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Understanding Health Data Security and Print Infrastructure

February 9, 2016 - The last two years have seen several high profile, costly health data security breaches from some major healthcare organizations including Anthem Healthcare, Premera Blue Cross BlueShield, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and UCLA Health System. These examples have served to highlight the importance of IT security for healthcare organizations. According to IDC, “Cybersecurity is one of...


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Evolution, Not Revolution Coming to Healthcare Data Security

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When it comes to protecting sensitive information and maintaining strong healthcare data security, it is not a matter of revolutionary changes, but rather evolutionary change, according to Kate Borten, president and founder of The Marblehead...

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”...

Lahey Hospital Agrees to $850K OCR HIPAA Settlement

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Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. (Lahey) agreed to an OCR HIPAA settlement that stemmed from a 2011 incident where an unencrypted laptop was stolen, potentially compromising the PHI of 599 individuals. Lahey was fined $850,000 as part of the settlement...

Florida Health Plan Data Breach After Mailing Error

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A Florida health plan is dealing with a potential data breach after a mailing error caused some members to receive the personal information of other members. CarePlus Health Plans announced that on September 18, a machine that was programmed...

Thefts Lead to Health Data Breaches for La., Vt. Providers

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Two recent health data breaches were reported after facilities in Louisiana and Vermont had laptops and other devices were stolen. Incidents like this further prove why healthcare organizations need to have physical, administrative, and technical...

Calif. Psychiatrist Reports Health Data Breach, PHI Theft

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California-based psychiatrist Robert E. Soper, M.D. recently notified patients of a health data breach after his car was broken into and a desktop computer containing patient PHI was stolen from the trunk of the car. Other pieces of equipment,...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

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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...

Health Data Breaches From Theft, Improper Disposal

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As often discussed on this site, health data breaches can stem from numerous areas. Covered entities and their business associates need to ensure they have a comprehensive data security plan, and are able to implement the necessary physical,...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Cyber Attack, Exposed Binders

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Health data breaches can occur because of numerous reasons, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive training measures and data security measures. All physical safeguards, technical safeguards and administrative...

A Review of Common HIPAA Physical Safeguards

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HIPAA physical safeguards are an essential aspect to any covered entity’s PHI security, but could easily be overlooked. Technical safeguards and administrative safeguards could easily be pushed to the forefront of a covered entity’s...

Why HIPAA Technical Safeguards Alone Are Not Enough

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HIPAA technical safeguards are an important part of any covered entity or business associate’s data security plan. However, that security measure by itself is not enough to ensure that a health data breach will never occur, according to...

Possible Health Data Breaches From Theft, Unauthorized Access

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Even when covered entities implement sophisticated cybersecurity measures, health data breaches can still happen. It is important to not overlook seemingly simple security measures, such as installing proper locks on doors or even having an alarm...

Why PHI Security Cannot be Forgotten When Entities Move

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PHI security is an essential aspect of healthcare data privacy for covered entities of all sizes. Each facility is different and will therefore benefit from different security measures. However, ensuring that PHI does not fall into the wrong...

ISMA Data Breach Reportedly from IT Head’s Stolen Devices

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The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) information technology administrator reportedly is the employee who had a laptop computer and two external hard drives stolen in February, potentially exposing the information of 39,000 patients and...

Lost Flash Drive Potentially Exposes Patient Information

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A South Carolina news station reported yesterday that a lost flash drive containing “limited patient information” pushed a hospital to send out notification letters. Roper St. Francis Hospital will send letters to approximately 360...

Identity Theft Allegedly Due to Stolen University Records

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Students at a Georgia university are claiming that they are victims of identity theft after their information, including some medical data, was reported stolen from a campus office back in September. Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia,...

HIPAA Physical Safeguards: A Basic Review

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Healthcare IT security administrators can also have a difficult time when it comes to ensuring that HIPAA physical safeguards are always followed. As technology continues to evolve, so does the healthcare industry. Laptops, tablets and cell phones...

Second Healthcare Data Breach Hits Tenn. Facility, Files Misplaced

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Two data breaches have now taken place from when a Tennessee health department moved into a new office space over the summer. The Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, Tennessee is facing its second data breach since July 2014. Earlier...

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