Ponemon survey finds only 'baby steps' in health data security

By Joseph Conn  |  May 12, 2016

There's been no giant leap forward in terms of tightening data security, according to a new study. Healthcare organizations and the business associates they hire to install systems and devices that collect patient data are both pointing fingers when asked who's at fault for breaches.

Postcard triggers Ohio mental-health privacy mea culpa

By Joseph Conn  |  May 11, 2016

Ohio health officials are notifying 59,000 state residents that they were inadvertently identified as behavioral-health patients in mailed correspondence, resulting in a breach of protected health information.

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.

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