Diabetic patients who used a Medtronic smartphone app for managing insulin levels are being told that Google may have collected certain personal information through the sign-in infrastructure. The disclosure comes amid a wave of healthcare providers reassessing their use of third-party tools.
Healthcare entities need to think more strategically about managing risk by implementing a robust cybersecurity framework such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology's CSF, said Bob Bastani, cybersecurity adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services.
A top HIPAA-enforcement priority for regulators is cracking down on entities that disclose patient information to third parties without permission through the use of website tracking codes, says Melanie Fontes Rainer, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
The potential use cases for generative AI technology in healthcare appear limitless, but they're weighted with an array of potential privacy, security and HIPAA regulatory issues, says privacy attorney Adam Greene of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.
Vendors should be more transparent and faster in communicating when they experience a breach or other security incident that affect clients' data, says Anahi Santiago, CISO at ChristianaCare. "Sometimes we find out about these incidents through our third-party monitoring systems," she said.
Effective security governance in a healthcare entity is a balancing act that requires sponsorship by top leadership and careful consideration of the concerns of clinicians and others in the organization, according to Eric Liederman and deputy CISO Steven Frank of Kaiser Permanente.
An online alcohol abuse counseling service is notifying about 109,000 clients of a data breach involving the company's prior use of tracking tools on its websites dating back to 2017. The breach affects members of Monument Inc. and Tempest, a counseling service acquired in May 2022.
Federal regulators have issued proposed changes to the HIPAA privacy rule aimed at protecting reproductive healthcare information from disclosures or uses involving law enforcement and related purposes in the wake of the Supreme Court last year overturning Roe v. Wade.
Federal regulators have issued new rules aimed at securing certified healthcare software, helping patients decide which records to keep private, and protecting data used by AI and predictive tools. The 556-page proposed rule seeks to promote innovation and data sharing while tightening security.
Regulators are scrutinizing the use of website tracking codes and analytics such as Meta Pixel and Google Analytics. Health entities must carefully assess how those tools are being used on their health-related websites, say privacy attorneys Cory Brennan of Taft and Mark Swearingen of Hall Render.
A former U.S. Army physician set to go to trial next month in a case alleging a scheme to provide military medical records to the Russian government contends they will not get a fair trial unless they are tried separately from their alleged co-conspirator spouse.
A Florida-based community healthcare system has begun notifying about 20,000 individuals whose information was compromised in a data security incident that prompted the organization to operate under its IT downtime procedures, including diverting some emergency patients, for two weeks in February.
Three healthcare organizations joined the list of entities treating past use of tracking technologies in patient websites as a data breach reportable to federal authorities. The entities admitting such incidents are New York-Presbyterian Hospital, UC San Diego Health and Brooks Rehabilitation.
Creating a culture of cybersecurity across a healthcare enterprise can be challenging, but it’s critical to patient safety. The days of leaving cybersecurity solely on the shoulders of IT departments are long gone as purchasing decisions get made by department heads across the organization, many of which include...
The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority - the online health insurance marketplace servicing Washington, D.C., residents and congressional staff - is facing two proposed class action lawsuits in the aftermath of a hack that affected more than 56,400 individuals, including members of Congress.