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March 13, 2019

At least 50 Northwestern Hospital employees fired for HIPAA violations

At least 50 employees may have been fired from Northwestern Memorial Hospital for accessing the medical profile and records of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett without authorization, sources with knowledge of the situation said. One of those employees - identified simply as Susan, to protect her identity - said that with one click of her mouse, she was fired from her job as a surgical nurse last week.

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326,000 patients impacted in UConn Health phishing attack

Several employee email accounts were hacked in the security incident, breaching personal and medical data; 1,500 patients saw Social Security numbers breached. UConn Health recently discovered a hacker accessed a number of employee email accounts, and immediately secured the breached accounts. Officials said they also confirmed the security of the email system, contacted law enforcement, and hired a third-party forensics team to help with the investigation.

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How does MACRA/MIPS affect your practice?

As Cybersecurity and Compliance experts we are proud to celebrate “National Clean Out Your Computer Day” on February 11, 2019. This is all about how to effectively and securely remove unwanted sensitive data from your computer. 

As a healthcare organization, you must conduct an annual Security Risk Assessment. By adhering to this requirement you can receive larger reimbursements for your medicare billing.  In order to adhere with MIPS requirements, an attestation for the security risk assessment and proof to show compliance is required. 

Find out why a risk assessment is critical for MACRA/MIPS

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Are medical devices a security risk for your organization?

Your medical organization likely implements hundreds to thousands of class 3 medical devices every year.  From heart monitors to hip implants, these devices are amazing innovations that are extending and improving quality of life.  These devices come equipped with features like wireless connectivity and remote monitoring which allow for noninvasive adjustments which reduces the cost, risk and frequency of visits for the patient.  As a healthcare organization implementing these devices, it is important for you to understand the risks associated with these devices.

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How FDA and NIST are improving Cybersecurity in Healthcare IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that is synonymous with digital disruption and rapid transformation affecting every aspect of our daily lives. In Healthcare, IoT has transformed many aspects of modern medicine. It has improved efficiencies in emergency rooms, given doctors the ability to monitor their patients’ health remotely, and has introduced new ways to manage chronic conditions. However, as IoT devices continue to evolve and become a more integral part of medical care, authorities have launched several initiatives to increase the security of these devices.

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March 22, 2019 South Florida ISSA Conference Davie
March 27, 2019 Tampa CISO Council Tampa
April 10, 2019 Orlando CISO Council Orlando
April 17, 2019 Atlanta CISO Council Atlanta
April 23, 2019 Webinar - Conducting a Security Risk Assessment in the Financial Services Industry Online - BrightTALK
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