Tips to shorten healthcare's cybersecurity learning curve
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by AFox
2d ago
Healthcare organizations are paying much more attention to cybersecurity in recent months, especially after Change Healthcare experienced a ransomware attack that debilitated its systems and disrupted claims payments nationwide, and as Ascension has been digging out from its own cyber event for weeks. Clearly, for organizations large and small, the cybersecurity learning curve remains challenging – even as the threats become more sophisticated and insidious. For instance, advances in persistent threat attack vectors have made nearly all endpoint detection and response systems v ..read more
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Can cyberattack response be handled with minimal disruption?
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by jfinison
3d ago
Enterprise Taxonomy:  Node settings:  Exclude from Accelerate RSS feed ..read more
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Ascension confirms data breached in Black Basta ransomware attack
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by mmiliard
3d ago
As Ascension continues to work toward network-wide restoration of its electronic health record, the 19-state health system this week confirmed that the May 8 ransomware attack that debilitated its IT systems also may have exposed protected health information and personally identifiable information for some patients. WHY IT MATTERS The provider organization, one of the largest health systems in the country, said Wednesday that PHI and PII "for certain individuals" was contained in folders on seven of its 25,000 servers. While the compromised servers were part of daily routine operations, there ..read more
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With Microsoft and Google, White House offers cybersecurity tools for rural hospitals
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by mmiliard
3d ago
As part of its recent efforts to bolster cybersecurity resilience across critical sectors nationwide, the White House this week announced a new initiative that enlists the private sector to help small and rural hospitals that are especially vulnerable to cyberattacks. WHY IT MATTERS The Biden Administration, working alongside the American Hospital Association and the National Rural Health Association, says it has gotten Google and Microsoft to each offer free and low-cost tools and services for independent critical access and rural emergency hospitals. "Cyber-attacks against the U.S. healthca ..read more
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DirectTrust partners with DTA on new accreditation program
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by mmiliard
1w ago
DirectTrust and the Digital Therapeutics Alliance announced this week that they'll work together on an accreditation program designed to test the efficacy and security of digital-therapeutic apps and platforms. WHY IT MATTERS Together, two groups will partner up to establish an assessment regimen that will build on existing DirectTrust programs that provide independent assessment of health apps for safety and transparency, privacy protections, compliance with interoperability regs and best practices, and more, according to DTA, which is holding its annual summit this week. The aim is to "esta ..read more
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Powering the smart hospital of tomorrow
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by jfinison
1w ago
From TVs to home air conditioning systems, consumers clamor for “smart” technologies that integrate seamlessly with their daily lives. The ones that make life easier and better get their attention. A similar return on investment is increasingly important for providers and patients in the healthcare industry. A significant number of hospitals have already begun the journey to becoming a smart hospital, and this number is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years. Modernizing healthcare facility infrastructure delivers numerous benefits. Opportunities in the industry Current indust ..read more
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HubSpot announces HIPAA-compliant tools in public beta
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by AFox
1w ago
Healthcare companies and providers can now store HIPAA-protected data in the HubSpot customer relationship management platform to automate workflows, connect teams with closed-loop reporting and create campaigns with personalized information, the company said Tuesday. WHY IT MATTERS Support for storing sensitive data in HubSpot is now available globally with HIPAA-compliant tools available in public beta. Enterprise customers can enable these features in their Privacy & Consent settings, the company said in an announcement. Since HubSpot was not previously HIPAA compliant as a standalone ..read more
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13 cybersecurity recommendations for government, hospitals
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by AFox
1w ago
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies offered strong recommendations for the executive branch, Congress and the healthcare ecosystem to address the high level of cybersecurity crime against the healthcare sector. The new report stresses increasing third-party managed IT services, even part of the time, by under-resourced provider organizations, and enhancing employee cyber hygiene training, but most of FDD's recommendations were levied at the government. "The health and welfare of the American people depend on it," the authors said in the new report. WHY IT MATTERS FDD provided an ov ..read more
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Trend Micro partners with Nvidia on AI-driven cybersecurity
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by AFox
1w ago
Trend Micro is showcasing new cybersecurity tools that run on Nvidia's chips at the Computex conference this week, according to Reuters. WHY IT MATTERS Healthcare organizations are using AI to ease documentation burdens across groups, and may pull data from across their networks – including electronic health records – into one place that hackers may target in their efforts to breach, ransom and sell healthcare data. "They work their way into the enterprise and they find this massive honeypot of information," Kevin Simzer, Trend Micro chief operating officer told Reuters. Simzer also told the ..read more
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Change Healthcare has responsibility to notify patients of data breach, says OCR
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by AFox
1w ago
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights updated its Change Healthcare cybersecurity incident frequently asked questions page on Friday to address questions the agency has received asking which entities are responsible for performing breach notification to HHS, affected individuals and where applicable, the media.  WHY IT MATTERS Published on April 19, the FAQ addresses HIPAA rules as it relates to the February 9 cybersecurity incident impacting Change Healthcare, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, which had a widespread impact on healthcar ..read more
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