The FDA has warned Abbott that it must submit a plan within 15 days to address previously identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities and other potential safety issues in certain cardiac devices of St. Jude Medical, which Abbott Labs acquired in January.
In this edition of the ISMG Security Report: an analysis of a major fine against a Texas hospital and its implications for how the Trump administration might enforce HIPAA rules. Also, an IRS-related phishing scheme targets businesses.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 as one of the most significant pieces of healthcare-related legislation in U.S. history. Once viewed as a "paper tiger," it has taken many years for the full impact of HIPAA's data security provisions to be...
The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
The hack of health insurer Anthem exposes data on 80 million Americans. A breach of an electronic health records vendor affects dozens of clinics. A California hospital pays a ransom to get data decrypted by hackers. These and other headline-grabbing breaches are getting the attention of CEOs and boards of directors....
The HHS Office of Civil Rights is gearing up for round two of HIPAA compliance audits. What should security leaders expect, and how should they prepare? David Holtzman of CynergisTek and Geoff Bibby of Zix offer insights and advice.
Federal regulators have announced an $850,000 HIPAA settlement with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center stemming from an investigation into the theft of a laptop that was used to operate a medical device.
LabMD's recent victory in its long legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission will be short-lived, the medical testing lab's CEO predicts. Find out why, and what changes Michael Daugherty hopes the case will bring to FTC's enforcement practices.
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to more closely scrutinize federal regulators' oversight of the security controls that healthcare providers and business associates use to protect electronic patient information. It also will review FDA oversight of medical device cybersecurity.
In her first interview since joining the HHS Office for Civil Rights as deputy director of health information privacy, Deven McGraw describes plans to relaunch HIPAA compliance audits next year and outlines other priorities.
Federal regulators have slapped a Boston area hospital with a $218,000 HIPAA penalty after an investigation following two security incidents. Experts analyze the lessons that the settlement agreement offers.
Well-known health data privacy expert and federal adviser Deven McGraw is joining the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights as its new deputy director for health information privacy, heading its HIPAA enforcement efforts.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights' much-delayed resumption of its random HIPAA compliance audit program is expected in the coming months. So now is the time to prepare. This session will cover the highest priority tasks that should be started immediately if not already underway to help lay the groundwork for a...