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Data breaches top 120 million since 2009 (US)

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”200″ /]“The medical industry is years and years behind other industries when it comes to security.”–Dave Kennedy, TrustedSEC CEO. We admire the Washington Post for arriving at the conclusion we did in 2010–that healthcare organizations are uniquely vulnerable to cyberattack because of the high value of patient data, and an often lighter level of HIT security. But now we get the finger wag that ‘it’s only going to get worse.’ (Beyond 120 million breached records?) Data security, of which HIPAA patient information protection is a part, wasn’t primary for years, especially in organizations overwhelmed with transitioning EHRs, getting... Continue Reading

A mélange of short subjects for Tuesday

ATA accredits American Well, Apple ResearchKit, diabetic contact lenses, Hackermania Falls on Indiana, patent trolls get a haircut, and more The ATA (American Telemedicine Association) has gained more than 200 applications for their US-only Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations [TTA 17 Dec 14]. First past the post in accreditation is American Well’s Amwell virtual visit app, which will shortly be listed on the ATA consumer website Release, MedCityNews….Stanford University, one of the five academic centers using the Apple ResearchKit, had a mind-boggling 11,000 signups for a heart health study–in 24 hours. The downside is that they may not... Continue Reading

23andMe’s FDA coup hazardous to personal DNA data security?

...than the details of our life circumstances”. Hackermania’s Running Wild with AnthemHealth-sized data breaches [TTA 11 Feb], and unlike credit cards and SSIs, your DNA doesn’t change–once it is public, it’s never private again. Vivek Wadhwa of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University argues the case in VentureBeat. Also FierceHealthIT. Gizmodo in ‘How Private Is Your DNA’ nearly three years ago exposed the awful truth–that states have no laws in place, and that while DNA gathered for research is largely anonymized, what can... Continue Reading

Hackermania running wild, 2015 edition

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”300″ /] Do we need the Hulkster Running Wild against Hacking? It’s so heartwarming to see the mainstream press catch up to what your Editors have been whinging on for the past few years: that healthcare data is the Emperor With No Clothes. Here we have Reuters and the New York Times with a case of the vapors, seeking a fainting couch. Reuters dubs 2015 ‘The year of the healthcare hack’. The FBI is investigating the AnthemHealth breach, while their counterparts UnitedHealth, Cigna and Aetna are in full, breathless damage control mode. The Times at least delves into... Continue Reading

41 percent of healthcare employees don’t encrypt mobile devices: Forrester

...stolen devices. (What, not mulch?) Author Chris Sherman also quoted street prices for health records to The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal blog (subscription required): $20 for one health record to $500 for a patient’s complete record. He recommends greater use of encryption and penalties for non-compliance with safe computing. FierceMobileHealthcare, iHealthBeat. Previously in TTA on data breaches: Data breaches may cost healthcare organizations $5.6 bn annually: Ponemon; Risky hospital business: happy device hacking, insider data breaches; The drip of data breaches now a flood: 4.5 million records hacked–update; Data breaches and ‘hackermania’ running wild; ‘Hackermania running wild,’ part 2... Continue Reading

Data breaches and ‘hackermania’ running wild

Data breaches remain in the news–and the debate around how best to secure data rages. Everything old is new again. UK website Computing reported that East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust lost a data cartridge containing 42,000 records from its divisional headquarters in Nottingham. It was a small but deadly cartridge containing scanned handwritten copies of Patient Report Forms from September to November 2012. However, it can only be read on a now-obsolete cartridge reader, one of which is on the Trust’s premises. An interesting project for a ‘cracker’? Perhaps someone thought it was an old paperweight? Is this the... Continue Reading

‘Hackermania running wild,’ part 2

Apple flying around the iCloud for Apple HealthKit. Making headlines this week was a few overly personal celebrity photos (foolishly) stored on iCloud accounts going public online. According to Apple, the accounts were hacked probably by ‘brute force’ password attack and not through an iCloud flaw. TechRepublic But more of concern to digital health developers eager to get all that health and fitness data integrated via the Apple HealthKit API is that Apple is saying ‘nein’ to anyone using the iCloud to store data. Why the concern? Mobihealthnews lays down Apple’s eight ground rules. Is CyberRX 2.0 a prescription for... Continue Reading