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PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

August 26, 2015 - PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical transports between September 2014 and June 2015. Notification letters were sent out to 7,664 patients and families on August 21. The hospital discovered...


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Creating Sensors, Enforcers for Healthcare Network Security

The first point to understand in this article on healthcare network security is that we are way beyond traditional networking conversations that revolve around simply passing traffic along properly. Modern networking environments are now highly...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

Creating Health Data Security with a Next-Generation Network

A big part of working with today’s healthcare environment is designing a robust health data security solution. Of course, this involves securing the entire network as well. In many cases, administrators fear that too much security also...

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries

The protected health information (PHI) of 1,622 Colorado residents was exposed when letters containing the sensitive information were sent to the incorrect households. The data breach, which affected patients who receive state healthcare benefits,...

OPM Data Breach Leads to Another Class Action Suit

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following the large scale OPM data breach that took place earlier this year. Judge Teresa J. McGarry...

Lawrence General Health Data Breach Due to Lost Flash Drive

Health data breaches due to misplaced flash drives seem to be a rising trend recently, as Lawrence General Hospital is yet another healthcare organization to report an incident. On August 7, the hospital put out a press release outlining the...

BYOD Use on the Decline Due to Health Data Security Risks

BYOD policies are seeing a slight decline in popularity, according to a recent Spok survey, and it may be due to health data security and the challenges it poses on personal mobile device use. According to the study, BYOD usage has dropped 15...

Health Data Security Vital for ‘Most Wired’ Cibola Hospital

The 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ survey was released last month by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Health data security and patient engagement...

How Information Governance Impacts Health Data Security

In two recent American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) white papers regarding information governance (IG) practices, health data security measures proved to be of great concern for healthcare professionals. In the first white...

How Does Data De-Identification Affect Clinical Research?

Health data de-identification can give healthcare organizations an opportunity to present data for research purposes in a way that does not compromise patient privacy. Clinical research in both the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are...

OhioHealth Missing Flash Drive Leads to Health Data Breach

After misplacing an unencrypted flash drive, OhioHealth has issued health data breach notification letters, according to a statement issued on the company’s website. OhioHealth discovered that the flash drive was missing on May 29. While...

Is Health Data Security Improved or Hindered with CISOs?

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are often thought of as having a critical role in a healthcare organization’s health data security measures. However, if a recent survey is any indication, not everyone else in the C-suite necessarily...

How Does Health Data Security Tie in to Patient Access?

Health data sharing, and letting patients have greater access to their own health data, are becoming increasingly popular topics in the healthcare industry. With technology evolving, more organizations are working to stay current, while also...

How Wireless Controls Can Impact Health Data Security

It’s a new kind of digital world out there, and it can impact an organization's health data security options. Healthcare organizations are working with new technologies which are improving productivity as well as patient care. These...

New Healthcare Identity Protection Services for BCBS Customers

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced earlier this week that its customers will have access to new healthcare identity protection services starting January 1, 2016. The new services will be available on an opt-in basis, and members...

Ark. BCBS Sends Data Breach Notification After Computer Theft

Potential data breach notification letters are being sent out to certain Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield members after two computers were stolen on June 16, 2015. The devices belonged to Treat Insurance Agency, which solicits applications from...

Data Error, Improper PHI Disposal Cause Security Concerns

An apparent case of improper PHI disposal and then another incident with a reported data error have created health data security concerns in two separate cities. A New York news station reported that some of the confetti used in the victory parade...

NY Cancer Institute ePHI Security Audit Shows Proper Policies

An ePHI security audit of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that the organization has a strong information security program, but could still improve in its risk assessment ability, ePHI access controls, and certain technical safeguard implementations....

Health Data Sharing Bill Passes House in 344-77 Vote

In a 344-77 vote, the US House of Representatives passed a health data sharing bill that has been hotly debated by various healthcare organizations. The 21st Century Cures bill is intended to overhaul drug development by giving researchers...

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