The National Association of Attorneys General is urging Congress to drop the "cumbersome, out-of-date privacy rules" contained in federal regulations on substance abuse and instead apply the "effective and more familiar" HIPAA Privacy Rule to help address the opioid crisis by easing the sharing of data.
Australia's fair trading regulator says it's seeking penalties against HealthEngine, an online platform for booking medical appointments, for allegedly selling patient details to private health insurance brokers without disclosure and embellishing patient reviews of healthcare providers.
It's been more than two months since lab companies began revealing they had patient data exposed in a data breach at American Medical Collection Agency. But new victim organizations are continuing to emerge, bringing the total to about 18.
More lawsuits have been filed in the wake of the Capital One breach that exposed the data of more than 100 million individuals. GitHub is also a target of one of those lawsuits, which alleges the code-sharing site failed to promptly remove breached data.
Several large breaches involving hacking/IT incidents, including ransomware attacks, have been added in recent weeks to the federal tally of major health data breaches. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the root causes of the Capital One data breach. Also featured: breach remediation advice and compliance with New York's new third-party risk management requirements.
DirectTrust's new effort to develop a standard for instant messaging in healthcare could potentially help providers securely communicate in real time over multiple platforms, says Scott Stuewe, the nonprofit alliance's president and CEO.
Through hundreds of millions of selfies, the small Russian company behind FaceApp has likely created one of the largest private troves of geometric and facial landmark data - on the scale of Google and Facebook. The viral app has turned into an intellectual property boon.
Cisco has agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the networking company sold video surveillance software to local, state and federal agencies over a six-year period that contained serious security vulnerabilities.
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval for a $74 million settlement of a consolidated class action lawsuit against health insurer Premera Blue Cross stemming from a 2014 data breach that affected 11 million individuals. More money will go to security enhancements than to victim reimbursement.
DirectTrust, - known for creating and maintaining the Direct protocol and trust framework for secure email in healthcare - has kicked off a new initiative to develop industry standards for secure real-time instant messaging. What are the potential benefits?
A medical center and a children's hospital in Puerto Rico are victims of a recent ransomware attack impacting a total of more than a half million individuals. The combined incident is the largest ransomware breach reported to federal regulators so far in 2019. How is this threat evolving?
Dentist Carl Bilancione is a survivor in more ways than one, including surviving a recent ransomware attack on the accounting software of his small Florida practice. What should other small entities should learn from these seemingly random attacks?