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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

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

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.