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Experts divided on new head of privacy division at HHS

Experts divided on new head of privacy division at HHS

By Joseph Conn  |  June 26, 2015

Deven McGraw has been named deputy director of the health information privacy division of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS. McGraw will lead OCR's policy and enforcement on HIPAA. Some hail this move, while others worry about her stance on privacy issues and a perceived "pro-business" slant.

Indiana health IT software firm hacked

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 11, 2015

Medical Informatics Engineering, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based maker of Web-based health information-technology software, said Wednesday it was the victim of a sophisticated cyber attack that exposed the protected health information of an unknown number of patients.

Experts: Hacks on federal worker data likely linked to China

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 05, 2015

Cybersecurity experts say it's likely the same Chinese hackers who recently breached the records of at least 4 million government workers were also responsible for the cyberattacks against insurers Anthem, Premera and CareFirst.

CareFirst data hoarding widened breach's impact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

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.

Data Points for May 25, 2015

Data Points for May 25, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

Data Points for the week of May 25, 2015, covered the following topics: Paying physicians based on quality, infections from contaminated duodenoscopes, nursing home quality ratings, TV ads for children for poor quality food

Experts urge swift call for help to investigate data breaches

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2015

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.

Insurer CareFirst says 1.1 million affected in cyberattack

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 20, 2015

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.

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