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Out of all types of healthcare providers, hospitals accounted for one-third of all data breaches and affected the largest number of individuals compared to doctors, nurses and social workers, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.

A receiver for Filefax has agreed to pay $100,000 from its liquidated estate to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) after being found in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

At least 50 percent of physicians are scored in the “risk” category, meaning their actions put their organization at risk for a serious privacy or security incident, according to the 2017 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report.

Cisco, Apple, Aon and Allianz have teamed up to release a cyber risk management solution for businesses.

Ransomware attacks against consumers have risen 93 percent in 2017, while ransomware against businesses rose 90 percent, according the Malwarebytes Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: 2017 State of Malware Report.

 

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Hospitals account for one-third of healthcare data breaches, affect the most individuals

Out of all types of healthcare providers, hospitals accounted for one-third of all data breaches and affected the largest number of individuals compared to doctors, nurses and social workers, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.

Closed business still owes $100K for HIPAA violations

A receiver for Filefax has agreed to pay $100,000 from its liquidated estate to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) after being found in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

50% of physicians put organizations at risk of security incident

At least 50 percent of physicians are scored in the “risk” category, meaning their actions put their organization at risk for a serious privacy or security incident, according to the 2017 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report.

Apple, Cisco, Aon, Allianz introduce approaches to cyber risk management

Cisco, Apple, Aon and Allianz have teamed up to release a cyber risk management solution for businesses.

Florida orthopedics practice sues Allscripts after ransomware attack

The Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics in Boynton Beach, Florida, has filed a lawsuit against Allscripts after a ransomware attack left the practice without online access for a week.

Ransomware detections against businesses rose 90% in 2017

Ransomware attacks against consumers have risen 93 percent in 2017, while ransomware against businesses rose 90 percent, according the Malwarebytes Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: 2017 State of Malware Report.

mHealth apps do not provide adequate security when sending information

Mobile health (mHealth) applications are becoming an increasingly used avenue for patients and providers to send data, but many apps do not provide proper security when transmitting data, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

HHS Office for Civil Rights launches tools to combat the US opioid epidemic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have launched new tools and initiatives to assist in elevating he opioid epidemic while also implementing the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255).

83% of US physicians have experienced a cyberattack

According to a study released by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA), 83 percent of American physicians have experienced some form of a cybersecurity breach.

Privacy remains top barrier to patients sharing EMRs

Privacy concerns are the main barrier in getting patients to share electronic medical records (EMRs) with healthcare providers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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