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VA Q2 Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Notification

July 21, 2015 - The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) released its Q2 report to Congress and is seeing a 12.2 percent increase in the number of data breach notification letters being sent out to veterans. In the Q2 report, the VA reported a total of 1,039 notification letters sent, while in Q1 the VA reported 926 notification letters sent. However, the VA reported a large decrease in the number of...


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VA Sees 51% Decrease in PHI Incidents for May

After a less than ideal April in terms of PHI incidents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that it had a 51 percent decrease in that type of data breach in May. The VA’s May report sent to Congress showed that PHI incidents...

PHI Incidents Decrease 34 Percent in January for VA

The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by 34 percent from December 2014 to January 2015, according to the latest report from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s most recent data report sent to Congress found...

Ill. News Station Uncovers Potential PHI Breach

A number of patients from Suburban Lung Associates in Illinois may face a protected health information (PHI) breach, when a local CBS affiliate received information that medical records had been found in a dumpster. According to the news station,...

PHI Data Breaches Increase 25% in 2014, Says Redspin Report

Last year, 164 PHI data breaches were reported to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), according to the fifth annual Redspin data breach report. That is a 25 percent increase over 2013 and approximately...

Why Secure Healthcare Technology Must Assist Daily Workflow

Facilities are working hard to keep pace with federal regulations for secure healthcare technology. It is not enough to simply install an EHR, but healthcare organizations need to prove that they are using it properly and in a way that keeps...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit TX and AZ Patients

Maintaining security measures and training can help prevent healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities should remain vigilant in their security measures and keep devices containing PHI locked away and encrypted to minimize the possibility...

PHI Security Compromised in Healthcare Data Breaches

Two healthcare data breaches compromised patients’ PHI security. When healthcare organizations fail to adhere to HIPAA requirements, patients’ PHI security can become compromised. Whether employees improperly dispose of medical records...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit Calif. & Ill. Facilities

Without the right physical, administrative and technical safeguards, facilities could face healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities must remain diligent in their security measures, whether it is preparing for potential online security...

Tennessee Hospice Investigated Over Potential HIPAA Violation

A potential HIPAA violation occurred after patient records at a Tennessee hospice wound up on the side of a highway. A hospice employee’s failure to properly shed patient records is being blamed as the culprit in a potential HIPAA violation...

Is PHI Security Strong Enough in the Workplace?

Workplace wellness programs are on the rise, but does that mean that PHI security is being put at risk? PHI security is often an issue relegated to healthcare providers and insurers. However, as health and wellness programs increase in popularity...

Virginia and California Face PHI Protection Problems

As technology continues to evolve, it should come as no surprise that healthcare facilities are finding more ways to store and transmit protected health information (PHI). However, it is crucial that facilities keep sensitive data secure. Virginia...

Patient Privacy Concerns Arise Over Cal INDEX HIE

Consumer Watchdog has raised concerns over a California HIE and potential patient privacy concerns. When implementing a new electronic health record (EHR), patient privacy and security issues should be a top priority for healthcare organizations....

Healthcare Employee Mistakenly Donates CDs with PHI

PHI was accidentally exposed after a healthcare employee mistakenly donated CDs with patient information. What started as a goodwill attempt to help children with their art projects, quickly turned into a potential healthcare data breach. A health...

Top 10 Healthcare Data Breaches for 2014

No facility wants to experience a healthcare data breach. Not only can patients’ protected healthcare information (PHI) be put at risk, but the organization’s reputation will be on the line. It can take time for a healthcare facility to recover....

PHI Security Concerns Could Stop Hospital System ​Sale

Congress attempts to block hospital system sale due to PHI security concerns. Eighteen members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation have written a letter to Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris in an attempt to block Prime Healthcare from...

Personal Data of 200,000 Compromised by Former Employee

A former employee improperly accessed the personal data of approximately 200,000 individuals. Often discussed on this website is the importance of healthcare organizations – and facilities that store individual’s healthcare information –...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Breaches Cost More than Others

A recent study underlines the costly recovery process that can stem from healthcare cybersecurity breaches. As previously discussed, healthcare cybersecurity breaches can have a costly and lengthy recovery process. Facilities must not only grapple...

Laptop with PHI Stolen from Oregon Employee’s Car

A personal laptop containing PHI was stolen from an Oregon health employee’s car while they were attending a work-related conference. Patients at an Oregon healthcare facility were notified this week that their protected health information...

Should HIPAA Compliance Let Researchers Access Patients’ PHI?

AMIA recommended that HIPAA compliance should allow researchers to gain access to patients’ PHI without their permission. Allowing health researchers to access patients’ PHI without their permission could be beneficial, according to the...

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