The Change Healthcare mega hack has taken nearly 120 of the company's IT products and services offline since Feb. 21, and that cyber disruption is having serious, widespread impact on the entire healthcare industry including major players, said attorney Sara Goldstein of the law firm BakerHostetler.
Ransomware group Rhysida is offering to sell "exclusive data" stolen from a Chicago children's hospital for $3.4 million on the dark web, while the hospital is still struggling to recover its IT systems, including its electronic health records and patient portal, one month after the attack.
BlackCat claimed on its dark web site that it is behind the biggest healthcare hack so far the year - exfiltrating 6 terabytes of "highly selective data" relating to "all" Change Healthcare clients, including Tricare, Medicare, CVS Caremark, MetLife and more.
The Health Sector Coordinating Council has issued a five-year strategic plan - "a call to action" - for healthcare and public health organizations to implement cybersecurity programs that do a better job of protecting their patients against the ever-rising tide of threats.
Healthcare industry groups are urging their members to take certain precautionary actions in the wake of the attack last week on Change Healthcare, a unit of Optum. The advisories come as some researchers say the incident appears to involve exploitation of flaws in ConnectWise's ScreenConnect tool.
Pharmacies at U.S. military hospitals and clinics worldwide are among the entities affected by the cyberattack on Optum's Change Healthcare this week, which has forced the IT services company to take many of its applications offline. Change Healthcare disconnected its IT systems on Wednesday.
As the volume of major health data breaches rises, the federal agency charged with investigating those incidents told Congress this week that it lacks the needed funding to keep up with its mounting workload. The agency also separately announced its second ransomware HIPAA breach settlement.
It's not just medical device cybersecurity that's keeping some healthcare security leaders up at night - it's also the risks posed by other critical connected gear that patients and clinicians depend upon, said Ali Youssef, director of medical device and emerging tech security at Henry Ford Health System.
Change Healthcare - a unit of Optum that provides IT services and applications to hundreds of U.S. pharmacies, payers and healthcare providers - is dealing with a cyber incident that has forced the company to take its applications offline enterprisewide. The company said is triaging the situation.
An Arizona firm that provides administrative services to a dozen ophthalmology practices in several states is notifying nearly 2.4 million patients of a data theft incident. The hack is among the latest recent major data breaches involving vendors of critical services to healthcare firms.
A bipartisan pair of congressmen is again attempting to address long-standing issues of patient safety and privacy - as well as medical errors, inadvertent information disclosures and denied medical claims - which all occur when patients and the health records used to treat them do not match.
When a hospital or clinic is hit with a cyberattack, it often seems as if the electronic health record systems just can't win. Even if the EHR system is not the prime target of the attack, it's still frequently taken off line as the organization responds to the incident. What should entities do?
The FDA's multifaceted approach to strengthening medical device security centers on several key areas, including enhanced regulatory oversight, industry collaboration and a recent organizational change that raises the profile of the agency's device work, said the FDA's Dr. Suzanne Schwartz.
In the latest weekly update, four ISMG editors discussed the relatively low profile of cyberwarfare in recent international conflicts, the potential revival of a dormant HIPAA compliance audit program and the security implications of sovereign AI development.
An electronic health record and practice management software firm says the only way to avoid bankruptcy from the consolidation of nine proposed class action lawsuits filed in the wake of a 2022 data breach is to settle the case for $4 million.