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Healthcare organizations have taken more than their fair share of security hits lately. The  bad news continued this week with yet another data breach announcement for Medical Informatics Engineering, an Indiana-based healthcare software company, and an FDA warning to stop using Hospira’s Symbiq medication infusion pump. The data breach involved 3.9 million people, exposing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and other protected health information. The company reported the breach late last month but news of the nearly 3-week... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Aug 04, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
What’s the first rule of IT in healthcare? According to Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions for VMware, it’s “Don’t get in the caregiver’s way.” Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done, as the industry quickly moves to a more digital and for the time being increasingly complex health information system. Add to this the obvious concerns about security and regulatory compliance and it’s clear that creating systems that are transparent to the caregiver, highly efficient from... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Jun 03, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
There was a very clear and present sound on the convention floor this year at HIMSS in Chicago, Illinois, a buzz that resonated particularly with the team at Fortinet and it was the need for a multi-layered strategy around cybersecurity and the healthcare industry. Many who attended say they are just waiting for the next big headline news attack that shakes the very core of patient data and how doctors care for their patients in new and innovative ways. Fortinet’s presence at HIMSS also signaled to many, a shift in the industry towards the... [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Apr 16, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Recently, I wrote about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack. This is the third of a three-part series examining each vector in depth with some new perspectives here at HIMSS. Recently, I’ve been writing about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack. Last week, I introduced the idea of the Internet of Medical Things when I talked about connected medical devices. These devices sit in hospitals and doctors’ offices, clinics and nursing homes. They range from IV pumps to CT scanners. They are, however, just the tip of... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Apr 16, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
If the world of cybersecurity has learned anything this year its this. Hackers have a new and robust target base, the healthcare industry. Fortinet is making a big splash at this years HIMSS Conference in Chicago, Illinois with a refreshing approach to securing medical devices and patient data. Digital Strategist Jonas Tichenor caught up with Fortinet's Vice President of Healthcare Ryan Witt to talk about what's trending on the convention floor.   [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Apr 15, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Recently, I wrote about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack. This is the second of a three-part series examining each vector in depth. Over the past couple of months, I’ve written about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack. Most recently, I looked in depth at the first vector, what we usually think of as “traditional attacks and malware”. These sorts of attacks continue to make headlines, but as healthcare evolves and increasing numbers of medical devices begin feeding data directly into health information... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Apr 10, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Recently, I wrote about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack. This is the first of a three-part series examining each vector in depth. Last month, I wrote about the three vectors of a healthcare cyber attack, ironically just before Anthem Blue Cross disclosed a massive data breach. The Anthem breach happened via the first vector, “traditional attacks and malware”, as did the Premera attack, so it’s timely to unpack this particular vector a bit further. Just about every organization, regardless of the industry in... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Mar 31, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The Premera Blue Cross hack is a reminder of the treasure trove healthcare data represents to hackers. Bank account information. Physical addresses. Email addresses. Social Security numbers. Clinical information...All exposed in the latest healthcare cyberattack. This time the target was Premera Blue Cross, a Pacific Northwest health insurer, which reported Tuesday that up to 11 million patient records had been breached. According to Premera, the breach was discovered on January 29th, the same day that Anthem Blue Cross uncovered a breach... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Mar 18, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Love it or hate it, the Apple Watch, introduced last fall and fully unveiled at a press event yesterday, signals the mainstreaming of wearables specifically, but, more importantly, the Internet of Things (IoT) in general. It wasn’t just the Apple Watch that the company announced yesterday, either. They also announced ResearchKit, an open source framework for collecting data that leverages the ubiquity of iOS to collect medical research data at scale. This all comes after last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where connected... [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Mar 10, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Hours before we learned about what may become the largest healthcare-related data breach in history, I posted a blog on vulnerabilities in our healthcare systems. On Wednesday, the second largest health insurance company in the United States announced that it had been the victim of a massive cyberattack, with as many as 80 million customer records compromised. Earlier that morning, I posted a blog that feels eerily prescient, even for someone who has worked in health IT for enough years to know we were headed for trouble. As I explained in “3... [Read More]
by RSS Ryan Witt  |  Feb 05, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends