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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have launched new tools and initiatives to assist in elevating he opioid epidemic while also implementing the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255).

According to a study released by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA), 83 percent of American physicians have experienced some form of a cybersecurity breach.

In a letter written to HHS Acting Secretary Eric D. Hagan, House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walde, R-Oregon, urged the agency to develop a sector-wide plan of action in deploying a “bill of materials” (BOM) for healthcare technology.

Privacy concerns are the main barrier in getting patients to share electronic medical records (EMRs) with healthcare providers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

Calif. legislation addresses ransomware in healthcare

California is leading the charge for healthcare cybersecurity by passing legislation that outlaws ransomware and specifies how the crime should be prosecuted.

 
Stolen mail truck impacts 2,400 Kaiser Permanente members

The theft of a mail truck carrying protected health information is the source of a data breach affecting 2,400 members of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente.

Gem launches blockchain initiative

Gem, a blockchain technology platform, has launched Gem Health, an initiative for building an inclusive blockchain ecosystem for healthcare.

Physical theft and loss the top reason for healthcare security incidents

Almost three-quarters of security incidents in healthcare in 2015 involved physical theft and loss, insider and privilege misuse and miscellaneous errors, according to the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Oneida Nation suffers data breach

The Oneida Nation's Oneida Health Center in Wisconsin has reported a data breach after a flash drive containing details of patients' dental information was stolen.

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 AL.com.

 
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.

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