Health IT Roundup—Phishing attack compromises 1.4M at UnityPoint Health; Teladoc has a new name

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UnityPoint says hackers were trying to divert payroll with a phishing attack in March. (M-A-U iStock)

Attackers tried to divert payroll at UnityPoint

UnityPoint Health is notifying 1.4 million patients that their information was compromised as part of a phishing attack discovered in May.

It’s the Midwestern health system’s second security breach this year and the largest among healthcare organizations in 2018. In April, UnityPoint notified more than 16,400 patients that their information may have been compromised in a separate phishing attack.

In the most recent attack, in which hackers accessed employee accounts between March 14 and April 3, the attackers posed as a trusted executive and tricked employees into turning over confidential sign-in information. But investigators believe the attackers were primarily focused on using the email system to “divert payroll or vendor payments.” (Letter—PDF)

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Teladoc has a new name: Teladoc Health

Telehealth company Teladoc has a radical new name: Teladoc Health.

The company announced the name change on Tuesday, noting that the new name was chosen “to better reflect its broad portfolio of services and mission to transform how people access healthcare around the world.”

The official name change will take effect on Aug. 10. (Release)

NextGen Healthcare profits sink

EHR vendor NextGen Healthcare reported lower earnings per share on Tuesday as the company’s second-quarter income came in at $2.6 million, down from $3.9 million during the same quarter last year.

Total revenue was up slightly but offset by an uptick in operating costs. (SEC filing)

Meditech revenue, profit up

Meditech added nearly $10 million in profit in the second quarter compared to the same quarter last year, according to a financial filing.

The EHR vendor reported $24.1 million in net income, up from $14.5 million during the second quarter of 2017. Total revenue climbed from $116 million last year to $125 million despite a lag in service revenue. (Filing)

DirectTrust keeps growing

The number of organizations served by DirectTrust reached more than 121,000 in the second quarter, a 23% year-over-year increase.

The number of addresses able to share health information grew 19% to more than 1.7 million, and the number of patients involved in Direct message increased 52% to 242,000.

All told, there were 50.5 million Direct exchange transactions in the second quarter. (Release)

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