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What Obama's SOTU mention of cyber threats means for healthcare

By Joseph Conn  |  January 20, 2015

Ten years ago, President George W. Bush briefly mentioned electronic health records in a State of the Union address and the federal government is now in the midst of a multibillion dollar effort to promote the technology. Can the same thing happen with cybersecurity?

Boston Children's Hospital settles over data breach

By Associated Press  |  December 22, 2014

Boston Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $40,000 and bolster its patient data security following a data breach that compromised the personal information of more than 2,100 patients.

Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data

By Associated Press  |  December 20, 2014

A major Chicago healthcare system has apologized to nearly 3,000 patients whose personal information was on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen in October.

Malware exposes patient records in Alaska

By Joseph Conn  |  December 09, 2014

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a potential federal health data security rule violation. The settlement comes after a malware incident that exposed identifiable information on 2,742 individuals, the Office for Civil Rights at HHS announced.

Coming in 2015: Even more healthcare data breaches

By Darius Tahir  |  December 01, 2014

Security professionals responsible for keeping healthcare companies secure from data breaches are going to have a busy year, according to the credit-scoring firm Experian.

Beth Israel Deaconess settles suit over data breach

By Joseph Conn  |  November 29, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to pay $100,000 and strengthen its data security policies to settle a state health information data breach complaint involving the medical and personal records of nearly 4,000 individuals exposed by the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer.

Beth Israel Deaconess settles state data breach suit for $100,000

By Joseph Conn  |  November 24, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to pay $100,000 and strengthen its data security policies to settle a state health information data breach complaint involving the medical and personal records of nearly 4,000 individuals exposed by the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer.

Data Points for Nov. 17, 2014

Data Points for Nov. 17, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 15, 2014

Data Points for the week of Nov. 17 2014, covered the following topics: VA, premature births, data breaches, Obamacare.

California AG: Healthcare breaches were preventable

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 30, 2014

Healthcare breaches accounted for 15% of all data breaches in California in 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the state's attorney general. Most were easily preventable, the report chides.

HHS contraceptive workaround isn't making either side happy

HHS contraceptive workaround isn't making either side happy

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 28, 2014

The controversy about how to provide contraception coverage to women employed by companies that hold religious objections to such coverage was evident in comments filed regarding a proposed HHS workaround that encompassed rules for such companies and for religious organizations. The comment period...

N.J. considers mandating encryption to protect health information

By WHYY (Philadelphia)  |  October 23, 2014

As data breaches at retailers become more common, New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would help protect personal health information. A bill proposed by Assemblyman Joe Lagana would require insurance carriers to encrypt computerized health records transmitted across public...

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