Cyberattacks remain a critical security concern - and a top patient safety hazard - for the healthcare and public health sector in 2022, federal authorities and other experts warned this week. Will recent takedowns of ransomware criminal gang members by law enforcement agencies help?
Federal regulators have released the final versions of the long-awaited Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, which provide a governance framework to promote secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange - an effort that has been in the making for years.
More than a year after the December 2020 cyberattack on Accellion's File Transfer Appliance, the company has agreed to an $ 8.1 million settlement to resolve a class action against it following the data exposure that resulted in the theft of both consumer and patient data.
A family medical practice is notifying nearly 200,000 individuals that their information was compromised in a 2020 ransomware attack on cloud hosting vendor Netgain Technology, an incident that also affected several of the vendor's other clients and hundreds of thousands of their patients.
Maryland officials confirm that a December cyberattack on the state's health department, which is still disrupting some services, involved ransomware - but that no ransom was paid. Also, lawsuits have been filed against a Florida specialty pharmacy in the wake of a November cyber incident.
A Chicago-based fertility center has reported that a hacking incident detected in February 2021 has affected the protected health information of nearly 80,000 individuals. The breach is among the latest major security incidents involving fertility healthcare providers.
A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against a practice management and electronic health records vendor in the wake of a 2021 cyberattack affecting nearly 320,000 individuals. Among other demands, the lawsuit seeks a long list of security improvements by the company.
A Florida public hospital system has kicked off the New Year of breaches by reporting to regulators a hacking incident detected in October that involved data exfiltration affecting the personal information of more than 1.3 million patients and employees.
Health technology providers - including makers of mobile health apps, personal health records, fitness devices and other related products - must keep a watchful eye on critical evolving privacy and regulatory issues in the months ahead, says attorney Brad Rostolsky of the law firm Reed Smith.
Two years into the pandemic, pharmaceutical firms remain a top target for cybercriminals, and that trend will undoubtedly persist in 2022, says Paul Prudhomme, a former Department of Defense threat analyst who is now a researcher with cybersecurity threat intelligence firm IntSights.
Two healthcare sector entities are in the process of notifying a total of nearly 750,000 individuals of recent hacks compromising patients' protected health information. Separately, regulators have issued HIPAA guidance pertaining to PHI disclosures involving "extreme risk" and firearms.
A Kentucky-based medical specialty practice is notifying nearly 107,000 individuals that their information was potentially compromised in a recent email hack. Meanwhile, a Missouri medical center is still dealing with a phone and IT systems outage that started last week.
Oracle announced on Monday that it plans to acquire healthcare technology vendor Cerner Corp. in an all-cash deal valued at $28.3 billion, which is expected to close by the end of 2022. But what are the potential health data privacy and security implications?
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including mitigating the Apache Log4j zero-day vulnerability, findings from a new report analyzing the Conti ransomware attack on Ireland's Health Services Executive and President Biden's drive to...
A New Jersey cancer treatment center and two of its affiliated entities have agreed to pay $425,000 and to bolster data security and privacy practices in a settlement with state regulators in the wake of two related 2019 data breaches.