Information Security

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Medicare contractors experience year-over-year improvement to info security programs

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.

OIG to investigate subsidies, security of insurance exchanges

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.

Med identity theft continues to rise

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.

Anthem CEO faces tough task in wake of breach

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.

Aetna CISO: Mandate protection of health data by risk, not regulation

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.

Breaches show need for improved data governance in healthcare industry

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.

Community Health Systems hack compromises info for 4.5 million patients

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.

Facilities turn to best practices to keep patient data secure in high-risk cases

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.

Hospitals 'very sloppy' about security efforts

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.

WellPoint's Patrick McIntyre on anti-fraud analytics partnerships

FierceHealthPayer: Anti-Fraud spoke to Patrick McIntyre for expert advice on smart shopping for anti-fraud data analytics and how to work well with vendors. McIntyre is senior vice president of healthcare analytics at Wellpoint.