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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced John Riggi, who spent 30 years working for the FBI, as senior adviser for cybersecurity and risk.

Siemens and eight partners to sign a joint charter to improve cybersecurity, identifying 10 action areas where governments and business could engage in the growth of security.

Medical devices, including cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers, could be at risk to hacking and potential cause life-threatening events, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Out of all types of healthcare providers, hospitals accounted for one-third of all data breaches and affected the largest number of individuals compared to doctors, nurses and social workers, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.

A receiver for Filefax has agreed to pay $100,000 from its liquidated estate to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) after being found in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.


Recent Headlines

The worldwide response to last week's ransomware cyberattack

Friday afternoon brought about a massive international ransomware cyberattack. Beginning at National Health Service hospitals in the United Kingdom, the attack quickly spread to 74 countries in a matter of hours. Over the weekend, additional developments have solidified this attack as the largest the world has ever experienced.

UK NHS ransomware cyberattack spreads across the globe

A ransomware attack on the National Health Service in the United Kingdom has spread into other countries, with hospital staff in the U.K. unable to access patient data, ambulances being diverted and patients planning on visiting some departments being told to stay away. 

Texas health system to pay HHS $2.4 million for patient information breach

The Texas health system Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) has agreed to pay HHS $2.4 million and to implement a corrective action plan after a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

Patient data remains unsafe, even at the largest hospitals

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found 1,798 large data breaches of patient data have occurred in the past seven years. The study further showed the need for improved security measures in healthcare systems nationwide.

Top 10 patient safety concerns released by ECRI Institute

ECRI Institute has released its annual top patient safety concerns for 2017, which aims to identify potential threats to patient safety while addressing challenges and offering suggestions and resources to address them.

HIMSS 2017: Experts encourage efforts to improve cybersecurity, breach response

Cybersecurity was one of the many highlighted topics during HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, with a number of presentations focusing on industry efforts to secure patient information and still be able to share such information. Hussein Syed, chief security information officer at RWJBarnabas Health, and Ladi Adefala, MBA, senior security strategist at Fortinet, discussed how healthcare must adapt to protect patients.

HHS releases guide on reporting, monitoring cyber security

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a letter regarding cyber threats faced by healthcare organizations, including reporting and monitoring practices.

Henry Ford, VisionIT offer mobile communication to clinicians

Henry Ford Health System and VisionIT have partnered to offer CareTrail, a mobile application, to improve communication between clinicians. The platform provides clinicians with a tool that offers on-call scheduling, availability updates and additional workflow optimizations.

HIMSS 2017: Boehner & Rendell lead list of big-name keynote speakers

It’s time once again for HIMSS to host hospital management engineers, administrators and other industry professionals at its 2017 annual meeting.  HIMSS17—which runs Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando—is scheduled to include a variety of networking events and educational sessions, headlined by four highly acclaimed keynote speakers.

HIMSS 2017: How one hospital prepared for, and survived, a ‘hacktivist’ cyberattack

Sometimes, hackers aren’t motivated by money when they go after patient records. Luckily for hospitals and health systems, even so-called “hacktivists” can be stopped with the same defenses that fend off other cyberattacks.