Health Care Hacking—4.4M Patient Records Breached 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

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 (, Aug. 1, 2018)