Privacy & Security

The federal government has fined three Boston hospitals nearly $1 million for potential HIPAA violations regarding a documentary series.
A Pennsylvania health insurance company issued a notice following a security incident that exposed the private health information of some members.
A Brooklyn hospital emergency room worker is being accused of stealing private patient records and selling them through an encrypted phone application, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
The Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific in Honolulu issued a public notice following a ransomware attack that potentially exposed the healthcare data of 40,800 people.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to strengthen the cybersecurity of medical devices in the wake of computer-hacking threats, according to a report by the Star Tribune.
The personal health information of nearly 20,000 children was exposed after a mailing error, according to a report by the Kansas City Star.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is creating a voluntary privacy framework that will help organizations find better ways to protect individuals’ private information in an age of new technology.
Most system breaches that expose protected health information stem from internal actors, according to Verizon’s 2018 Protected Health Information Data Breach Report.
Texas Children’s Hospital has fired a nurse after she posted information about a child testing positive for measles to Facebook. The woman commented about the child’s symptoms in a group dedicated to so-called “anti-vaxxers,” who question the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.
The personal health information of 417,000 people may have been exposed following a phishing attack that targeted Augusta University (AU) Health in Augusta, Georgia.
After a note about a patient and her family was shared with another doctor, one physician looked at the benefits and consequences of having open medical records.
A research team was able to successfully attack a patient monitoring system to emulate and modify vital signs in real-time. 
Anthem, Inc.'s $115 million settlement for a data breach that exposed the personal information of millions has been approved by a federal judge, according to a report by Bloomberg Law.
With an increase of technology in the healthcare industry, providers now have a greater risk of being hacked and patient data being exposed. Due to that growing threat, more physicians are purchasing cyber insurance.
Voluntary guidelines designed to increase the safety of electronic health records (EHRs) have yet to be implemented fully, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Aug 15, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Hey,Charlie co-founder Emily Lindemer, PhD, discussed the app and how the healthcare industry benefits from patient-monitoring tools.
Mobile & Telehealth, Privacy & Security
Aug 07, 2018 | Privacy & Security
Healthcare organizations wondering how to better secure information can look to the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence for advice after it recently released a new set of practice guidelines on how to better protect information in electronic health records (EHRs).
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Aug 02, 2018 | Privacy & Security
Genetic testing companies—including Ancestry and 23andMe—have agreed to new rules when it comes to sharing customers’ DNA with third-party companies, Fortune reported.
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Aug 01, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Modern telecommunications carry an incredible amount of potential to improve monitoring and treatment of mental health conditions. Often, it can directly save lives. While technological advancement has occurred at a staggering pace, challenges remain in designing apps to best collect data from patients’ phones.
Mobile & Telehealth, Privacy & Security
Jul 30, 2018 | Privacy & Security
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced a four-year, $300 million deal with 23andMe, a personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California. The British pharmaceutical company will have access to genetic information of 23andMe’s five million customers.
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Jul 26, 2018 | Privacy & Security
Considering the growing threat of ransomware in healthcare, organizations need to plan for the day their data become hostages, according to new research from Marshall University. Training and maintaining “digital hygiene” can not only reduce the likelihood of an attack, it also may reduce the financial and operational impacts of an incident.
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