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MedStar still crippled by computer virus

By Joseph Conn  |  April 01, 2016

MedStar Health is still trying to return to normal five days after its health information technology systems were hit by a computer virus. The latest report from the 10-hospital system insists no patient or “associate” data were compromised.

MedStar Health's computers hit by virus in possible ransomware attack

By Joseph Conn  |  March 28, 2016

The virus hit MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and other facilities in the region. A hospital spokesperson said in a statement that the clinics are open and functioning but employees have been unable to log in to systems. The FBI is investigating the incident.

Two Calif. hospitals hit by ransomware attacks

By Aurora Aguilar  |  March 26, 2016

The networks of two Prime Healthcare Services hospitals in Southern California were hit by “ransomware,” but a system spokesman said patient records weren't compromised.

Wider HIPAA audits may drive stronger vendor contracts

Wider HIPAA audits may drive stronger vendor contracts

By Joseph Conn  |  March 23, 2016

The feds appear to be preparing to clamp down on the sometimes porous flow of patient data handled by vendors of healthcare organizations, which has exploded with the growth of EHRs, analytics and mobile devices in healthcare.

Healthcare underspends on cybersecurity as attacks accelerate

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 03, 2016

Healthcare providers average less than 6% of their IT budgets on security. Meanwhile, the number of attacks on the industry has increased 125% over five years and personal health information is 50 times more valuable on the black market than financial information.

Cybersecurity rising as health IT concern

By Joseph Conn  |  February 27, 2016

Fresh off the worst year in history for healthcare data breaches, many healthcare organizations will be putting more resources into protecting their data, according to Modern Healthcare's 26th annual Survey of Executive Opinions on Key Information Technology Issues.

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