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The biggest healthcare data breaches of 2018 (so far)

Healthcare IT News October 2018 Healthcare continued to be a lucrative target for hackers in 2017 with weaponized ransomware, misconfigured cloud storage buckets and phishing emails dominating the year. In 2018, these threats will continue and cybercriminals will likely get more creative despite better awareness among healthcare organizations at the executive level for the funding needed to protect themselves. This collection highlights […]

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Ryuk ransomware strikes at least four organizations in Canada

A new strain of ransomware first reported in August is now being seen in Canada, hitting at least four organizations here.

“I’m starting to see a certain type of ransomware called Ryuk targeting healthcare organizations,” Canadian cyber security lawyer Imrad Ahmad told IT World Canada on Tuesday. “Typically ransomware locks up your system. This one actually exfiltrates data” as well.

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Access to Patient Records “When the Wind Blows”

Its hurricane season, again, and I am reminded of the threat of unplanned downtime occurrences to clinician’s ability to access patient records. “When the wind blows” power outages and disruptions to communication will occur.  What do you need to know? During a hurricane or other natural disasters its essential that hospitals have a modern downtime business continuance program in place […]

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Ransomware in Healthcare Facilities: A Harbinger of the Future?

Cybercriminals have begun to target the healthcare industry with ransomware, malware that encrypts an infected device and any attached devices or network drives. After encryption, cybercriminals demand a ransom before releasing the devices from encoding. Without adequate disaster recovery and backup plans, many businesses are forced to pay the ransom. We examined the extent of recent ransomware infections in healthcare settings, the risk liabilities and costs associated with such infections, and possible risk mitigation tactics.

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Realizing Benefits with MEDITECH Expanse (6.1): Driving Value in the Implementation

Special Contribution By John Haffty, Navin, Haffty & Associates Are you in the process of implementing a new electronic health record system or making a significant upgrade of your existing system? If so, you are probably focusing on how to gain value from the expenditure and some return on the investment. You want to ensure the investment makes business sense […]

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