With more than 220 major health information breaches reported to federal authorities so far under the HITECH Act requirements, healthcare organizations are looking for effective strategies to prevent breaches and avoid headlines. One critical element to any breach prevention strategy is beefing up network...
"With the right people, process and technology, you could be able to put a system together that would greatly reduce the impact these types of attacks have," says cybersecurity expert Eric Cole, a SANS Institute faculty fellow.
About 400,000 Puerto Ricans enrolled in the government's health insurance plan for the impoverished have potentially been affected by a breach incident involving unauthorized access to an Internet database.
There was good news and bad news in the past month about the official federal tally of major health information breaches. While only six new incidents were added in the past month, one of those cases affected more than 280,000 individuals.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken steps to help ensure thumb drives lacking encryption cannot be plugged into its computers. The move comes following the discovery of an unencrypted drive containing personal information on veterans.
A Florida hospital is notifying approximately 40,000 of its emergency room patients about a breach incident involving stolen paper records that it believes might have affected about 1,500 of those patients.