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Researchers are developing platforms to securely and quickly send data to and from smartphones. A new mobile application developed to assist providers in meeting patient privacy regulation allows for the sharing and storing of patient-related photos, videos and audio.

The lack of cybersecurity in mobile applications meant to assist dementia patients and their caregivers could put patients' personal health information at risk, according to researchers at McLean Hospitals in Belmont, Massachusetts, and clinicians at Harvard Medical School. A study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry examined app security policies and provided recommendations.

Cyberattacks occur on many types of devices—including 3D printers. A new study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Georgia Institute of Technology, examines methods in protecting 3D printers for improved cybersecurity.

Facing an increasing amount of cyberattacks, healthcare organizations are building up their cybersecurity programs, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. After speaking with 126 health information technology leaders, researchers outlined current security measures to show points of improvement and explore how the industry can prevent future attacks.

The healthcare industry has fought an uphill battle against hackers in 2017—and it shows in the latest Beazley Breach Insights report. The report, conducted by the cyber and data breach response insurance firm, found the rate of ransomware attacks had increased by 50 percent in the first quarter of 2017, with demands up 133 percent.

 

Recent Headlines

2 in 3 would consider leaving provider after ransomware attack

After the WannaCry ransomware attack in mid-May, interest in cyber security across all industries has spiked. A survey conducted by Carbon Black included interviews with 5,000 people to evaluate the public’s perception of ransomware.

Top findings of what CIOs think about data security, clinical mobility

The main responsibility of chief information officers (CIOs) is to implement technology within their healthcare system to improve patient care while keeping data secure. A recent survey, conducted by CHIME and presented by Spok, analyzes exactly what hospital CIOs think about data security and clinical mobility.

Half of SharePoint users report at least one data breach

Healthcare remains relatively weak in securing information storage. A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Metalogix, regarding how organizations store confidential data and use file sharing environments such as SharePoint, outlined major developments in the improvement of cyber security. 

The worldwide response to last week's ransomware cyberattack

Friday afternoon brought about a massive international ransomware cyberattack. Beginning at National Health Service hospitals in the United Kingdom, the attack quickly spread to 74 countries in a matter of hours. Over the weekend, additional developments have solidified this attack as the largest the world has ever experienced.

UK NHS ransomware cyberattack spreads across the globe

A ransomware attack on the National Health Service in the United Kingdom has spread into other countries, with hospital staff in the U.K. unable to access patient data, ambulances being diverted and patients planning on visiting some departments being told to stay away. 

Texas health system to pay HHS $2.4 million for patient information breach

The Texas health system Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) has agreed to pay HHS $2.4 million and to implement a corrective action plan after a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

Patient data remains unsafe, even at the largest hospitals

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found 1,798 large data breaches of patient data have occurred in the past seven years. The study further showed the need for improved security measures in healthcare systems nationwide.

Top 10 patient safety concerns released by ECRI Institute

ECRI Institute has released its annual top patient safety concerns for 2017, which aims to identify potential threats to patient safety while addressing challenges and offering suggestions and resources to address them.

HIMSS 2017: Experts encourage efforts to improve cybersecurity, breach response

Cybersecurity was one of the many highlighted topics during HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, with a number of presentations focusing on industry efforts to secure patient information and still be able to share such information. Hussein Syed, chief security information officer at RWJBarnabas Health, and Ladi Adefala, MBA, senior security strategist at Fortinet, discussed how healthcare must adapt to protect patients.

HHS releases guide on reporting, monitoring cyber security

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a letter regarding cyber threats faced by healthcare organizations, including reporting and monitoring practices.

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