A newly disclosed collaboration between Google and the massive Ascension healthcare system that the partners say is designed to improve patient care is raising serious privacy concerns. That's because the project involves Ascension sharing with Google data on millions of its patients - without their permission.
What are some of the most important aspects in managing vendor security risk when taking on third parties to handle sensitive data? Mitch Parker, CISO of Indiana University Health, explains the critical steps his organization is taking in its approach to vendor risk.
Providence Health Plan says some of its members were among the nearly 3 million individuals affected by a data breach revealed by health plan administrator Dominion National in June. What lessons are emerging from that security incident and others involving third parties?
DirectTrust, - known for creating and maintaining the Direct protocol and trust framework for secure email in healthcare - has kicked off a new initiative to develop industry standards for secure real-time instant messaging. What are the potential benefits?
A medical center and a children's hospital in Puerto Rico are victims of a recent ransomware attack impacting a total of more than a half million individuals. The combined incident is the largest ransomware breach reported to federal regulators so far in 2019. How is this threat evolving?
As part of healthcare's digital transformation, payers and providers alike have rolled out patient portals and telemedicine platforms to increase access to care, improve patient participation and decrease healthcare administrative costs.
How secure are these portals? What types of authentication protocols are used to...
A data breach at American Medical Collection Agency has affected nearly 12 million patients who had lab tests performed by Quest Diagnostics, exposing a wealth of information, including Social Security numbers.
As the use of artificial intelligence tools and robotics continues to grow, it's crucial for organizations to assess the potential security risks posed, says attorney Stephen Wu, who reviews key issues in an interview.
The digital revolution has given healthcare organizations new tools to increase team efficiency and improve their customer experience. But it's also opened up new vectors that cybercriminals can use to attack. As your attack surface expands to infrastructure that you don't own or control, becomes increasingly...
An EU General Data Protection Regulation enforcement action against a hospital in Portugal demonstrates complying with GDPR may be even tougher than complying with HIPAA. Regulatory experts analyze the implications of the case.
What impact would potential changes to HIPAA have on the healthcare sector? And what's the likelihood that HIPAA, indeed, will be modified - especially provisions that touch on privacy and security? Privacy attorney Kirk Nahra sizes up what's ahead.
Healthcare entities need to take a number of important steps to defend against cyberattacks involving remote access, say Chad Waters and Juuso Leinonen, security engineers at the ECRI Institute, which recently singled out hackers remotely accessing medical devices and systems as the No. 1 technology hazard.
An inside view of what HHS OCR is seeing on the healthcare sector privacy and security landscape, and what the agency has in the works to address those challenges. That includes:
Insights from OCR's latest breach and compliance investigations of covered entities and BAs.
An update on OCR's HIPAA enforcement...