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Privacy & Security

 

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.

Blockchain solutions have piqued interest of the healthcare industry, positioning the technology as a fix to interoperability, privacy and security issues. A report conducted by Black Book presented current and planned measures in the implementation of blockchain.

Maintaining a high level of security in electronic medical records (EMRs) requires physicians have unique user IDs and passwords, but, according to a study published in Health Informatics Research, 73.6 percent of physicians have received the password of another staff member.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

FDA will not regulate 'low-risk' healthcare technologies, apps

Users of Fitbits and Weight Watchers can breathe a sigh of relief after the FDA announced its guidance stating that it would not be regulating low-risk products like mobile health and fitness apps.

With hacks on the rise, cybersecurity vendors flood market, try to appeal to providers

As cyber attackers increasingly become a threat to healthcare providers' data assets and IT systems, new cybersecurity vendors are entering the market as hospitals and clinics are looking for better ways to protect their patients' information, as well as their own financial and trade secret information.

Central Ohio Urology Group becomes latest healthcare company to be hacked

The hackers have struck once again, this time attacking the Central Ohio Urology Group in Gahanna, according to The Verge.

Hacking threat drives demand for information security analysts

At the front line in the fight against healthcare hackers are information security analysts, driving demand for these technological soldiers is growing. 

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.

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