In an in-depth interview, John Halamka, M.D., the former long-time CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, discusses his upcoming move to head Mayo Clinic's global digital health initiative in collaboration with Google - and why privacy and security are so critical to those efforts.
The Australian government's digital health records program manages risk and privacy relatively well, according to a new audit, but there's room for improvement in third-party risk management and emergency access to sensitive health records.
A newly disclosed collaboration between Google and the massive Ascension healthcare system that the partners say is designed to improve patient care is raising serious privacy concerns. That's because the project involves Ascension sharing with Google data on millions of its patients - without their permission.
As 2020 approaches, healthcare experts forecast necessary information security priorities for the coming year. They will also look back at the mistakes made over the past decade.
Healthcare organizations continue to grow and change at an unprecedented velocity. With 2019 outpacing previous years for acquisitions,...
Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., is scrutinizing the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights' response to the recent discovery by German researchers of millions of patients' medical image files being exposed on the internet - including by a U.S. company.
The use of new standards can help strengthen cybersecurity risk management of medical devices at the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as other healthcare organizations, says Anura Fernando of UL, which recently completed a study with the VA examining gaps in medical device cybersecurity approaches.
Enforcing patients' rights under HIPAA to access their health information - including via health apps - is a top policy initiative at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Director Roger Severino said in a Wednesday presentation. He also said a $2.1 million HIPAA penalty would be announced soon.
Pitney Bowes says it was infected by file-encrypting malware that has affected online accounts and mailing products but that client data doesn't appear to be at risk. The postage meter maker says "all options" are being considered for recovery, meaning that it could pay a ransom.
Federal regulators are proposing a "safe harbor" that would permit hospitals to donate certain cybersecurity software and services to physicians. The move would modify the so-called Stark Law and federal anti-kickback regulations.
Nation-state attackers have been targeting known flaws that customers have yet to patch in their Pulse Secure, Palo Alto and Fortinet VPN servers, Britain's National Cyber Security Center warns, adding that any organization that didn't immediately apply patches should review logs for signs of hacking.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert warning healthcare organizations about 11 vulnerabilities dubbed "URGENT/11" involving IPnet, a third-party software component that may introduce risks for certain medical devices and hospital networks.