Cybersecurity is emerging as a contentious but important topic for a number of industries around the country. For healthcare, the consequences of data breaches that expose beneficiary information can be devastating, particularly for the beneficiaries who often have no recourse to fight off claims made under their name. As 2015 has become the year of the data breach, it's becoming clear that improved cybersecurity is imperative to fraud prevention.
It appears that the cyberattack suffered by Indiana-based cloud electronic health record vendor Medical Informatics Engineering may be worse than first thought, affecting 3.9 million people.
A data breach that compromised the personal information of approximately 5,300 Healthfirst members has been traced back to a criminal fraud scheme perpetrated against the insurer in 2013.
Saying that it wants to "lead the healthcare industry in the area of cybersecurity practices," the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association will offer identity theft protection services to all of its members starting Jan. 1.
Anthem is in the spotlight once again: This time, for fallout relating to its historic data breach. Twenty-six individuals have hit the Indianapolis-based health insurer with lawsuits that claim they were victims of fraud due to the breach.
A cybersecurity attack on data systems at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which compromised information of about 4 million federal employees, is being linked to similar incidents at health payers Anthem and Premera.
While Anthem's brand took a negative hit after hackers broke into the insurer's database, compromising personal information for nearly 80 million individuals, individuals are still willing to pay more for the insurer's name.
With cyberattacks now the leading cause of healthcare data breaches, according to a new study from the Ponemon Institute, practices of all sizes must train employees on how to protect sensitive information.
Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) wrote a letter to Anthem this week urging the insurer to notify all 78.8 million members whose personal information may have been compromised during last month's cyberattack.
Anytime a high-profile figure or company makes a public blunder, the fallout provides valuable lessons for all those in powerful positions--including healthcare executives.
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