Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:28

4 Cyber Issues for Hospitals

In recent years, many hospitals and health systems have been affected by a data breach. According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, 94 percent of organizations surveyed experienced at least one data breach in the previous two years. Forty-five percent of organizations experienced more than five data breaches in the past two years.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:27

6 Scariest Issues in Healthcare Right Now

With Halloween coming up, we at Becker's Hospital Review thought it seemed as good a time as any to recap some of the most frightening and concerning issues in healthcare. Here are six of the scariest issues in healthcare right now. These events and trends have made their fair share of headlines in recent weeks and continue to alarm hospital and health system executives.
Published in Practice Management
New York City-based Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center had clinical data and private information, in some cases Social Security numbers, mistakenly leaked onto two medical professional organizations' websites earlier this year, according to a Long Island Press report.
Boston Children's Hospital has announced a data breach that potentially affects more than 2,000 patients, according to a Boston Globe report.
Approximately 228,435 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries where victim to a security breach when former South Carolina HHS employee, Christopher Lykes Jr., allegedly transferred personal information to his email account, according to a CMIO report.
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, N.Y., has announced approximately 100 patients from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., were victimized by an identity theft ring.
Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Fla., has announced that 9,500 patients may have been victim to a data breach, according to a Miami Herald report.
An increased focus on HIPAA compliance has not brought better data security to the healthcare industry, according to the "2012 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data" report by Kroll Advisory Solutions, a risk mitigation and response company.
On April 10, 2012, The Utah Department of Technology Services and the Utah Department of Health announced the total number of individuals affected by the breach had grown. They reported 280,000 individuals had their Social Security numbers stolen from a computer server in a data breach last week. Additionally, around 500,000 individuals had less-sensitive personal information stolen.

The Utah Department of Health has announced that a data breach, which occurred last week, has affected 181,604 Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan recipients, a larger impact than originally believed.

Washington, D.C.’s Howard University Hospital has announced a potential disclosure of protected health information, including Social Security numbers, for 34,503 patients.

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