The addition of the Anthem Inc. hacking incident to the federal tally of major health data breaches triples the number of breach victims tracked since 2009. And the tally likely will soon include more hacking incidents, based on recent reports.
As the next wave of medical school graduates begins clinical training at healthcare organization across the U.S., it's critical these new clinicians be prepared to protect patient privacy, says healthcare attorney and professor Julie Agris.
Massive breaches, such as the recent hacker attack on health insurer Anthem, highlight why it's important for organizations to understand their breach notification obligations under state laws as well as HIPAA, says attorney Brad Rostolsky.
A recent incident involving disposed in a vendor's dumpster is an example of why healthcare organizations say business associates taking inadequate security steps ranks as their No. 1 perceived breach threat today.
As the number of major health data breaches continues to climb, federal regulators are taking steps to make the process of reporting breaches using online tools more efficient, hoping that will help ease the launching of investigations.
The inappropriate use and disclosure of patient information for marketing purposes by an insurer in Tennessee offers a reminder of the importance of complying with HIPAA's marketing-related provisions.
Preliminary results of the fourth annual Healthcare Information Security Today survey indicate that information security leaders have big concerns about their business associates. There's still time left to participate in the study.
As healthcare organizations step up their efforts this year to exchange more patient data with others to improve care, it's urgent that they address the "significant risks" involved, says Erik Devine, chief security officer at an Illinois hospital.
After the complete collapse of network security at Sony Pictures - in the wake of its data breach - it's important that we highlight some of the organization's fundamental security mistakes. Here's a macro view of the lessons we must all learn.
In the wake of a data breach that followed a routine regulatory, a former regulator is asking why the agency failed to disclose the breach sooner, and why it has not accepted more responsibility for its error.
Federal regulators are sending a powerful message about the importance of applying software patches by slapping an Alaska mental health services providers with a $150,000 HIPAA sanction. Learn what's included in the corrective action plan.
Lawmakers and their staffs are working behind the scenes to get one or perhaps two pieces of cybersecurity legislation enacted before the 113th Congress adjourns this month. But passage remains a longshot.
An ongoing legal dispute between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and its former contractor, Xerox, has led the state agency to report a breach it claims affected 2 million individuals. Learn what both sides have to say about the case.