A New Hampshire radiology practice is notifying more than 230,000 patients that they may have been affected by a healthcare information breach incident involving hackers using a server to gain bandwidth to play a video game.
Expanding use of secure messaging as well as remote access to information systems are key 2011 IT priorities for Shriners Hospitals for Children, says Bill Bria, M.D., chief medical information officer.
Fraud attempts will escalate, not diminish, as new threats and channels blossom in 2011. Growth in mobile banking and the use of social networks are expected to pose new security challenges, experts say.
Geisinger Health System has notified about 3,000 patients about a breach incident in which a physician inappropriately e-mailed unencrypted health information from his work computer to his home computer.
With more than 220 major health information breaches reported to federal authorities so far under the HITECH Act requirements, healthcare organizations are looking for effective strategies to prevent breaches and avoid headlines. One critical element to any breach prevention strategy is beefing up network...
"With the right people, process and technology, you could be able to put a system together that would greatly reduce the impact these types of attacks have," says cybersecurity expert Eric Cole, a SANS Institute faculty fellow.