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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.

Cyberattacks occur on many types of devices—including 3D printers. A new study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Georgia Institute of Technology, examines methods in protecting 3D printers for improved cybersecurity.

Facing an increasing amount of cyberattacks, healthcare organizations are building up their cybersecurity programs, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. After speaking with 126 health information technology leaders, researchers outlined current security measures to show points of improvement and explore how the industry can prevent future attacks.

The healthcare industry has fought an uphill battle against hackers in 2017—and it shows in the latest Beazley Breach Insights report. The report, conducted by the cyber and data breach response insurance firm, found the rate of ransomware attacks had increased by 50 percent in the first quarter of 2017, with demands up 133 percent.


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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.

Ransomware alert offers 7 preventive measures

The U.S. healthcare industry, as well as other businesses and individuals globally, are susceptible to the threat of ransonware and variants of the virus, according to an alert from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team within the Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre.

CHIME betting on successful solution coming out of National Patient ID Challenge

CHIMA is holding a National Patient Identifier Challenge and so far, the response has been “tremendous,” said 2016 Board Chair Marc Probst, CIO at Intermountain Healthcare.

Breach affects 900 patients in North Carolina

Documents containing sensitive information were accidentally submitted as part of a court filing, leading to a data breach affecting 900 patients. 

MedStar offers update on malware attack

The FBI is investigating the computer virus that paralyzed some of MedStar Health's hospitals and practices on Monday, March 28.