity practices of healthcare providers, based on recent guidance issued on cybersecurity practices in the healthcare industry. The results? Although some best practices seem to be on the radars of organizations of all sizes, overall findings suggest that small practices have some work to do. …

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Hackers Using Social Profiles

Facebook Status: Away on Vacation Social media is great for a lot of things.  Sharing photos, reconnecting with old friends, finding like-minded people and groups to share ideas and hobbies.  But when does sharing become oversharing? Hackers gain access to your personal data via your profile and the information you share there – and you …

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Lawsuit Filed Against the University of Chicago Medical Center and Google over Data Sharing

A potential class action lawsuit has been filed against the University of Chicago Medical Center (UChicago Medicine) by a former patient, claiming his and thousands of other patients’ medical records were shared with Google without authorization and without removing identifying information. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District …

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NEO Urology Suffers Ransomware Attack, Pays $75,000 Ransom

Cybercriminals continue to flex their muscles on the healthcare industry with ransomware hitting an Ohio medical practice earlier this month. NEO Urology in Boardman, Ohio, suffered a complex ransomware attack, with hackers encrypting the organization’s entire computer system. According to a report from local news agency WFMJ, The attack on NEO Urology occurred on June …

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