Are the moles winning? After I wrote how the job of protecting protected health information (PHI) regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is becoming more like a game of “Whac-a-Mole” because there are more places than ever where PHI can appear, we’re seeing even more healthcare organization cyberattacks. Here’s one of the cyberattacks I discussed in the post:
Newman Regional Health: They identified suspicious activity within an e-mail account and determined there was unauthorized access to a limited number of e-mail accounts between January 26, 2021, and November 23, 2021 – almost 10 months of exposed information that “may have included individuals’ names; dates of birth; medical record or other identification numbers; addresses, phone numbers, or e-mail addresses; limited heath, treatment or insurance information”. They also said: “a limited group of individuals may have social security number or financial information affected.”
Believe it or not, I discussed seven other cyberattacks in the post! So, what organizations were affected and what happened? And what is the common thread between the cyberattacks? You can find out on IPRO’s blog here. It’s just one extra click! 😉
BTW, IPRO will be at the Health Connect Partners (HCP) Spring 2022 Hospital & Healthcare I.T. Conference next week (May 16th through 18th). For more information about the event and IPRO’s participation in it, click here.
So, what do you think? Are you surprised that we’re seeing even more healthcare organization cyberattacks? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
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