Hacks Targeting Health Care Data Spike 162% Over Last Year
Security experts account for the jump by saying that hacking has gotten easier and more organizations are now reporting incidents. In other health industry news, UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley steps down and the insurer's current president David Wichmann will take over the position.
Healthcare Data Breaches Caused By Hacks Are On The Rise
Data breaches caused by hacking, so-called IT incidents and unauthorized access are on the rise, with 162% more incidents at healthcare organizations so far in 2017 as there were in all of 2016, according to data from HHS' Office for Civil Rights. Security experts said that's because hacking has gotten easier and organizations are now reporting incidents they previously might have kept quiet about. (Arndt, 8/16)
The Associated Press:
UnitedHealth CEO To Step Down After Run Of More Than Decade
UnitedHealth Group has picked company President David Wichmann to replace CEO Stephen Hemsley in a long-planned transition that Wall Street greeted with polite applause.The nation’s largest health insurer says Wichmann, 54, will take over Sept. 1, and Hemsley will become executive chairman of the company’s board. Current Chairman Richard Burke will shift to lead independent director. (Murphy, 8/17)