A group tasked with improving cybersecurity will have a tough time assuaging a fearful and targeted healthcare industry whose frontline defenders are often unwilling to talk about their experiences.
The personal health information of about 1,000 patients at health centers in Palm Beach County, Fla., has been compromised.
Cybersecurity agencies in the U.S. and Canada have issued an alert about the growing number of ransomware attacks affecting healthcare organizations. In the past month, five have reported being hit by computer viruses.
Late last week, MedStar Health was still trying to return to normal, five days after its health information technology systems were hit by a computer virus.
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.
It's been more than a year since health insurer Anthem disclosed a historically large data breach, yet almost nothing further is known about its causes, costs and ramifications.
A cyberattack that paralyzed the hospital chain MedStar this week is serving as a fresh reminder of vulnerabilities in systems that protect sensitive patient information.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.