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Auditing Company Reports Potential Healthcare Data Breach

February 11, 2016 - Auditing company Seim Johnson recently reported a potential healthcare data breach that could affect over 30,000 individuals. Nebraska-based Community Hospital might be one of the affected facilities, as it announced earlier this week that it had received a notification letter from Seim Johnson that a stolen laptop may have contained patients’ personal information. According to a McCook...


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Why EHR Vendors Are Next Healthcare Data Breach Target

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It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is a hackers’ gold mine for valuable, sensitive data. Along with private information like patients’ names, mailing addresses, email aliases and dates of birth, healthcare firms also...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

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An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

Majority of 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches Due to IT Hacking

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This past year saw over one million patient health files breached through nearly 258 large-scale healthcare data breaches. According to Redspin’s recent Breach Report 2015: Protected Health Information (PHI), 98 percent of those breaches...

Potential Medicaid Data Breach for 13K Louisiana Recipients

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The Louisiana Attorney General’s office recently announced that an individual was arrested on Medicaid fraud charges, stemming from stolen Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHCC) information. LHCC explained in a statement on its website...

Are Patients Concerned with Their Healthcare Data Security?

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Despite increasing healthcare data security concerns, consumers appear to trust the healthcare industry with their personal information the most compared to other industries. According to a report from TRUSTe and the National Cybersecurity Alliance,...

More Hospitals Invest Spending in Healthcare Data Security

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Hospitals are responding to healthcare data security threats, with nearly 29 percent of them targeting facility IT spending toward increased security, according to a recent IDC study. Over the course of the past year, healthcare data security...

Hacking Accounts for 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

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Healthcare data breaches due to hacking have increased immensely from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from Bitglass. In 2014, 68 percent of healthcare data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices containing health information,...

Improper Disposal Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

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Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP) reported that patient records were found in a recycling dumpster on November 27, 2015. CMHP said it was contacted by law enforcement about the records, and that it immediately sent employees to the recycling...

PHI Healthcare Cloud Security Still Too Low, Report Shows

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The healthcare industry has vastly more PHI related policy violations when it comes to cloud security, according to Blue Coat Elastica Cloud Threat Labs Q4 2015 Shadow Data Report. Although the healthcare industry clearly has the most PHI...

Centene Healthcare Data Breach Affects 950K Patients

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Centene Corporation announced that it experienced a potential healthcare data breach that may affect approximately 950,000 individuals. Centene reported that there is an ongoing search for six missing hard drives, which were unaccounted for in...

Mont. Facility Reports Healthcare Data Breach Affecting 28K

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Montana-based New West Health Services d/b/a New West Medicare recently reported a potential healthcare data breach following a laptop theft. While the New West announcement did not specify how many individuals were potentially affected, the...

VA Sees 60% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches in December

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In its December monthly report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has reported a near 61 percent decrease in PHI-related healthcare data breaches since November. This is a welcomed change to last month’s 36 percent...

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

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When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the following: Physical...

St. Luke’s Cornwall Data Breach Due To Missing Thumb Drive

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St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) reported a potential healthcare data breach after a USB thumb drive was stolen on October 31, 2015. After an investigation, SLCH determined that the thumb drive “appears to have included a file”...

Are Existing Issues a Key Healthcare Data Breach Cause?

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A recent survey indicates that varying priorities could potentially lead to data breaches, including possible healthcare data breaches. Not only is there a significant gap between organizations’ IT and security teams, but one of the leading...

More DDoS Attacks Show Need for Healthcare Data Security

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Distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks are up during the third quarter of 2015, reinforcing the healthcare industry’s growing concern for healthcare data security. According to an assessment performed by Akamai, all industries concerned...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

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In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital statement,...

Oregon Data Breach Notification Law Goes Into Effect

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A new Oregon data breach notification law went into effect on January 1, and requires businesses and government agencies to notify the state attorney general of a data breach affecting more than 250 state residents. The Oregon Consumer Identity...

FAS Discusses Federal and State Data Breach, Security Laws

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It seems as though 2015 was the year of the data breach, especially in the healthcare industry. As a means to regulate these data breaches and ensure adequate notification to individuals whose information had been compromised, several pieces...

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