Gaps in Medicare contractors' information security programs decreased in 2013 from the year before, according to a new report published this month by the Office of Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department.
The Office of Inspector General is planning to beef up its oversight of the Affordable Care Act, keeping a close eye on subsidies and how the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services protects individuals' personal information, according to an OIG report.
Medical identity theft incidents rose more than 20 percent in fiscal year 2014 compared to the year prior, according to a recently released survey by the Ponemon Institute.
The job for Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish in the weeks and months ahead hinges on what government investigations turn up and on how he reacts to customer concerns.
Healthcare companies are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, and as threats to consumers' private health information grow the industry must do more to prevent breaches, said Jim Routh, chief information security officer at health insurer Aetna.
When it comes to data security in the healthcare industry, it is a matter of finding the balance between technology, personnel and good governance structure, according to two information security experts.
Personal information for about 4.5 million patients of Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems--which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states--was compromised likely in April and June when hackers gained access to its computer network.
When it comes to highly sensitive health situations, patients' privacy and security is a top concern. The recent spread of Ebola shows why healthcare organizations need to have plans in place.
Healthcare facilities are constantly in danger of being hacked and having data stolen, but two researchers have found that many hospitals themselves leak valuable information online.
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