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According to the Innovation Through Inclusion: The Multicultural Cybersecurity Workforce report by (ISC)², 32 percent of minorities in the cybersecurity field have experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has raised plenty of eyebrows across healthcare, including in radiology, public health and digital health. But a new 100-page report from some of the leading organizations in the development of AI points potential problems with the technology, which could include cyberattacks, drone misuse and large-scale surveillance.

The Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the development of the Cyber-Digital Task Force, which aims to develop strategies to fight cyberthreats and the misuse of technology.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced John Riggi, who spent 30 years working for the FBI, as senior adviser for cybersecurity and risk.

Siemens and eight partners to sign a joint charter to improve cybersecurity, identifying 10 action areas where governments and business could engage in the growth of security.


Recent Headlines

AHIMA launches petition for national patient identifier

As reported last week, the American Health Information Management Association has launched the petition asking the White House to address the need for a national voluntary patient safety identifier by removing legislative language that has prevented open discussion.

Research institute faces $3.9M HIPAA fine

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, affiliated with Northwell Health, will pay a $3.9 million fine for HIPAA violations.

Minn. provider settles HIPAA violations for $1.55M

A Minnesota provider will pay $1.55 million to settle HIPAA violation charges relating to the lack of a business associate agreement.

21 named to federal cybersecurity task force

The Department of Health and Human Services has named 21 people as members of its Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, a collaboration of leaders in the public and private sectors that will address cybersecurity issues in healthcare.

A rare happy ending in stolen laptop incident

Premier Healthcare reported a laptop containing protected health information had been stolen in January, potentially affecting 206,000 patients of the Bloomington, Ind., practice. In a rare positive turn of events, the laptop has been recovered.

Calif. provider settles class action suit for $7.5M in wake of data breach

St. Joseph Health has finalized a class-action lawsuit settlement for a 2012 data breach that affected 31,000 patients.

AHIMA's advocacy campaign focuses on patient identity

AHIMA’s 2016 advocacy initiative, MyHealthID, aims to educate consumers about the need for a voluntary patient safety identifier as a solution to patient matching.

Stolen laptop impacts 200,000 patients in Indiana

An Indiana provider is notifying patients of a stolen laptop that contained patient information.

Study: Despite growing concern for cybersecurity, few CISOs report to CEO

Even as cybersecurity dominates headlines both within healthcare and in other industries, most chief information security officers (CISOs) don't yet have a seat at the executive table, according to a study by ISACA and RSA Conference.

Cyberattack impacts 2.2 million oncology patients

Another healthcare cyberattack has come to light, this time affecting 2.2 million oncology patients.