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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

Need answers? HHS covers 11 questions on HIPAA, cloud computing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a guide on HIPAA and cloud computing in an effort to improve the security of patient information.

Surgeon General investigating potential breach affecting healthcare workers

The personal information of 6,700 physicians and nurses overseen by the U.S. Surgeon General may have been compromised. 

Q&A: Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice, on battling hackers with patient data security systems

MacPractice, a developer of practice management and clinical software, has released a specialized system of encryption for Mac OS X to keep patient data secure. In an exclusive interview with Clinical Innovation & Technology, Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice, speaks about MacPractice and the constant hacking threat faced by the healthcare industry.

FDA annual clinical investigator course promotes safety, accuracy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) has announced the seventh annual Clinical Investigator Training Course, in partnership with the University of Maryland's Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, will be held Nov. 7-9 for healthcare professionals around the world.

HHS introduces final rule to increase access to clinical trials

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a final rule to make information about clinical trials more available to the public. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also announced a complementary policy for the registration and submission of results to ClinicalTrials.gov for all NIH-funded trials.

FBI urges ransomware victims to report all infections

The FBI has released a statement urging companies across all industries, healthcare included, to report ransomware attacks to federal law enforcement, helping them get a step up in evaluating just how dire the situation is.

CommonWell Health Alliance launches database for patients to access personal health data

More CommonWell Health Alliance patients will have access to their health data as the association extends its current service that will simplify the patient experience.

FDA will not regulate 'low-risk' healthcare technologies, apps

Users of Fitbits and Weight Watchers can breathe a sigh of relief after the FDA announced its guidance stating that it would not be regulating low-risk products like mobile health and fitness apps.

With hacks on the rise, cybersecurity vendors flood market, try to appeal to providers

As cyber attackers increasingly become a threat to healthcare providers' data assets and IT systems, new cybersecurity vendors are entering the market as hospitals and clinics are looking for better ways to protect their patients' information, as well as their own financial and trade secret information.

Central Ohio Urology Group becomes latest healthcare company to be hacked

The hackers have struck once again, this time attacking the Central Ohio Urology Group in Gahanna, according to The Verge.

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