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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.

Medical devices, including cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers, could be at risk to hacking and potential cause life-threatening events, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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.


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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 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.

Hacking threat drives demand for information security analysts

At the front line in the fight against healthcare hackers are information security analysts, driving demand for these technological soldiers is growing. 

Web-based data tool designed to enhance drug safety

A new kind of search engine has been developed and can be used to reduce the negative side effects of prescription drugs , while even discovering new uses for medications.

Thousands of patients' personal data breached at Massachusetts hospital

About 4,300 Massachusetts General Hospital patients’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth and dental info became available to unauthorized users in February, the hospital announced June 29.

Hacker claims to have 600K patient records, wants big payday

A hacker by the name of “thedarkoverlord” is advertising the sale of hundreds of thousands of heath records, including social security and insurance policy numbers, reports MotherBoard.