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Allscripts Hit By Ransomware Attack

It was bound to happen at some point. The first big health-care industry ransomware attack of 2018 has hit, with electronic health records vendor Allscripts falling victim. As Healthcare IT News and others first reported, the Thursday attack on the company’s North Carolina-based data centers resulted in outages in cloud-based services for about 1,500 practices […]

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Florida Medicaid Data Breach Impacts 30,000 Patients

For as many as 30,000 Florida Medicaid patients, 2018 is starting off with some unwelcome news: their personal data may have been exposed following a November 2017 breach. As Healthcare IT News first reported, Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration, which operates the state’s Medicaid program, announced in a press release earlier this month that the source of […]

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Cybersecurity Leadership is Limited at Many Health Care Orgs: Study

You could be forgiven these days for thinking that there was a large-scale health care data breach every other day, with the degree to which they’ve dominated headlines. Indeed, an Accenture study from earlier this year found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And in May, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused […]

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Telehealth in 2018: What Can We Expect?

In many ways, 2017 has been a banner year for telehealth and mHealth, from the introduction (and in some cases, passage) of more than 200 bills in state legislatures, to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) proposed rule making it easier for the agency’s practitioners to treat patients across state lines, to continued investment in […]

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New Bipartisan Bill Would Create Cybersecurity Position at HHS

At a time when large-scale data breaches have frequently dominated headlines, experts have repeatedly warned that many health care organizations are not well prepared for cyberattacks, with some calling on the government to do more to provide support. Now, two Members of Congress are seeking to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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HIMSS Shares “Wish List” With Congress

It’s been a busy year for telehealth and health IT on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than two dozen pieces of telehealth-related legislation, and one telehealth-friendly bill (the CHRONIC Care Act) even passing the Senate. But the 115th Congress isn’t over yet, and advocates want to keep the […]

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Can We Fully Prepare For Cyberattacks?

These days, it might seem like every other headline is about a large-scale health care data breach or ransomware attack. Indeed, an Accenture study from earlier this year found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And this May, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused chaos around the world, including for health care […]

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Ransomware Targets Hospitals Yet Again

Only months after the WannaCry ransomware attack caused chaos at hospitals in the United Kingdom, another strain of ransomware has cybersecurity experts on high alert—and once again, health care organizations are its main target. As Healthcare IT News, Fierce Healthcare, and others first reported, a virus called Defray is making the rounds, and is specifically tailoring its […]

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Hospitals and Power Grid Attacks: Experts Urge Better Preparedness

It’s fairly common knowledge that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. This spring, too, saw the “WannaCry” ransomware attack cause widespread disruption in the U.S. and United Kingdom, including in some hospitals. Now, experts […]

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How Hospitals Can Protect Against Ransomware: Expert Advice

In the wake of last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which caused chaos at hospitals in the United Kingdom, and at a time when large-scale health care data breaches have often dominated headlines, experts are urging health care organizations to double down on their commitment to cybersecurity. The good news for hospitals and health systems? The […]

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