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Equifax breach exposes healthcare vendor vulnerabilities

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 12, 2017

The data security breach at Equifax is a cautionary note to hospitals and payers to watch out for vendor vulnerabilities. Equifax is the financial verification vendor for the exchange marketplaces.

Data Points: Healthcare data breaches

Data Points: Healthcare data breaches

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

The frequency and scope of data breaches--from cyberattacks to simple theft and loss--has grown along with the exploding volume of digitized information in healthcare delivery and financial transactions.

Vital Signs: How America's youth is key to fixing the sad state of cybersecurity

Vital Signs: How America's youth is key to fixing the sad state of cybersecurity

By Joseph Conn  |  January 20, 2017

In 2016, there were 106 major healthcare data breaches attributed to hackers. Those breaches exposed 13.5 million individuals' records. The average cost to a healthcare organization for loss of a single record was $402. Doing the math, that's $2.8 billion spent on those hacking incidents alone.

The 2016 Year in Review: Information technology

The 2016 Year in Review: Information technology

By Joseph Conn  |  December 17, 2016

Cyber-insecurity mounted in 2016 as a series of high-profile attacks signaled the dark side of the federal government's huge push to provide every American with an electronic health record.

Could blockchain help cure health IT's security woes?

Could blockchain help cure health IT's security woes?

By Joseph Conn  |  November 05, 2016

The encryption-enabled data exchange system holds great promise in simplifying an array of healthcare data transactions on both the business and clinical sides of healthcare—from claims adjudication to precision medicine.

Athenahealth, Allscripts websites down amid nationwide hack

Athenahealth, Allscripts websites down amid nationwide hack

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 21, 2016

The websites of EHR software providers Athenahealth and Allscripts were down for some parts of the country Friday during the same time hackers launched an attack against the servers of Dyn, a major Domain Name System host.

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