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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

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.

Two Calif. hospitals hit by hackers

Two Southern California hospitals are the victims of hackers, according to a report from California Healthline.

HHS shares HIPAA audit plans

After much delay, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has initiated the second phase of its HIPAA Audit Program.

Kentucky hospital latest ransomware victim

Another hospital is the victim of a ransomware attack.

AHIMA launches petition for national patient identifier

As reported last week, the American Health Information Management Association has launched the petition asking the White House to address the need for a national voluntary patient safety identifier by removing legislative language that has prevented open discussion.

Research institute faces $3.9M HIPAA fine

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, affiliated with Northwell Health, will pay a $3.9 million fine for HIPAA violations.