05 Nov 2021

Alphabet is launching a company that uses AI for drug discovery

A new Alphabet company will use artificial intelligence methods for drug discovery, Google’s parent company announced Thursday. It’ll build off of the work done by DeepMind, another Alphabet subsidiary that has done groundbreaking work using AI to predict the structure of proteins. The new company, called Isomorphic Laboratories, will leverage that

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26 Oct 2021

Third-party data breach in Singapore hits healthcare provider

In Singapore, another third-party data breach has been reported. This time, the cybercriminals targeted Fullerton Health and compromised personal data that included bank account details in some cases. The attackers went through the vendor Agape Connecting People, which facilitates appointment booking, for access to Fullerton. The breach was first detected

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01 Oct 2021

A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients With Vision Loss See Color Again

Researchers are working with a revolutionary gene-editing tool called CRISPR to treat patients with a rare eye disease. The seven patients have volunteered to allow doctors to modify their DNA by injecting the tool directly into cells still in their bodies. This marks the first time that researchers have used

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20 Aug 2021

COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Data Exposed, Fake Vax Cards Circulate

Earlier this week, the Indiana Department of Health issued a notice explaining that the state’s Covid-19 contact tracing system had been compromised. The breach occurred due to a cloud misconfiguration and revealed the names, emails, gender, ethnicity, race, and dates of birth of more than 750,000 users. The incident occurred

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18 Aug 2021

VA’s Extended Reality Network Expanding Across Agency

The Veterans Affairs Department has announced that their Extended Reality Network is gaining support among veterans and health care practitioners following its launch last fall. According to a VA statement, there is currently 200 staff actively involved in the network. The network has reportedly been engaging with industry, academic, and

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16 Aug 2021

Half of US Hospitals Shut Down Networks Due to Ransomware

According to a new study by Phillips and CyberMDX, almost half of US hospitals have taken their networks offline within the past six months due to ransomware. The study, which is titled the Perspectives in Healthcare Security Report, bases its findings on interviews with 130 different IT and cybersecurity hospital

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12 Aug 2021

Data Breach at Georgia Health System

St. Joseph’s Candler (SJC), one of the largest health systems in Georgia, has begun notifying patients of a six-month-long data breach that was the result of a ransomware attack. The system represents one of the largest health care organizations in Savannah. SJC claimed that it became aware of suspicious network

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10 Aug 2021

Guinea confirms West Africa’s first case of rare, Ebola-like Marburg virus disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported yesterday that a patient in Guinea with a highly infectious Marburg virus disease has passed away. This marks the first case of the Ebola-like virus in West Africa. Samples of the virus were taken from the patient, who was treated in Gueckedou. The disease

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30 Jun 2021

Kentucky Healthcare System Exposes Patients’ PHI

UofL Health, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has notified more than 40,000 patients of an error that exposed their personal health information. The healthcare system consists of four medical centers, five hospitals, 200 physician practices, 700 providers, the Frazier Rehab Institute, and the Brown Cancer Center. Earlier this month, an email

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22 Jun 2021

Ohio Medicaid Provider Suffers Data Breach

On Monday, the Ohio Department of Medicaid warned that they had detected unauthorized access to their network. The breach occurred for two days in May and may have resulted in the theft of personal data, according to the organization. The data impacted was in the care of Maximus, a company

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