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Privacy & Security


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

Conn. hospital reports data breach A hard drive containing names, addresses, dates of birth, marital status, Social Security numbers and medical record numbers of MidState Medical Center patients has been misplaced, according to a notice posted on the Meriden, Conn. medical centers website.
VA issues RFP for open-source EHR effort The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a draft request for proposal aimed at forming an open-source community around its VistA (Veterans Integrated System Technology Architecture) EHR system.
Calif. hospital reports breach A computer containing an index file that held limited patient information was stolen from Eisenhower Medical Center on March 11.
AHIMA updates ICD-10 tools The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has updated its ICD-10 tools with a Top 10 List for Phase 1 ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Plan Development and Impact Assessment.
PHI breach research program launches The American National Standards Institute and Shared Assessments Program have launched a project to explore the financial impact of unauthorized protected health information (PHI) access.
California hospital signs FairWarning Methodist Hospital of Southern California, in Arcadia, Calif., has selected privacy auditor FairWarning to upgrade patient privacy in its EHR system.
Access Denied: Avoiding Patient Data Disasters The best way to avoid data breaches is to lock down everything. We wish. While thats not possible, data encryption and strongestablished, known and enforcedpolicies can certainly help.
Mass General coughs up $1M to settle HIPAA violation
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1 million to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is the second financial penalty issued by HHS for a covered entitys violations of HIPAA, as a $4.3 million fine was announced earlier this week.
HHS issues $4.3M fine to Maryland provider over HIPAA violation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights has issued a notice of determination finding that Cignet Health of Prince Georges County, Md., violated the Privacy Rule of HIPAA. HHS has imposed a civil money penalty of $4.3 million for the violations, representing the first financial penalty issued by HHS for a covered entitys violations of HIPAA.
StealthWatch 6.0 unveiled Networking company Lancope has unveiled the next generation of its StealthWatch System, which leverages flow data to deliver end-to-end network visibility and greater forensic intelligence for industries, including healthcare.