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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

Henry Ford, VisionIT offer mobile communication to clinicians

Henry Ford Health System and VisionIT have partnered to offer CareTrail, a mobile application, to improve communication between clinicians. The platform provides clinicians with a tool that offers on-call scheduling, availability updates and additional workflow optimizations.

HIMSS 2017: Boehner & Rendell lead list of big-name keynote speakers

It’s time once again for HIMSS to host hospital management engineers, administrators and other industry professionals at its 2017 annual meeting.  HIMSS17—which runs Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando—is scheduled to include a variety of networking events and educational sessions, headlined by four highly acclaimed keynote speakers.

HIMSS 2017: How one hospital prepared for, and survived, a ‘hacktivist’ cyberattack

Sometimes, hackers aren’t motivated by money when they go after patient records. Luckily for hospitals and health systems, even so-called “hacktivists” can be stopped with the same defenses that fend off other cyberattacks.

2016: The year of the data breach

The healthcare system faced an inceasingly common occurance in 2016, with a report by Protenus Breach Barometer claiming there was, on average, one data breach a day.

OCR clarifies HIPAA disclosure after Orlando nightclub shooting

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has clarified that HIPAA’s rules on disclosing protected health information (PHI) are not limited by the sex or gender identity of the patient or their loved ones.

Presence Health first to be fined for delayed breach notification

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA enforcement action based solely on a healthcare facility not reporting a data breach in a timely manner. 

Foreign government suspected in Anthem cyber security breach

The California Department of Insurance has released its findings and settlement agreement in regards to the security breach of the insurance company Anthem. More than 78 million patient records, 12 million belonging to minors, were breached on January 27, 2015.

Wearables and the risk to users' data privacy

Most people don’t realize the risks to privacy and security posed by wearable devices. A report by researchers at American University and the Center for Digital Democracy includes recommendations and explanations for the primary concerns associated with wearable technologies.

Antibiotics, infection and patients who share hospital beds

Researchers have found that infections from Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis, can pass from patient to patient after sharing the same hospital bed.

St. Joseph Health pays $2.14 million for patient information breach

St. Joseph Health (SJH) will be paying a $2.14 million settlement for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.