Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis is Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News.

Philadelphia ransomware targeted spear-phishing campaign

This ransomware file contains icons resembling patient information, which all point to the malicious script and if any of the icons are double-clicked, the JavaScript is triggered to download on the user’s network.

By Jessica Davis 02:09 pm April 10, 2017
Philadelphia ransomware is part of a highly targeted spear-phishing campaign that may signify more ransomware-as-service campaigns are on the horizon.
Politico uncovers more funding indiscretions from Patrick Soon-Shiong

Biotech mogul Patrick Soon-Shing is facing more damning allegations about his fundraising.

By Jessica Davis 11:38 am April 10, 2017
The biotech mogul gave about $15 million to Phoenix Children’s Hospital fund that included millions in deals that benefited his for-profit companies.
1 million patient records leaked
By Jessica Davis 04:02 pm April 07, 2017
A failed contract to build a customer database for HealthNow Networks, left personal health information exposed online for months, according to an investigation by ZDNet and DataBreaches.net.
NIST cybersecurity

The MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act, introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, left, and supported by Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, was passed to protect digital assets that could greatly benefit small and medium healthcare providers.

By Jessica Davis 01:36 pm April 07, 2017
If passed, the law would help small- and medium-sized healthcare providers that often have constrained security budgets.
HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase
By Jessica Davis 12:30 pm April 07, 2017
Lengthy visits to the redesigned exhibition space showed healthcare decision-makers' interest in more seamless, standards-based data exchange.
HHS staff additions

Jane Lucas, left, was named deputy director of the Office of the Secretary and former Booz Allen Hamilton Associate Jen Moughalian joined HHS as acting assistant secretary for financial resources.

By Jessica Davis 03:28 pm April 06, 2017
An Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources experienced in helping healthcare organizations manage transitions and others have quietly joined HHS. 
Ransomware ABCD hackers
By Jessica Davis 04:36 pm April 05, 2017
ABCD Children’s Pediatrics also discovered other evidence of hackers on the network, which included suspicious user accounts.
Senate Trump FDA Gottlieb
By Jessica Davis 04:22 pm April 05, 2017
The former FDA Deputy Commissioner under George W. Bush also vowed to maintain the FDA’s gold standard on research and development. Democrats, however, were skeptical about his ability to withstand political pressure from President Trump.
Montefiore Medical Center data breach

New York providers Montefiore Medical Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center and Affiliates were breached four times each.

By Jessica Davis 11:51 am April 05, 2017
More than a third of the 1,798 breaches discovered in 2016 affected either large hospitals or academic medical centers, a JAMA report found.
Incentives will drive healthcare industry to share cyberthreat info

Denise Anderson, president of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, asked Tuesday that Congress create permanent cybersecurity liaisons.

By Jessica Davis 08:08 am April 05, 2017
As threats continue to plague the healthcare industry, Congress needs to financially support industries willing to share threat data, group says.

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