Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis is Senior Editor for Healthcare IT News, exclusively covering cybersecurity and government policy. She writes the bi-weekly HITN Cybersecurity Checkup and is lead editor for Women in Health IT.

patients medical records breach of Michigan eye doctor

Holland Eye Surgery & Laser Center in Holland, Michigan. Credit: hollandeye.com 

By Jessica Davis 01:56 pm June 04, 2018
A hacker told Holland Eye Surgery and Laser Center in March that they had accessed a patient list, but an investigation revealed that another access occurred back in 2016.
security vulnerabilities update software
By Jessica Davis 01:35 pm June 01, 2018
HIMSS’ latest cybersecurity report highlights the continued Meltdown and Spectre threats that first appeared in early 2018, while outlining how hackers can easily exploit healthcare’s legacy systems.
The Advisory Board’s Allyson Vicars on cybersecurity

Allyson Vicars is an associate director with The Advisory Board’s Health Care IT Advisor research program and will be speaking at the Healthcare Security Forum on June 11.

By Jessica Davis 08:31 am June 01, 2018
The Advisory Board’s Allyson Vicars says health orgs need to lean on governance and engage the executive leaders to tackle cybersecurity issues.
VA leadership shakeup with Trump administration
By Jessica Davis 04:01 pm May 30, 2018
The agency’s Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman announces his retirement, as Trump names yet another acting secretary to fill the post left by Robert Wilkie.
email phishing breach
By Jessica Davis 12:54 pm May 29, 2018
A hacker hit some email accounts of Aultman Health Foundation with a phishing attack in February, but officials didn’t discover the breach until March 28.
EU's GDPR privacy law
By Jessica Davis 02:37 pm May 25, 2018
The European regulation is much more stringent than HIPAA, and those health systems that handle EU patient data, even in the U.S., must adjust their privacy measures to comply.
Minnesota ransomware attack

Credit: Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology

By Jessica Davis 01:57 pm May 25, 2018
While only about 6,500 patients were impacted by a cyberattack on Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology in March, the provider's transparency in its breach notification is a valuable example for other organizations.
By Jessica Davis 11:28 am May 25, 2018
In March, the Internet Engineering Task Force approved the Transport Layer Security version 1.3, the key function to enable HTTPS function on the web.
senate gives veterans affairs $5.2 billion to expand private care
By Jessica Davis 11:37 am May 24, 2018
Passing with a 92-5 vote, the legislation also will mandate the agency participate in national PDMP data sharing network.

From left: Lisa Schmitz Mazur and Bernadette Broccolo.

By Jessica Davis 03:45 pm May 22, 2018
As the healthcare sector continues to shift into value-based care and consumers become more involved in the care process, telemedicine and big data will continue to hold a crucial role in advancing patient care.

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