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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

Brookings report asks OCR to share data breach findings

Interviewees felt the Office of Civil Rights’ process should be more about finding ways to prevent future breaches than punishing hacked organizations.

Bill would establish CISO role for HHS

House Energy and Commerce Committee members Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Congressman Billy Long (R-Mo.) introduced the HHS Data Protection Act which would establish the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and elevate the position out from under the CIO.

Calif. legislation addresses ransomware in healthcare

California is leading the charge for healthcare cybersecurity by passing legislation that outlaws ransomware and specifies how the crime should be prosecuted.

 
Stolen mail truck impacts 2,400 Kaiser Permanente members

The theft of a mail truck carrying protected health information is the source of a data breach affecting 2,400 members of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente.

Gem launches blockchain initiative

Gem, a blockchain technology platform, has launched Gem Health, an initiative for building an inclusive blockchain ecosystem for healthcare.

Physical theft and loss the top reason for healthcare security incidents

Almost three-quarters of security incidents in healthcare in 2015 involved physical theft and loss, insider and privilege misuse and miscellaneous errors, according to the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Oneida Nation suffers data breach

The Oneida Nation's Oneida Health Center in Wisconsin has reported a data breach after a flash drive containing details of patients' dental information was stolen.

Phishing email the source of a breach for Wyoming Medical Center

An email phishing scheme has led to a data breach impacting 3,184 patients of Wyoming Medical Center.

 
N.C. provider to pay $750,000 to settle HIPAA violations

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic of North Carolina will pay $750,000 to settle HIPAA violation charges. 

 
Stolen unencrypted laptop impacts CVS pharmacy customers in Alabama

A stolen unencrypted laptop is the source of a data breach affecting customers of a CVS Pharmacy in Calera, Ala., according to a report by AL.com.

 

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