Privacy & Security

CMS Deputy CIO Janet Vogel to replace outgoing HHS CISO Wlaschin
By Jessica Davis 03:32 pm March 26, 2018
Christopher Wlaschin is stepping down at the end of March for family reasons, but his departure comes amid controversy surrounding the abrupt removal of two cybersecurity leaders.
healthcare data breach
By Jessica Davis 12:45 pm March 26, 2018
Cohen, Bergman, Klepper, Romano MDs left a database open to the public, containing backup data of 3 million clinical notes.
By Jessica Davis 04:33 pm March 22, 2018
Several employee emails were breached exposing a range of patient data from Medicaid details to Social Security numbers.
OCR investigating Banner Health

Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Credit: Google Maps

By Jessica Davis 12:34 pm March 21, 2018
The Arizona health system is cooperating with the investigation but expects to receive negative findings and a potential fine.
HIMSS TV
By 10:33 am March 21, 2018
A roundup of big ideas from experts on interoperability, patient engagement, security, cloud computing, innovation, policy and more during HIMSS18.
HIPAA compliance GDPR privacy law in Europe
By Jessica Davis 09:31 am March 21, 2018
By May 25, U.S. providers caring for EU patients will need to brush up on consent forms, data sharing and privacy monitoring because the General Data Protection Regulation is tougher than HIPAA.
AHIMA calls on Congress to fight opioids with information sharing, patient matching
By Mike Miliard 01:51 pm March 20, 2018
The group says privacy can still be maintained while giving care providers secure access to relevant substance abuse data and calls on Congress to allow HHS to pursue patient ID strategies.
Pitfalls to avoid with third-party security vendors

A view from the Cybersecurity Command Center at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas.

By Bill Siwicki 02:23 pm March 19, 2018
Cybersecurity experts offer valuable advice on dealing with third parties because while a third party may be responsible for a breach, it's the healthcare organization that is accountable.
healthcare cybersecurity breach

PHC's East Side Medical in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit: Primary Health Care

By Jessica Davis 12:32 pm March 19, 2018
Hackers broke into four employee email accounts of the Iowa provider, allowing access to a wide range of sensitive data.
cybersecurity command center himss18

The Cybersecurity Command Center at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas hosted interactive booths and challenges as well as education sessions about current cybersecurity issues.

By Jessica Davis 01:11 pm March 16, 2018
From Google to NIH, the message was clear at the annual health IT conference: Hospitals need to make cybersecurity a budget priority and tackle security as a team.

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