Two recent ransomware attacks on mental healthcare providers serve as reminders of the security incident response and risk mitigation pressure faced by entities handling especially sensitive patient information.
A ransomware attack last fall on a company that provides billing and other business services to health plans and hospitals resulted in a breach affecting more than 600,000 individuals, according to Michigan state officials. But what makes breach determination in ransomware attacks so difficult?
Facebook's effort to stem the flow of fake news globally has been ineffective, allege some fact checkers who have collaborated with the social media giant to identify and debunk false stories. Is the social media giant merely conducting a public relations exercise?
Why are we surprised about the amount and sensitivity of data that mobile apps collect? The online industry has never been forthright about it. That's why we're faced with a yawning gap between user expectations and true privacy. And it's why Facebook, Google, Apple and others have many questions to answer.
Healthcare CISOs and other security and privacy leaders must carefully assess HHS' proposed new rules designed to help prevent the blocking of health information sharing and consider how they might "operationalize" the provisions within their organizations, says attorney Jodi Daniel.
A misconfigured database at UW Medicine in Washington state that left patient data exposed on the internet for several weeks resulted in a breach affecting almost 1 million individuals. Why are breaches caused by such misconfigurations so common?
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.
As the use of artificial intelligence tools and robotics continues to grow, it's crucial for organizations to assess the potential security risks posed, says attorney Stephen Wu, who reviews key issues in an interview.
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.
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.
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.