St. Luke’s Health reported a data breach involving almost 17,000 patients, as a result of a hack into a third-party vendor’s email system. Two employees of the vendor had their email accounts hacked which lead to the breach of personally identifiable information, diagnoses, and other elements of PHI.
It is vital to ensure that third-party vendors who have access to your PHI/PII are fully vetted from a HIPAA Security & Privacy perspective.
August 29, 2022
Companies handling patient data on behalf of healthcare providers and insurers – known as business associations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – accounted for 14.5% of the healthcare breathes reported in the first half of 2022, but 22.9% of compromised records, according to a report from cybersecurity company Critical Insight.
July 1, 2022
The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued a warning to employers that stolen Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Deepfakes are being used by bad actors to apply for remote work and work-from-home positions. The types of positions being targeted by these bad actors include: information technology and computer programming, database, and software related job functions. If hired, these bad actors could have “access to customer PII, financial data, corporate IT databases and/or proprietary information.”
In the face of such an unprecedented storm in the form of a pandemic, the need for information sharing, collaboration and rapid system development took on new urgency. There are truly remarkable examples globally of healthcare providers’ agility and innovation.
AI, augmented reality, biomedical sensors and beyond – by mapping out a clear vision now, we can widen our ambitions and improve modernization strategies to better harness the vast potential offered by technology advances.