Ransomware and Hacking Attempts against Healthcare Expected to Increase in Severity, Scope

If it seems like news reports about hacking and ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations are on an uptick. The infamous Department of Health and Human Service’s “wall of shame” confirms this trend.

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OCR Releases Guidance for HIPAA-Covered Entities to Follow FTC Regulations When Sharing Patient Data

HIPAA-covered entities that share consumer health information also need to comply with regulations under the FTC Act when sharing information for commercial, non-treatment-related purposes, according to newly released guidance OCR.

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Hospital IT Systems At Risk for Denial of Service Cyber Attacks

Despite the minimal impact of this particular attack, in which cybercriminals flood an organization’s servers with data—including data from Internet of Things-connected devices—healthcare security experts warned that many health IT systems are vulnerable to future threats.

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Russian Hackers Breach Health Records of US Olympians

The breach of Olympic athletes’ medical records by Russian hackers this week again demonstrates the vulnerability of protected health information and the extent to which it is viewed as a target by criminals.

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OCR to Enforce Investigating Breaches Affecting Under 500 Individuals

Federal health privacy officials issued an alert last week saying that starting this August, it is allocating more resources to an initiative aimed at investigating health data breaches affecting 500 patients or less.

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Why Healthcare Should Copy Banking Industry’s Response to Cybercrime

The healthcare industry should respond to patient privacy breaches the same way the credit card and banking industries react when security incidents occur in those industries, one writer suggests.

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