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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.

Subpoena demands release of audit showing Anthem's cybersecurity lapses

Subpoena demands release of audit showing Anthem's cybersecurity lapses

By Bob Herman  |  October 28, 2016

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem are demanding the federal government turn over documents that allegedly show Anthem knew its information technology security was heavily flawed ahead of its vast data breach last year.

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.

HHS investigating possible data breach, and other briefs

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 08, 2016

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy sent an email last week to members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps warning them that unauthenticated visitors to a computer site could have accessed their names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Investigators are still trying to...

U.S. surgeon general warns of possible computer breach

By Associated Press  |  October 07, 2016

HHS is investigating a possible breach of a computer system holding personal information of more than 6,700 doctors, nurses and other uniformed public health workers overseen by the surgeon general.

Care New England pays $400,000 for lack of current HIPAA agreement

By Joseph Conn  |  September 26, 2016

Four-hospital Care New England Health System, based in Providence, R.I., has agreed to pay $400,000 and write a corrective action plan after a federal investigation found it lacked an up-to-date business associate's agreement between it and one of its hospitals.

GAO slams HHS in health IT cybersecurity report

By Joseph Conn  |  September 26, 2016

The GAO has released what's being called a "scathing" report on cybersecurity readiness and threats in health IT. The agency says HHS' investigations often result in technical advice that is not pertinent and that the agency doesn't always follow up to ensure corrective actions have been taken.

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

By Erica Teichert  |  August 13, 2016

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—the law the federal government uses to police the privacy and security of the nation's health information—is turning 20, and some people may wonder if it's up to the job in 2016 and beyond.

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