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Blog: ONC guide offers narrow view of privacy, security rules

By Joseph Conn  |  May 06, 2015

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.

Insurers face tougher oversight on protecting data

By Bob Herman  |  April 25, 2015

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.

Big data hacks prompt providers to up security spending

By Joseph Conn  |  April 11, 2015

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...

HITrust to launch empirical study of cyberthreats

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 06, 2015

The Health Information Trust Alliance is launching a new study that it hopes will fill a major void in the healthcare IT sector: the lack of empirical data on targeted cyberthreats.

Premera faces class-action suit over massive data breach

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 27, 2015

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.

Clinical data hack could haunt Premera customers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 21, 2015

The cyberattack against Premera Blue Cross disclosed last week affects significantly fewer people than the Anthem hack revealed last month. But the hacked Premera data could have greater value and cause more damage to customers.

Cyberattack exposes data of 11 million Premera Blue Cross members

By Adam Rubenfire and Joseph Conn  |  March 17, 2015

Premera Blue Cross, a health plan in the Pacific Northwest, was hit with the second-biggest cyberattack in healthcare industry history, exposing the personal, financial and medical information of more than 11 million customers.

HIMSS show will spotlight interoperability solutions

By Joseph Conn  |  March 07, 2015

Interoperability, cybercrime and George W. Bush, the first presidential patron of health information technology, will be the three biggest draws at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention, running April 12-16 in Chicago.

Data breaches can lead to major medical identity theft issues

By Darius Tahir and Bob Herman  |  March 04, 2015

Healthcare data breaches could potentially lead to medical identity theft, which poses serious problems for consumers. But patients don't yet seem concerned enough to demand better data security.

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