The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.
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IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.
CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a not-for-profit insurer serving Maryland, Washington and northern Virginia, said Wednesday that it was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack affecting 1.1 million individuals.
Criminal attacks have more than doubled over the past five years and are now the most common cause of healthcare data breaches, according to the Ponemon Institute's fifth annual survey on healthcare data security.
HHS has a revised guide to privacy and security for electronic health information that's intended to help smaller healthcare organizations that lack a legal staff. The guide, however, gives scant attention to several important regulatory areas.
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Boston-based not-for-profit healthcare system Partners HealthCare is notifying about 3,300 patients about a data breach after workers were tricked in a phishing scam.
Anthem raised financial guidance for the rest of the year after the Indianapolis-based health insurer posted $865.2 million in profit, a 23.4% jump from the same period last year.
New national guidelines indicate health insurers will face tougher regulatory scrutiny over how they protect customers from data breaches. But the guidance likely won't do much to prevent cyberattacks in the first place.
Two recent huge breaches of health insurers' information technology systems in which the personally identifiable records of more than 83 million individuals were stolen have had significant financial and psychological effects on healthcare organizations, according to Modern Healthcare's Survey of...
Premera Blue Cross failed to adequately protect its customers' personal information and notify them of a recent data breach in a timely manner, according to the latest class-action lawsuit filed Thursday against the insurer in federal court in Seattle.