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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

Phishing email the source of a breach for Wyoming Medical Center

An email phishing scheme has led to a data breach impacting 3,184 patients of Wyoming Medical Center.

N.C. provider to pay $750,000 to settle HIPAA violations

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic of North Carolina will pay $750,000 to settle HIPAA violation charges. 

Stolen unencrypted laptop impacts CVS pharmacy customers in Alabama

A stolen unencrypted laptop is the source of a data breach affecting customers of a CVS Pharmacy in Calera, Ala., according to a report by

ACC breach affects 1,400 provider groups

The American College of Cardiology has notified 1,400 institutions that some of their patient data may have been compromised after inadvertently being made available to a third-party vendor.

Cleveland Clinic providers available to CVS MinuteClinic patients through telehealth

A new partnership will connect Cleveland Clinic providers with CVS MinuteClinic customers in Ohio for online and mobile doctor visits through the American Well telehealth platform.

How cybercriminals are going pro

Cybercriminals are establishing professional businesses and adopting corporate best practices, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report.

Fla. breach tied back to two employees' tax fraud scheme

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has issued a security breach notice to patients of its health centers in the area.

Providers pool resources to guard against cyberattacks

Healthcare providers are joining forces to fight the growing threat of online attacks on their data and information systems.

Philly health system breach due to employee error

Einstein Health Network has notified some 3,000 patients about a possible data breach after a website database was accidentally left accessible online, according to a Norristown Patch report. 

Brooklyn provider another victim of phishing email

Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS) in Brooklyn, N.Y., was the victim of a phishing attack in January.