Medical devices that are connected to hospital computer systems create vulnerabilities that can be difficult to manage.
Hancock Health paid a roughly $55,000 ransom to hackers from an "unidentified criminal group" to regain access to hospital computer systems. The network said it found no evidence that patient information was adversely affected.
Florida officials say hackers may have accessed the personal information and medical records of up to 30,000 Medicaid recipients two months ago.
21st Century Oncology, a cancer-care provider, has agreed to pay HHS $2.3 million to settle allegations that it didn't implement proper protocols to protect patient information from hackers.
More than 18,000 Henry Ford Health System patients' personal health information was viewed or stolen in early October by an unknown person or entity who hacked the Detroit-based health system's electronic health records.
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.
The announcement of the breach comes just over a month after Anthem reached the largest ever settlement in a data-breach case.
Unlike recent ranswomare attacks, the breach came from within the company.
Anthem has reached a $115 million deal to settle lawsuits over a 2015 data breach in which hackers stole personal information from 78.8 million employees and current and former members.
UNC Health Care has sent out a letter alerting its prenatal patients that their confidential medical information may have been shared with their home county by mistake.
Hackers held the Atlanta health system's patient appointments system for ransom, compromising tens of thousands of patients' sensitive personal information.
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.