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Delta Dental of Arizona Reports July 2019 Phishing Attack-Related Breach

November 14, 2019

Hmmm. Most significant data breaches in medicine and dentistry are not individual dentists but medical and dental plans. From Health IT Security: Delta Dental of Arizona is notifying an undisclosed number of individuals that their personal and medical data was potentially breached by a phishing attack in July.On July 8, the dental insurer discovered suspicious […]

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Leave Windows 7

October 21, 2019

From  Dentrix Magazine: If you haven’t upgraded your network operating system, your patient data is at risk. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and 2008 R2… Unsupported OS Increases Risk Running unsupported operating systems is a data security risk that leaves your office network more vulnerable to […]

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Google Has My Dead Grandpa’s Data And He Never Used The Internet

September 17, 2019

It turns out Google has info connecting me to my grandma (on my dad’s side) who’s alive and well but has never had the internet, and my grandpa (on my mom’s side), who recently passed away in March 2019 and also never had the internet. … my grandpa and my grandma’s name and address, respectively. […]

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Ransomware, phishing attacks target dentists

September 5, 2019

From ADA News: An estimated 432 dental practices were impacted Aug. 26 in a ransomware attack against DDS Safe, a service from The Digital Dental Record, a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Dental Association that provides IT products and services to dentists. DDS Safe is a system that facilitates secure data backups for dental practice computer […]

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Hackers demand more than $1M in bitcoin from Washington hospital

August 29, 2019

From Becker’s: The hackers likely gained access to the hospital’s information systems through a phishing email attempt, which allowed the unauthorized party to infect the system with ransomware, Grays Harbor Community Hospital CEO Tom Jensen told Daily World. For the ransom, the hackers demanded the equivalent to $1 million in bitcoin, Source: Hackers demand more […]

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Advances In Artificial Intelligence Threaten Safety, Privacy Of Our Health Data

August 15, 2019

From Study Finds: Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley say their findings show the regulations written within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 may be outdated and are incapable of keeping Americans’ health data safe and private with the progress made by AI developers… …They say that AI can now use […]

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New Medicare initiative aims to fill holes in patient health records

August 12, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday unveiled a new initiative that aims to connect the dots between a patient’s health records held by different providers. The Data at the Point of Care, or DPC, demonstration seeks to bridge the data gap by connecting Medicare’s Blue Button — a tool that allows Medicare […]

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Healthcare breaches reported in May exposed data on 2 million people

August 1, 2019

From Modern Healthcare: Nearly 2 million people had data exposed in healthcare breaches reported to the federal government last month, more than double the number whose data was exposed in April-reported incidents.But May had fewer breaches reported than April, which marked the highest number of healthcare breaches reported in a single month since HHS’ Office […]

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Alexa and HIPAA

July 30, 2019

From Los Angeles Times: She told me the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, aka HIPAA, the federal medical-privacy law passed in 1996, never anticipated a scenario in which people would willingly disclose confidential medical information to a private company via a voice-activated computer in their living room. “HIPAA doesn’t apply to Amazon in this situation,” […]

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HIPAA Compliant Email | PBHS SecureMail | Secure Email Service | HIPAA Compliant Email for Dental & Healthcare Providers

July 25, 2019

Endorsed by ADA Member Advantage: PBHS offers a HIPAA compliant email solution for dental & healthcare organizations to send secure messages that comply with HIPAA. Call ☎ 855-932-4232. Source: HIPAA Compliant Email | PBHS SecureMail | Secure Email Service | HIPAA Compliant Email for Dental & Healthcare Providers Secure Drop™ is a drag and drop, […]

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Vancouver, Longview dental offices hit by malware

July 22, 2019

From The Columbian: Widespread malicious software attacks locking up computer systems have forced some local dental offices to cancel or reschedule appointments over the last week. The July 3 attacks affected customers of PM Consultants, a Portland-area IT consulting and support company, including Lower Columbia Oral Health. Arbor Dental in Longview and Vancouver and Longview Family […]

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House votes to lift ban on federal funding for unique patient identifier

July 15, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: Although HIPAA initially required the creation of a health identifier in 1998, Congress overruled the legislation, barring federal agencies from investigating or creating patient identifiers out of privacy concerns.The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) voiced its support for efforts in Congress to repeal an “archaic ban that has stifled innovation and industry progress for […]

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UChicago SUED for providing Google with sensitive patient data

July 8, 2019

From Campus Reform: A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is giving private patient information to the tech giant without patients’ consent. About two years ago, the university medical center partnered with Google with the hope […]

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New bill to plug up HIPAA app gaps

July 2, 2019

From POLITICO: PRIVACY BILL PICKS UP WHAT HIPAA LEAVES OUT—Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are collaborating on a bill that would direct HHS Secretary Alex Azar to come up with regulations for health technology, including for apps, wearables and direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The bill directs HHS to consult with the FTC and the […]

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Don’t Trust Libra, Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

June 27, 2019

From The Atlantic: Facebook, one of the world’s most distrusted companies, wants us to trust its new Libra cryptocurrency, which, it hopes, will be used by billions of people around the world. We shouldn’t. Libra will almost exactly replicate all the problems generated by Facebook’s social network. Those problems can in turn be traced to the […]

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Protect Your Office from Ransomware

June 24, 2019

From the ADA Center for Professional Success: Because ransomware is designed to deny access to data, there could be HIPAA implications for a dentist office that falls victim to it.There are multiple defenses against ransomware. Training your staff on basic data security can help reduce the chances of your staff being susceptible to attacks that will […]

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Government and health care sectors had most breaches in 2018

June 18, 2019

From Roll Call: The health care sector suffered 466 incidents of cyberattacks and 304 instances of confirmed data breach, Verizon found. …A majority of those incidents and breaches stemmed from “internal actors” or health care employees misusing their user privileges to access databases they should not be accessing, Verizon said in its report. “Effectively monitoring […]

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Risky Business

June 11, 2019

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HHS guidance clarifies HIPAA liability with use of 3rd-party health apps

June 4, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: The Trump administration is pushing the healthcare industry to be a part of the smartphone economy, but there has been some confusion about whether healthcare providers and their health IT vendors would be held accountable for how patients use their health data. To address this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of […]

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Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

May 20, 2019

From VICE: It’s yet another example of how in the modern era, you increasingly don’t actually own the things you’ve spent your hard-earned money on. …“Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.” Source: Adobe Tells Users They Can […]

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