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Researchers are developing platforms to securely and quickly send data to and from smartphones. A new mobile application developed to assist providers in meeting patient privacy regulation allows for the sharing and storing of patient-related photos, videos and audio.

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 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.

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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

Web-based data tool designed to enhance drug safety

A new kind of search engine has been developed and can be used to reduce the negative side effects of prescription drugs , while even discovering new uses for medications.

Thousands of patients' personal data breached at Massachusetts hospital

About 4,300 Massachusetts General Hospital patients’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth and dental info became available to unauthorized users in February, the hospital announced June 29.

 
Hacker claims to have 600K patient records, wants big payday

A hacker by the name of “thedarkoverlord” is advertising the sale of hundreds of thousands of heath records, including social security and insurance policy numbers, reports MotherBoard.

Healthcare data breaches more expensive than other industries

Healthcare organizations will pay more per lost or stolen record when their data is breached, according to a new study by IBM and the Ponemon Institute.

Unauthorized access blamed in more 2016 data breaches than hacking

The leading cause of healthcare data breaches so far this year is unauthorized access or disclosure, not hacking, according to data compiled by HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

ACLU: Myriad Genetics kept data from breast cancer patients

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint on behalf of breast cancer patients who claim Utah-based Myriad Genetics violated HIPAA law by refusing to turn over the patient’s own genetic data.

Two heavy hitters slug it out over MU’s role in breaches

Meaningful Use may not have launched the hacker express into healthcare, but it surely seems to have greased the rails. 

OCR: Cybersecurity needs to be a priority

Federal regulators urged healthcare organizations to have plans in place to deal with security issues such as data breaches involving patient and business information.

Hospital faces criticism for filming surgeries

In stepping up its surveillance after anesthesia drugs started going missing, Sharp Grossmont Hospital filmed women undergoing surgery without their permission.

Brookings report asks OCR to share data breach findings

Interviewees felt the Office of Civil Rights’ process should be more about finding ways to prevent future breaches than punishing hacked organizations.

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