Healthcare C-suite executives shouldn't have to worry about cybersecurity, contends John Houston, CISO at Pittsburgh-based integrated health delivery network UPMC. But for the second year in a row, cybersecurity was named the top priority for senior executives in a survey of 40 U.S. health systems.
In the latest in a series of HIPAA enforcement actions taken by states this year, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office has signed a $75,000 consent judgment with McLean Hospital, a psychiatric facility, in connection with a breach that affected 1,500 individuals.
Facebook violated consumer protection law by failing to protect personal data that consumers thought they'd locked down, the District of Columbia alleges in a new lawsuit. Plus, Facebook is disputing a New York Times report that it ignored privacy settings and shared data with large companies without consent.
The number of data breach reports filed since the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect has hit nearly 3,500 in Ireland, over 4,600 in Germany, 6,000 in France and 8,000 in the U.K. Regulators say more Europeans are also filing more complaints about organizations' data protection and privacy practices.
A large health insurer in Western Australia shared the home addresses of some psychologists to a web-based appointment booking service, according to a news report. The health insurer belated realized after a complaint from one practitioner that some psychologists work from home.
Democratic senators have introduced yet another version of data security legislation that would create a federal breach notification requirement. Meanwhile, the Center for Democracy & Technology has drafted a model for a broad national privacy bill.
For the second time this year, health insurer EmblemHealth has been hit with a state financial penalty in connection with a 2016 breach that exposed Social Security numbers on mailings to more than 81,000 plan members.
Will the Department of Health and Human Services' request for feedback on potential changes to HIPAA eventually result in modifications to the regulation, including certain provisions that touch on privacy and security issues? There's a long road to travel before any changes actually might get made.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog says that six months after enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation began, it's seen a dramatic increase in data breach reports - as well as privacy complaints from the public.
Two health IT professional associations are urging Congress to "modernize" HIPAA to extend patients' rights to securely access, view, download and transmit their health information - including health data not currently covered under HIPAA. Regulatory experts size up whether the proposed changes are feasible.
A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lays bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data.
Federal regulators have slapped a company that provides contracted physicians to hospitals and nursing homes with a $500,000 HIPAA settlement in a breach case involving the lack of a business associate agreement with an individual providing billing services.
A failure to patch systems and slipups that lead to insider threats are two major causes of breaches in the healthcare sector that need to be urgently addressed, says Anahi Santiago of Christiana Care Health System.