In the second major healthcare hacking attempt reported to federal authorities in recent weeks, a Tampa practice has notified 156,000 individuals that a hacker accessed a server containing its practice management system, which stores patient information.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will fully deploy the Einstein 2 threat detection system by year's end and will begin implementing in 2011 Einstein 3, with the aim to automatically detect and disrupt malicious cyber activity.
Some physician group practices that already have an electronic health record system are playing a game of "hurry up and wait" when it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act EHR incentive payments and bringing their security plans up to date.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council is expected to issue new security guidance revisiting online banking and strong authentication, and a new report from Aite finds internal fraud at most institutions is underreported.
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