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Breaking news confirmed: Bosch exiting healthcare and telehealth in US–UPDATED

...would likely have put them into an uncomfortable position in a Government bid. The fate of ViTel Net, owned by but marketing separately from Bosch via its own website and system identity (with no visible ties to the ownership) is unknown, but presumed to be independent. For those Grizzled Pioneers and others in the Telehealth Wars, it’s a mixture of regret in seeing a major player with a long history depart the scene (in Early Days, you had to admire the sheer scrappiness of Health Hero) and schadenfreude (see above re patents). We empathize with their employees and wish them... Continue Reading

Healthcare vulnerability in a concatenation of data breaches

Concatenation is one of those lovely English words that express far more than its simpler synonyms: sequence, series or chain of events. Perhaps we have experienced that concatenation of data breaches which connect and demonstrate a critical mass that motivate healthcare organizations, including insurers, to ensure that data security and privacy gets primacy in HIT. Our Readers know we’ve been on the case since 2010; we’ve been noting Ponemon Institute and ID Experts studies since then. While simple, straightforward theft can be the cause of smaller breaches and not part of a Big Hack, it’s not as Three Stooges or... Continue Reading

10th Anniversary Article 1: The Next Ten Years of Telecare

...almost encourage identity fraud. I wont bother considering the reputations of estate agents, politicians, insurance companies, PPI claim lawyers or conventional banks. So who is left? I suspect that most people trust the good old NHS, their local authority, housing associations, charities (and some not-for-profit organisations), as well as those who already take charge of our data whether in national databases (CSC, Orion etc) or in GP record systems (TPP and EMIS, for example). Perhaps organisations will have to be clear about who they are, who their directors are, and what they will and wont do with our data in... Continue Reading

58 percent of health data breaches due to simple theft, not hacking: JAMA

Laurie Orlov Well, the JAMA report would be great, if it weren't incorrect. 80 million Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield records (name, address, social security number) stolen in just the past six months, resulting in a lifelong effort to protect stolen identity, fraudulent tax returns ($50 billion reviewed false refunds, and that's just what the IRS admits.) Anthem, it turns out, also shared data with all of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield companies, one way or another. so even if you weren't one of the 80 million, you could have your identity stolen and a tax refund filed on your social... Continue Reading

Data breaches top 120 million since 2009 (US)

...EMRs to speak with EHRs, Meaningful Use, new care and payment models, 30-day readmissions and ‘oh, by the way, how will we get paid?’ The Premera Blue Cross (Washington state) breach of 11 million records was the second largest in healthcare history (after Anthem Health‘s February bunker buster of a breach). Most breaches are from stolen laptops or shared/easy to guess passwords (or none at all)–but these have not been in the millions. Premera’s theft took place on 5 May 2014 and was only discovered in January; it included SSIs, bank information, claims data, patient name/address and date of birth.... Continue Reading

Hackermania running wild, 2015 edition

...warning that they are being targeted by “…malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII),” and that “These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry typically targeting valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data.”[TTA 22 Aug 14] (We wonder if the FBI is investigating the sundry breaches and backdoors of, embarrassingly closer to home.) And in October, we reviewed ‘the sheer screaming attractiveness of medical ID theft’ likening it to the 1949 Vienna of... Continue Reading

Short-shorts for an autumn Friday

...Segment: Individual; Age: Female Older; Language: EN; CervCancer3yr: N; CervCancer5yr: Y; Mammogram: N; Colonoscopy: N”. Ooops!…Another day, not quite another breakthrough for Mount Sinai Hospital here in NY, which had your typical laptop theft compromising over 10,000 records but fortunately not SSI or insurance information….More alarming were the malware/hacker attacks. In North Carolina, Central Dermatology of Chapel Hill was compromised by malware in a key server. And further south, Jessie Trice Community Health Center of Miami, Florida was hacked by a criminal identity theft operation accessing personal data of almost 8,000 patients. iHealthBeat, also Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, NY Times (Anthem)... Continue Reading

Friday’s Alert: Telehealth and Telecare Aware Updated the worldwide black market in medical ID theft TSA chair selection critiqued (Paul Harper’s article in Roy Lilley’s newsletter reviewed) Health apps presently of little use, says Australian telehealth expert (CE Dr George Margelis debunks current state of the art) Panasonic enters telehealth, debuts On4Today (USA unit goes social, plus pilots a TV telehealth interface) The sheer screaming attractiveness of medical ID theft (Harry Lime would find this new black market more lucrative than stealing off Army trucks) Roundup: data breaches ’round the world (Hungary’s CEU takes a long hard look at it, and even FDA is vulnerable) Earlier... Continue Reading

The sheer screaming attractiveness of medical ID theft

...SurMD takes a fresh and counter-intuitive look over at HITECH Answers that posits that DIY for organizations is not the way to go. Migrating your data to third-party cloud storage partners experienced in ultra-secure storage is a far better choice, as long as it is encrypted start-to-finish and in a failproof way that she describes so that even a non-IT professional can understand. What’s behind the dramatic rise in medical identity theft? (Fortune). Also an organization called the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance has published a free report, The Growing Threat of Medical Identity Fraud: A Call to Action (download here).... Continue Reading

Roundup: data breaches ’round the world

Following on our review of recent articles on why medical identity theft is so attractive, here’s our review of data breaches in the news, including a new (to this Editor) report from Europe. It’s not Europe, blame the UK! That is one of the surprising findings of a meta-review of all types of data breaches released earlier this month by the Central European University’s Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS). While not specific to healthcare, it is the first study this Editor has seen on EU data breaches and is useful for general trends. 229 verified incidents were analyzed... Continue Reading