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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

2016: The year of the data breach

The healthcare system faced an inceasingly common occurance in 2016, with a report by Protenus Breach Barometer claiming there was, on average, one data breach a day.

OCR clarifies HIPAA disclosure after Orlando nightclub shooting

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has clarified that HIPAA’s rules on disclosing protected health information (PHI) are not limited by the sex or gender identity of the patient or their loved ones.

Presence Health first to be fined for delayed breach notification

HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA enforcement action based solely on a healthcare facility not reporting a data breach in a timely manner. 

Foreign government suspected in Anthem cyber security breach

The California Department of Insurance has released its findings and settlement agreement in regards to the security breach of the insurance company Anthem. More than 78 million patient records, 12 million belonging to minors, were breached on January 27, 2015.

Wearables and the risk to users' data privacy

Most people don’t realize the risks to privacy and security posed by wearable devices. A report by researchers at American University and the Center for Digital Democracy includes recommendations and explanations for the primary concerns associated with wearable technologies.

Antibiotics, infection and patients who share hospital beds

Researchers have found that infections from Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis, can pass from patient to patient after sharing the same hospital bed.

St. Joseph Health pays $2.14 million for patient information breach

St. Joseph Health (SJH) will be paying a $2.14 million settlement for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.

Need answers? HHS covers 11 questions on HIPAA, cloud computing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a guide on HIPAA and cloud computing in an effort to improve the security of patient information.

Surgeon General investigating potential breach affecting healthcare workers

The personal information of 6,700 physicians and nurses overseen by the U.S. Surgeon General may have been compromised. 

Q&A: Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice, on battling hackers with patient data security systems

MacPractice, a developer of practice management and clinical software, has released a specialized system of encryption for Mac OS X to keep patient data secure. In an exclusive interview with Clinical Innovation & Technology, Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice, speaks about MacPractice and the constant hacking threat faced by the healthcare industry.