Phishing scam could have exposed PHI of UnityPoint Health patients | Hacking/malware, accidental disclosure driving health care breaches | Latest version of NIST's Cybersecurity Framework focuses on cyberrisk
April 18, 2018
News for professionals interested in health care information technology
A phishing attack against UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa, enabled unauthorized individuals to access the email accounts of several employees between Nov. 1, 2017, and Feb. 8, 2018. An investigation found the incident potentially compromised patients' protected health information, including names, service dates, medical record numbers, treatment and surgical information, diagnoses, laboratory test results, provider and insurance information, and birth dates.
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Cybersecurity insurance company Beazley analyzed data breach incidents within the health care sector during the first quarter of this year and found that hacking or malware and accidental disclosure each accounted for 29% of the total incidents, followed by insider causes at 15%. The report also showed 6% of the incidents were attributed to physical loss and 5% to portable devices.
Version 1.1 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework adds sections that explain how to use the document to evaluate an organization's cyberrisk, supply chain risks and risks related to the acquisition of commercial off-the-shelf products and services. The new version, which incorporates feedback gathered during the past two years, also includes updates on vulnerability disclosure and authentication and identity.
Facebook and Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord initiative, which aims to make the internet more secure while also offering assistance to countries that suffer cyberattacks. The initiative covers health care, online search, banking, cloud services for advertisers, shopping and other sectors.
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A Black Book survey revealed that 93% of all health care practices with functioning EHR systems use its basic features that are directly associated with customer satisfaction, while nearly 90% of small practices fail to leverage the EHR system's advanced features such as clinical decision support, data sharing and electronic messaging. Researchers polled almost 19,000 EHR users and found greater EHR struggles among smaller practices, compared with their larger counterparts, which have more time to train staff and more resources to purchase new products.
HIMSS Analytics awarded the Stage 7 designation on its EMR Adoption Model to University of North Carolina Health Care in Chapel Hill in recognition of its efforts to implement a complete EMR system, develop IT governance, security and privacy plans, and use advanced analytics. The designation applies to all of the health system's hospitals and associated clinics.
A telemedicine robot enabled Miramont Family Medicine in Fort Collins, Colo., to improve efficiency, job satisfaction and productivity, said Miramont CEO Dr. John Bender, and it enables physicians to more easily see patients at multiple offices. The robot can be controlled using a computer or a smartphone app.
To create a more immersive virtual reality environment, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed a new system that creates the sensation of being touched through transcranial magnetic stimulation. While the experiment was limited, researcher Michela Bassolino believes its future applications could go further than video games, including helping people reduce sensory deficits after strokes.