Health insurer Premera Blue Cross has signed a $10 million HIPAA settlement with the attorneys general of 30 states in the wake of a 2014 data breach that exposed personal information on more than 10.4 million individuals nationwide.
In today's modern DevOps organizations, demonstrating security and compliance is still essential whether you are building in the cloud or on prem. As cloud infrastructure continues to evolve through the adoption of microservices and containers - demonstrating compliance becomes even more challenging.
When migrating systems, data and applications to the cloud, a critical security step is to involve compliance auditors in the process as early as possible, says Thien La, CISO at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
As part of healthcare's digital transformation, payers and providers alike have rolled out patient portals and telemedicine platforms to increase access to care, improve patient participation and decrease healthcare administrative costs.
How secure are these portals? What types of authentication protocols are used to...
A data breach at American Medical Collection Agency has affected nearly 12 million patients who had lab tests performed by Quest Diagnostics, exposing a wealth of information, including Social Security numbers.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has filed a lawsuit arguing that a $4.3 million HIPAA penalty levied against it last year by the Department of Health and Human Services following three data breaches was unlawful. What are the main arguments?
Guided by a "human-centered" principle, there is nothing more critical to Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC), than protecting and promoting the lives of those with developmental disabilities. That is why TCRC proactively secures Personal Health Information (PHI) to protect the people behind that information. Critical...
A ransomware attack last fall on a company that provides billing and other business services to health plans and hospitals resulted in a breach affecting more than 600,000 individuals, according to Michigan state officials. But what makes breach determination in ransomware attacks so difficult?
A misconfigured database at UW Medicine in Washington state that left patient data exposed on the internet for several weeks resulted in a breach affecting almost 1 million individuals. Why are breaches caused by such misconfigurations so common?
Among the hundreds of responses to a federal request for comments about potential changes to the HIPAA rules were suggestions for "safe harbors" that would shelter organizations with strong security strategies from HIPAA enforcement actions after a health data breach.
As the use of artificial intelligence tools and robotics continues to grow, it's crucial for organizations to assess the potential security risks posed, says attorney Stephen Wu, who reviews key issues in an interview.