The American Hospital Association is urging federal regulators to back off from recent guidance that treats patient IP addresses as protected health information, saying that the new rules would "reduce public access to credible health information" and create hardships for doctors and hospitals.
A practice management software firm has agreed to pay a $550,000 fine and implement a comprehensive data security program to settle an enforcement action by New York state regulators after a 2020 ransomware attack that affected 1.2 million individuals nationwide, including 428,000 New Yorkers.
Home healthcare equipment firm Apria Healthcare is notifying nearly 1.9 million individuals of a hacking incident discovered in September 2021 that affected information dating back to mid-2019. The company says the breach was related to an attempt to fraudulently obtain funds from Apria.
Federal regulators fined a practice management software and services vendor $350,000 in the aftermath of an investigation into a 2018 HIPAA breach that involved a file transfer protocol server mishap. The company said the incident was the result of "a singular human error."
A recently proposed federal rule would prohibit healthcare organizations from disclosing to law enforcement patient information related to obtaining or providing an abortion. If enacted, it will address longstanding loopholes in healthcare privacy, said attorney Kathleen McGee.
Two separate proposed class action data privacy lawsuits involving the use of Meta Pixel tracking tools in healthcare entity websites are continuing to proceed with new legal developments this week in a Northern California federal court.
Cloud-based electronic health records vendor NextGen Healthcare is notifying more than 1 million individuals of a data compromise involving stolen credentials. The data breach appears to be at least the second alleged data security incident the company has investigated since January.
Regulators are continuing their campaign to enforce compliance with the HIPAA "right of access" provision. HHS on Monday said it had slapped a solo-practitioner psychotherapy counselor with a $15,000 settlement in a dispute involving a father who sought medical records of his three minor children.
The tally of individuals whose sensitive information was compromised by the exploitation of a zero-day vulnerability in Fortra's GoAnyWhere secure file transfer software is growing by millions as more entities report heath data breaches to regulators.
The University of Iowa Health Care is facing a proposed class action lawsuit from a patient who alleges that online tracking tools embedded into the medical center's websites secretly transmitted sensitive personal and health information to Facebook.
Healthcare sector entities' reliance on specialty and legacy equipment, including imaging systems and other gear, continues to present attractive targets for threat actors and a growing risk for medical providers, said Frank Catucci, CTO and head of research at security firm Invicti Security.
Six individuals - including five former employees of a Tennessee healthcare organization - have pleaded guilty to criminal HIPAA violations in an alleged scheme involving the sale of motor vehicle accident patient information to third parties. One of the defendants has been sentenced so far.
Diabetic patients who used a Medtronic smartphone app for managing insulin levels are being told that Google may have collected certain personal information through the sign-in infrastructure. The disclosure comes amid a wave of healthcare providers reassessing their use of third-party tools.
Healthcare entities need to think more strategically about managing risk by implementing a robust cybersecurity framework such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology's CSF, said Bob Bastani, cybersecurity adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services.
A top HIPAA-enforcement priority for regulators is cracking down on entities that disclose patient information to third parties without permission through the use of website tracking codes, says Melanie Fontes Rainer, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.