In this week’s Health IT News Roundup, cyber security management and prevention remains at the forefront for healthcare organizations. It was recently reported that cyber intrusions into medical devices could be life-threatening, and the FDA will be rethinking regulations for them. The impacts of hacking and ransomware in healthcare continue to make headlines, but there may be some ways to improve your security. Continue reading to find out how.
FDA Official: Medical Devices Should be Designed for Hostile Environments
In healthcare, cyber intrusions into medical devices could be life-threatening. That’s why the FDA has recently made the decision to counsel outside groups it had not “previously engaged with,” including security researchers, as it considers regulation of the internet of things. Continue reading to find out more.
Top 4 Healthcare Data Breaches Stem from Hacking Incident
There have been several large-scale healthcare data breaches so far in 2016, but the majority have been caused from a hacking incident. While 2016 is not yet complete, there have already been approximately 250 reported cases of potential healthcare data breaches affecting more than 500 individuals submitted to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Read on to find out more.
Many Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Impact Providers, Patients
Recent cases of healthcare ransomware attacks show the negative effect on both providers and patients, proving a need for stronger security measures. When a covered entity is impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack, the recovery process is not always easy. Not only will daily operations likely be impacted, but patients could also feel the effects. Whether the ransomware caused patient records to be exposed or even put a temporary pause on provided services due to a downed network, up-to-date data security measures are critical. Continue reading for more.
How Ransomware Affects Hospital Data Security
Ransomware is a type of malware that typically prevents organizations from accessing certain parts of its system. For example, an entity and its users could be locked out from critical systems, such as EHRs, and may be unable to get in unless they pay a certain amount of money. This could cause problems for an organization’s hospital data security. Continue reading to find out how hospital data security may be improved.