The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new proposed rule to better align the HIPAA privacy and breach notification rules with regulations involving the confidentiality of records pertaining to patients receiving treatment for substance use disorders.
Healthcare providers and their vendors often fear federal regulatory action, but do fines and corrective action many any difference at all? As breach cases have nearly doubled since 2018, federal fines dropped 93% in 2022, and some say the agency is understaffed and crippled by legal challenges.
Cybersecurity experts warn that large healthcare and public sector organizations are continuing to get hit by "big-game hunting" attackers wielding Lorenz ransomware. Among the group's known victims are Wolfe Eye Clinic in Iowa and Salud Family Health of Colorado.
Over 5,000 major health data breaches since 2009 have affected the personal information of 370 million people. Ransomware gangs and hackers are targeting healthcare providers, insurance firms and partners at an alarming rate. Experts explain why it's such a dangerous game.
Ten state attorneys general are urging Apple to address privacy and security gaps in third-party applications available on the App Store that track, collect or store reproductive health data. The letter comes as scrutiny intensifies over how large tech firms handle sensitive health data.
Authorities charged six people, including five former Tennessee hospital workers, with conspiracy in disclosing health data. Federal prosecutors say the six sold information about patients involved in motor vehicle accidents to third parties, including chiropractors and personal injury attorneys.
U.S. federal authorities are warning critical infrastructure sectors including healthcare to be on the lookout for indicators of Hive ransomware. Healthcare is a particular favorite of Hive affiliates because hospitals and other medical providers often pay ransoms.
Federal officials released updated guidance for medical device cybersecurity incidents, including ransomware, as cyberattacks against the healthcare sector continue to surge. From mid-2020 through 2021, 82% of healthcare systems reported a cyber incident, 34% of which involved ransomware.
Hospitals face attacks from nation-states seeking medical research and cybercriminals using pediatric patient data to apply for loans, says Stoddard Manikin. Adversaries target pediatric records to exploit the patient's credit and adult records when pursuing insurance or prescription fraud.
A recent ransomware attack at a Texas hospital that knocked out phone and email systems for weeks is now even worse following OakBend Medical Center's admission that the hackers downloaded data from the medical records of up to 500,000 individuals.
The Red Cross symbol has marked people and facilities off-limits to attack across a century of wars, but security experts are skeptical about a proposal to create a digital Red Cross marker to protect healthcare and humanitarian groups from cyberattacks. The reason? You can't trust cybercriminals.
The healthcare industry should be aware of Iranian hackers using social engineering techniques, says the U.S. federal government. Hackers sponsored by Tehran layer on the social media deception, warns the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordinating Center.
A U.S. senator is suggesting adding cybersecurity standards to the list of federal prerequisites for medical practice participation in Medicare. Cybersecurity is a patient safety issue, says Mark Warner (D-Va.). He today released a slew of proposals for augmenting healthcare cybersecurity.
Nearly one month after a ransomware attack on the nation's fourth-largest hospital network, CommonSpirit Health is still struggling to bring online the various IT systems - including electronic medical records, prescriptions and patient appointment scheduling - affected at many of its facilities.
Healthcare entities need to rehearse breach response playbooks to avoid paying fines to the Department of Health and Human Services for poor incident response after a severe breach. Well-tested security incident response plans ensure the security of patient data, says the HHS Office of Civil Rights.