Two Indiana attorneys, frustrated by delays in obtaining patient records on behalf of clients, are seeking more than $1 billion in damages in a lawsuit alleging 60 hospitals in the state fraudulently received HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments.
The California attorney general's office has smacked Cottage Health System with a $2 million settlement in the wake of breaches in 2013 and 2015. What lessons can be learned from this significant enforcement action?
Every new cybersecurity regulation includes at least some emphasis on improving vendor risk management. But what happens when vendors balk at the extra degree of scrutiny required? Moffitt Cancer Center's Dave Summitt describes his risk-based approach to business associates.
HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne Kolbasuk McGee reflects on the just-concluded Healthcare Security Summit in New York in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, PCI Security Standards Council CTO Troy Leach addresses ransomware risks.
Want to stop the latest cybercrime bogeyman? For the umpteenth time, put in place well-known and proven strategies for repelling online attacks, such as the Australian Signals Directorate's top 4 mitigation strategies for repelling targeted cyber intrusions.
Information Security Media Group's Healthcare Security Summit in New York on Nov. 14-15 will feature a top-notch lineup of more than 40 experts, including leading CISOs, who will explore such issues as battling ransomware, improving medical device security and beefing up breach prevention.
The United Kingdom might be greater than the sum of its parts. But when it came to the WannaCry outbreak, some parts of the United Kingdom did less great than others. Here's how the governments and health boards of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are responding.
If Eugene Kaspersky had attended Wednesday's House hearing on the risk his company's anti-virus software poses to the U.S. federal government, he would have faced an unfriendly reception. But Kaspersky wasn't invited, although the panel may "entertain" the possibility of inviting him to a future hearing, according to...
A lawn mower engine manufacturer's notification to federal regulators of a health data breach impacting thousands of its workers highlights the HIPAA compliance duties for businesses that are self-insured for healthcare.
A bipartisan group of five senators has asked a watchdog agency to produce "clear recommendations" for how to make sure the right patients are matched to the right records to help improve the quality of care and crack down on medical and identity fraud. But will that require a national patient identifier?
Freedom of Information requests sent to 430 U.K. local government councils by Barracuda Networks found that at least 27 percent of councils have suffered ransomware outbreaks. Thankfully, almost none have paid ransoms, and good backup practices appear widespread.
Recent changes by the HHS to the certification program for electronic health record software could potentially weaken efforts to ensure EHRs meet federal requirements, including those that impact security, says attorney Maya Uppaluru, who formerly was on the HHS staff.
The deadly hurricane season has prompted federal regulators to issue several specific HIPAA waivers in recent weeks. But are such waivers really necessary? And what actions can healthcare providers take during a crisis even without a waiver?