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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

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.

GAO: experienced more than 300 security incidents in less than 2 years

According to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO),, the federal marketplace for health insurance, experienced 316 known security-related incidents from October 2013 to March 2015.

Security pro talks ransomware, blockchain potential

News of ransomware attacks have hit the headlines repeatedly over the past several weeks—a trend most likely to continue, according to Chris Ensey, COO of Dunbar Security Solutions.

HIMSS, AMDIS offer support for Precision Medicine security framework

In a letter to White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) Policy Director, John Holdren, PhD, HIMSS and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) offered comments in response to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI): Draft Data Security Policy Principles and Framework.

21st Century Oncology faces lawsuits after breach

In the wake of an October 2015 breach, four class-action lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court against Fort Myers-based 21st Century Oncology for failure to adequately protect patient data, according to an article in the Bradenton Herald. The plaintiffs are seeking $15 million in relief.

Expect a 250% increase in ransomware attacks this year

Think you've been hearing a lot about ransomware attacks lately? You haven't seen anything yet.

Class action lawsuit targets relationship between Facebook and providers

Three Facebook users have filed a class action lawsuit against the social media company, medical organizations and providers alleging that Facebook obtained and used health information without their knowledge or consent.