Dealing with Ransomware Attacks in Healthcare: Five CEOs Respond

The FBI recently announced a potentially significant ransomware attack on the healthcare sector. Ransomware groups are becoming more sophisticated and efficient in their ability to deploy ransomware attacks. The challenges presented by COVID-19 have only increased the target on health systems. KLAS posed the following three questions to five CEOs at healthcare-focused cybersecurity firms: Read More

Cybersecurity Advisory a 'Call to Arms' for Healthcare CIOs

A cybersecurity advisory from the federal government not only puts healthcare CIOs on high alert but also signals a call to arms. Last week, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a joint cybersecurity advisory warning healthcare organizations of an "increased and imminent cybercrime threat." Read More

Urgent Bulletin: FBI Alert on Imminent Ransomware Attack on U.S. Hospitals

Meditology Services has been advised of a credible and imminent ransomware attack on the US healthcare system from an eastern European criminal group. The FBI, HHS, DHS, the CISA, and several other sources have advised that a coordinated attack on the healthcare system is planned for over 400 healthcare entities and may already be underway. The CISA reports, “CISA, FBI, and HHS have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. Read More

“Defense in Depth”: Why a Layered Approach Is Needed to Secure Data

As healthcare organizations grapple with the myriad challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the one thing that has remained a constant is change. From how IT teams collaborate to how care is delivered, the landscape has evolved dramatically - and that means the security strategy must do the same to keep pace. Whereas in years past, lost or stolen laptops and USB drives were the key concern, now CISOs are dealing with a more nefarious foe. Read More

Meditology Expands Enterprise Risk Reporting Services

Meditology Services has announced a major expansion of their services to help healthcare entities automate and mature enterprise risk reporting models. Meditology’s Enterprise Risk Management Reporting services for healthcare entities leverages leading practices from premier healthcare organizations to enhance visibility, informed decision making, and accountability for managing enterprise risk. Read More

OCR Issues Guidance on Covered Health Care Providers and Restrictions on Media Access to Protected Health Information about Individuals in Their Facilities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued additional guidance reminding covered health care providers that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not permit them to give media and film crews access to facilities where patients’ protected health information (PHI) will be accessible without the patients’ prior authorization.  Read More