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.
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.
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.
Health IT systems are becoming more like Christmas trees powered by the internet of things and a drive to connect patients to their medical data through mobile devices, apps and portals.
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.
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.
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.
A file-sharing application on a server had a default setting that allowed Google, other search engines and “anyone with an internet connection" access to them, according to a statement from the Office for Civil Rights at HHS.
Medical-device manufacturer St. Jude Medical has announced it will form an advisory board to address cybersecurity concerns following claims from short-sellers that its pacemakers and other devices are vulnerable to hacks.
About 87% of health law attorneys think their clients are at a greater risk of cybersecurity attacks than other industries, according to a survey released Thursday by the American Health Lawyers Association, a nonpartisan organization with 13,500 members.
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...
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.