Archive for Cybersecurity
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is publishing a new series of guides to show healthcare professionals and organizations how to improve their cybersecurity measures to protect health information systems with standards-based, commercially available, or open-source tools.
The NCCoE released a draft version of the first guide in the series, “Securing Electronic Records on Mobile Devices,” July 23 for public comment. The step-by-step guide demonstrates how to use smartphones or tablets for patient care without spreading sensitive data across the digital stratosphere.
Cyber criminals hacked into part of a computer network at UCLA Health System in California, compromising records of at least 4.5 million people, the university hospital system reported on Friday.
There is no evidence yet the hackers obtained access to or acquired individuals’ PHI, although the compromised areas of the network do contain names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers, Medicare or health plan numbers, and other medical information, according to a statement from UCLA Health.
The health system is working with the FBI and has also hired private computer forensic experts to secure information on network servers.
The national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced July 14 that it would offer these free services as a permanent benefit to more than 106 million customers at all Blue companies nationwide.
This is the latest step in the health insurance giant’s efforts to protect customer safety and security in a world where cyber-attacks are a constant threat to every business and government entity. BCBS companies have, consequently, taken aggressive steps to protect their customers and lead the healthcare industry in cybersecurity, according to a press statement.