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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have launched new tools and initiatives to assist in elevating he opioid epidemic while also implementing the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255).

According to a study released by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA), 83 percent of American physicians have experienced some form of a cybersecurity breach.

In a letter written to HHS Acting Secretary Eric D. Hagan, House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walde, R-Oregon, urged the agency to develop a sector-wide plan of action in deploying a “bill of materials” (BOM) for healthcare technology.

Privacy concerns are the main barrier in getting patients to share electronic medical records (EMRs) with healthcare providers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Healthcare technology, while providing patients and professionals with advanced care solutions, has weaknesses in protecting patient information, according to the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 report conducted by ECRI Institute.

 

Recent Headlines

Mobile apps for dementia patients lack security measures

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 on 3D printers result in defective products

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.

Cybersecurity on DNA sequencing tools failed to protect data

A recent study form the University of Washington found that security measures on patient's genetic tests are poorly maintained. The unprotected DNA information poses an additional threat because it can be encrypted with malicious code and harm the computer.

HIMSS: 7 points showing healthcare cybersecurity is improving

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.

Ransomware attacks in healthcare industry increases by 133%

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.

Lock it down: 11 findings from cybersecurity survey of healthcare execs

Cyber security is at the top of the list for improvement in many healthcare organizations due to the uptake ransomware attacks in the recent month. The recently published 2017 KPMG/Forbes Insights CyberSecurity Survey outlines on the current landscape of cyber security, technology and strategies in ensuring patient data remains safe while also showcasing where the industry lacks in protecting electronic information.

Better technology, strategy top avenues to improving cybersecurity

KPMG has released its 2017 Cyber Healthcare & Life Sciences Survey, outlining current cybersecurity measures and threats.

HHS introduces tool to provide information on data breaches

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has introduced a revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT) that gives individuals information to improve identification of data breaches and help them understand how they are investigated and resolved.

Clinicians rely on pagers for care-related communications but many remain unprotected

With an array of options to communicate, physicians are able to pick and choose their favorite. A new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found that of all the communicative technologies, physicians prefer to use pagers to receive patient care-related (PCR) communications.

55% of healthcare professionals believe firms ready for cyberattacks

In the recent Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) Stat poll, 55 percent of healthcare professionals believe their organization's information technology (IT) infrastructure was secure against cyberattacks.

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