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Ransomware

March 18, 2019
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HHS Collected Record $28M For HIPAA Violations Last Year.

March 4, 2019

From ADA News: Modern Healthcare reported HHS said last week that it “collected a record $28.7 million from healthcare providers and insurers in 2018 for inadequate responses to data breaches.” This figure exceeds the total of $23.5 million for 2017. Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino said, “Our record year underscores the need for covered […]

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Aetna, Anthem, IBM Announce Healthcare Blockchain Collaborative

February 28, 2019

From Health IT Analytics: Blockchain technology could reduce administrative errors and ensure the efficient exchange of health information, which would lead to improved patient outcomes and lower care costs. Although there have been multiple initiatives to digitize health information, significant advancements are still necessary, and these organizations will seek to move the industry forward.“This alliance […]

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ADA comments on agency’s request to modify HIPAA rules

February 21, 2019

From ADA News: Washington — The ADA is asking the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to incorporate flexibility and keep processes simple to help dental offices remain HIPAA compliant. Source: ADA comments on agency’s request to modify HIPAA rules Hmmm

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HHS Releases Voluntary Healthcare Cybersecurity Practices

January 22, 2019

From Healthcare Informatics Magazine : In late December, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released voluntary cybersecurity practices to the healthcare industry with the aim of providing practice guidelines to cost-effectively reduce cybersecurity risks. …The HICP publication aims to provide cybersecurity practices for this vast, diverse, and open sector to ultimately improve the security […]

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Apple has a message for Amazon and Google and it’s plastered on the side of a hotel at the biggest tech conference of the year

January 8, 2019

The message, which takes up about 13 floors of building, says : “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone” with the URL to Apple’s privacy website. Source: Apple has a huge privacy ad at CES 2019 Hmmm 🙂

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Anonymous patient data may not be as private as previously thought

January 3, 2019

From Reuters: “The study shows that machine learning can successfully re-identify the de-identified physical activity data of a large percentage of individuals, and this indicates that our current practices for de-identifying physical activity data are insufficient for privacy,” said study coauthor Anil Aswani of the University of California, Berkeley. “More broadly it suggests that other types […]

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Biggest data breaches of 2018

December 27, 2018

From Business Insider: One of the latest victims was Marriott hotels, which recently revealed that hackers had accessed the information of an estimated 500 million customers. …Some of the biggest victims in 2018 include T-Mobile, Quora, Google, and Orbitz. Facebook dealt with a slew of major breaches and incidents that affected more than 100 million users […]

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Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches

December 10, 2018

From Reuters: But the top cause of data breaches, accounting for 42 percent of cases and 472 incidents, was theft of equipment or information by unknown outsiders or by current or former employees, the study found. Source: Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches | Reuters This confirms my research. We worry about […]

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Who owns the Data??? Dentist denied access to patient Data Base

December 10, 2018

Key Dental received a notification from its EMR vendor MOGO that it would not return the dental group’s EMR database as required at the termination of its end user license agreement. It violates both the EULA and several portions of HIPAA. As Key Dental can no longer view or monitor the database to ensure the […]

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The Creepy Line – Documentary

November 29, 2018

Very interesting documentary, worth your time. Many of the things discussed in the movie are disturbing. There is strong evidence Google and Facebook are not just gathering and exploiting your personal information they are manipulating you as well. I am not sure I buy into everything, never the less there is certainly some truth to […]

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Using Airport and Hotel Wi-Fi Is Much Safer Than It Used to Be

November 26, 2018

Good News From WIRED: AS YOU TRAVEL this holiday season, bouncing from airport to airplane to hotel, you’ll likely find yourself facing a familiar quandary: Do I really trust this random public Wi-Fi network? As recently as a couple of years ago, the answer was almost certainly a resounding no. But in the year of […]

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FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking

November 6, 2018

From Health and Human Services (HHS) According to the report, the FDA had not adequately assessed the risk that cybersecurity in medical devices can pose, which is what led to these weaknesses. Source: FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking, HHS report says Digital diagnostics linked to smart phones, smart medical devices, and […]

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Anthem to pay $16 million to OCR in HIPAA settlement

October 30, 2018

From ADA News: Anthem has agreed to pay the Office of Civil Rights $16 million dollars to settle potential HIPAA violations after cyberattacks on the company allegedly exposed the electronic protected health information of 79 million people. This is the largest HIPAA settlement in U.S. history, according to a press release from the Department of […]

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Health data breaches on the rise

October 23, 2018

From Reuters: While the largest number of data breaches occurred at health care providers’ sites – such as hospitals and physicians’ offices – it’s health care plans that account for the greatest number of patient records stolen over the past seven years, Source: Health data breaches on the rise | Reuters The linked article is a […]

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How to clear all unwanted emails from your inbox

October 22, 2018

From  Kim Komando: Unlike the popular choice to create a secondary email address for sign-ups or mandatory disclosures for exclusive offers, DEAs make it simple to receive the emails you want (and no more) straight to your primary inbox. There are a variety of options out there that provide this special service. Source: How to clear […]

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FDA launches medical device plan

October 18, 2018

From POLITICO: FDA expects this fall to update its cybersecurity guidance, which will describe how device manufacturers should build products hardened against cyber-borne attacks, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a wide-ranging speech on medical device regulations Source: FDA launches medical device plan – POLITICO The Internet of things, which includes smart medical devices, has amazing potential […]

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Here’s how to tell if your Facebook account was one of the 29 million hacked

October 16, 2018

From Mashable: Twenty-nine million Facebook users had their accounts accessed by hackers. This, as it sounds, is very bad. ..Whether or not you are one of the victims. Here’s how to check: First, while logged into your Facebook account, head on over to the Help Center and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll see one […]

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Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

October 8, 2018

From  WSJ: Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, responding to questions raised on Capitol Hill about privacy and potential misuse of the information contained in users’ emails. Source: Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts – WSJ […]

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Sunset for Windows 7 & Server 2008

October 2, 2018

From Advanced Automation Blog: Microsoft Windows will be ending extended support for Windows 2008 Server and Windows 7 desktop operating systems in January 2020. Since Windows will no longer provide security patches for these operating systems, HIPAA requires that this software be replaced or retired prior to the sunset date. You can use the section 179 […]

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