Health Care Hacking—4.4M Patient Records Breached

Webp.net-compress-imageIn the third quarter of 2018, Protenus, a cybersecurity software company, released a report showing there were 117 disclosed health data breaches in that time frame. Of these incidents, a large breach of 1.4 million patient records occurred due to phishing—a tactic in which emails that appear to be official are sent and employee passwords are captured. Approximately eight breaches were a result of insider error or wrongdoing, which means incidents that happen in the health care organization that are a result of unintentional human error. Read more.

Source: Healthcare Informatics

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Everything You Need to Know About the Cost of Health Care

The rising cost of health care has been an important issue in the daily lives of Americans and the people who represent Americans in government. Higher premiums, co-pays, deductibles and hidden costs like drug prices, hospital consolidation, and lobbying from the medical industry have caused an increased number of families to have trouble paying medical debt. Legislative efforts to help mitigate these costs have come in the form of raised limits on Health Savings Accounts (HSA) contributions, and expanded access to short-term insurance plans.
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12 Charts Explaining Health Care Hidden Costs (Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2018)
How Americans Pay (or don’t pay) Medical Bills (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2018)
How Expanded Access to Short-Term Insurance Could Help (ModernHealthcare.com, Aug. 1, 2018)

Complete Health Systems SIIA Booth Winners!

Thank you to all who came to the SIIA Conference in September—we hope you were able to stop by the Complete Health Systems booth to learn more about our services and meet some of the members of our team.
Each year at the conference, we draw attendee names and those winners receive a $50 gift card for themselves and Complete Health Systems also donates $50 to the charity of their choice. If they choose one of the charities that we support, like the ones below, Complete Health Systems will double the amount to $100 donated in the winners’ name, to the charity.
Amanda Lima #1
Meghan Jones #2
Tara Carney #3
Suan Bennett #4

Medical Device Hacking Risk

Medical device company, Mdreamstime_s_51106867edtronic, disabled internet updates over concerns about hacking risk. A flaw in the CareLink devices, which provide information to doctors of cardiac patients, has concerned the FDA.
The flaw could allow hackers to change the device’s function as it doesn’t require programmers to verify that they are still connected to a virtual private network (VPN) before downloading updates.
The fix will prevent existing programmers from accessing the Medtronic software distribution network and will require updates only through a USB update. Read more.

ACA “Silver Plans” Will be Cheaper in 2019

dreamstime_s_102029139According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Affordable Care Act “silver plans” will decrease in price in 2019—the first time since the program began.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma attributed this price drop to the Trump Administration’s market stabilization rule and seven state innovation waivers which allow states to provide access to health care in innovative ways that provide comprehensive health care that is affordable to consumers and doesn’t increase the federal deficit. Read more.