A "flaw" in the file format of the DICOM standard for communication of medical imaging information could be exploited to hide malware in MRI and CT scans alongside patient data, according to a new research report. But the developer of DICOM contends the feature isn't a flaw and any risks can be mitigated.
Boston Children's Hospital is pioneering the use of Amazon's Alexa voice assist technology in the healthcare sector. John Brownstein, the hospital's chief innovation officer, discusses the security measures involved.
To help prevent breaches involving telehealth, it's critical that only the minimum amount of patient data be shared when delivering remote healthcare services, says Scott Anderson, CTO at Conversa Health.
The healthcare sector has unique cybersecurity infrastructure threats as well as vulnerabilities. Dr. Abdul Rahman of Fidelis Cybersecurity describes it as a "terrain problem," and he recommends new strategies.
Columbia Surgical Specialists of Spokane has reported a breach impacting 400,000 individuals, the largest added to the federal health data breach tally so far in 2019. Meanwhile, a medical center in Chicago has also reported a major breach.
Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., has sent letters to four federal agencies and 12 healthcare associations posing long lists of questions as a prelude to developing short-term and long-term strategies for improving healthcare cybersecurity.
Among the hundreds of responses to a federal request for comments about potential changes to the HIPAA rules were suggestions for "safe harbors" that would shelter organizations with strong security strategies from HIPAA enforcement actions after a health data breach.
Proposed rules released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services aim to define and discourage inappropriate blocking of the secure sharing of health information, Elise Sweeney Anthony of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT explains in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.
Guided by a "human-centered" principle, there is nothing more critical to Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC), than protecting and promoting the lives of those with developmental disabilities. That is why TCRC proactively secures Personal Health Information (PHI) to protect the people behind that information. Critical...
Medical device cybersecurity risks should be viewed as an enterprise problem, say Tracey Hughes of Duke University Health Systems and Clyde Hewitt of security consultancy CynergisTek, who outline critical security steps.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights is paying particular attention to complaints involving patients' access to their health information; it's also focusing on investigations of organizations with patterns of HIPAA noncompliance, Nick Heesters of the agency explains in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.
Federal regulators have hit a California-based healthcare provider with a $3 million HIPAA settlement related to two breaches involving misconfigured IT. It's the latest in a recent series of hefty penalties issued in HIPAA cases.