The “Internet of Things” Benefits and Challenges Health Care

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to reference the ability of various everyday objects to connect to the internet through the transfer of data.[1]  It includes products or systems connected to technologies or networks which allow the transmission and receipt of data without human interaction.  These systems are transforming industry, government, transportation, and our homes.  Practical examples include cell-phones, cars, home appliances, popular health-related consumer [...]

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Health Care Cybersecurity Data

Modern Healthcare has published a special report, "Building a Better Cybersecurity Defense," which focuses on health care. Health care hacks continue to rise each year according to the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The report notes that many providers feel ill-informed about the use of advance technologies, and they do not have a complete and accurate record of all of their medical and non-medical web connected devices. The full report can be found at this link.  

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Cyber Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices -- FDA Issues Guidance

A growing number of medical devices are connected via networks to facilitate patient care.  Similar to other computer systems, these networks use software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats and may represent a risk to health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance for cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices. The FDA guidance emphasizes that manufacturers should monitor, identify, and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exploits as [...]

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Academic Health Center Settles Alleged HIPAA Violations With $2.7 Million Penalty

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon’s only academic health center comprising two hospitals and multiple general and specialty clinics, has agreed to pay a penalty of $2.7 million to settle alleged HIPAA violations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) commenced an investigation after OHSU submitted multiple breach reports impacting thousands of individuals. OCR uncovered evidence of widespread vulnerabilities within the health [...]

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Cybersecurity-The Board’s Role

As data breaches become more common, companies and organizations are adopting the mindset that it is no longer “if,” but “when” a security breach will occur. These incidents are both expensive and detrimental to a company or organization. A 2015 IBM study put the average consolidated total cost of a data breach at $3.8 million, a 23 percent increase over the previous two years. As your board secures and guides the future of your company or organization, board leaders [...]

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