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May 28, 2019

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, recently unveiled data privacy legislation that would require companies not covered by HIPAA to get explicit consent from patients before gathering and sharing health and genetic data.

Cortez Masto joins several other Congressional...

May 23, 2019

The Department of Justice has indicted two China-based hackers, charging them for hacking into Anthem’s network in 2015 and breaching the personal health information of 78.8 million patients. Calling it one of the worst data breaches in US history, the hackers first be...

May 20, 2019

For healthcare organization IT teams tasked with keeping personal health information secure, there’s nothing more pressing than remaining compliant with security and privacy regulations.

As healthcare organizations become targets for hackers, and breaches become more co...

May 13, 2019

A Tennessee diagnostic medical imaging services company has agreed to pay $3 million to settle potential HIPAA violations arising from a data breach that exposed the PHI of over 300,000 patients. As part of the settlement, the company — Touchstone Medical Imaging — mus...

May 7, 2019

On March 21, Blue Cross of Idaho officials discovered its provider portal was breached in an attempt to fraudulently reroute financial transactions. Access was disabled and the portal was secured within the day. Officials determined the hacker was able to access provid...

April 25, 2019

In a recent press release, the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it concluded 2018 with a record of $28.7 million from the settlement of 10 cases and the winning of a judgment in another regarding HIPAA compliance violations. The amount was 22% greater th...

April 22, 2019

The decision to shutter Brookside ENT and Hearing Services, based in Battle Creek, Michigan in the aftermath of the attack appears extreme. But it's an example of the distress many healthcare entities -- especially small and mid-sized providers -- are facing as ransomw...

April 16, 2019

About 70 percent of ransomware attacks in 2018 targeted small businesses, with an average ransom demand of $116,000, according to a recent report from Beazley Breach Response Services.

The healthcare sector was the hardest hit by ransomware, according to the report, wit...

April 12, 2019

Nine employees of the Oregon Department of Human Services fell victim to a targeted phishing attack, breaching the personal and medical data via 2 million compromised emails, according to HealthITSecurity.

On January 28, Oregon DHS’ Enterprise Security Office Cyber Secu...

April 4, 2019

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has continued its stringent HIPAA audit process in recent years, with 2018 being a record enforcement year; a strong, A robust security program is the key to avoiding -- or surviving -- an audit.

HIPAA compliance is a pinnacle part of an...