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Why EHR Vendors Are Next Healthcare Data Breach Target

February 11, 2016 - 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 hold extremely personal health data, such as lab results, dictated reports, prescribed medications and medical conditions. In 2015, we witnessed numerous...


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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Boston Medical Center May Face Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

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Boston Medical Center could potentially face a lawsuit after a Massachusetts Superior Court judge deemed that a plaintiff had legal standing to sue the organization following a healthcare data breach. According to a Mintz Levin law firm blog...

CHIME, HITRUST Comment On Cybersecurity Act Passing

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Healthcare cybersecurity will greatly benefit from the passing of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, according to industry stakeholders. Congress passed the bill last week, and both the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)...

87% of PHI Data Breaches Occur in the US, Verizon Reports

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PHI is being accessed in healthcare data breaches at an alarming rate, and the United States is the prime location for those incidents, according to the first-ever Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report. The report shows that...

VA Reports PHI Healthcare Data Breaches Up 36% in November

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced approximately a 36 percent increase in PHI healthcare data breach incidents during the month of November, according to the agency’s most recent report to Congress. Although the VA saw...

HIPAA Compliance, Data Breaches Are Top 2015 Stories

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As 2015 comes to an end, it can be beneficial to review the top issues that covered entities and their business associates encountered on a daily basis. Understanding HIPAA compliance will be critical for 2016, especially as the Office for Civil...

OIG: Healthcare Security Vulnerabilities at CA Facilities

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) found high-risk security vulnerabilities, some of which included healthcare security issues, at three California Medicaid managed-care organizations (MCOs). The vulnerabilities raise concern over system integrity...

Top 10 Healthcare Data Breaches of 2015

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This was a significant year for the healthcare industry in terms of data breaches. The top three healthcare data breaches alone combined to potentially affect nearly 100 million individuals. As 2015 comes to an end, HealthITSecurity.com reviewed...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Concern in 2016, Says Experian

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Healthcare data breaches are slated to be a continuing concern into 2016, according to an Experian Data Breach Resolution white paper. The white paper, which served as a 2016 data breaches forecast, explains that healthcare data security will...

Data Breaches Lead to Growing Health Data Security Market

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The health data security market is on a definitive upswing, according to a report from Grand View Research. In 2014, the market size was valued at $5.5 billion, and is expected to grow significantly from there. The cybersecurity market by end...

How Healthcare Cybersecurity is Affected by Recent CISA Bill

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The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 2015 (CISA) was passed in October of this year, which will create a framework for exchanging information regarding cybersecurity threats within the numerous industries – including healthcare. In...

OCR HIPAA Settlement Costs Triple-S $3.5 Million

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The latest OCR HIPAA settlement agreement will cost an insurance holding company $3.5 million stemming from numerous incidents where individuals’ PHI was violated.   Triple-S Management Corporation (TRIPLE-S), on behalf of its wholly...

OIG Identifies IT Security Issues Following OPM Data Breach

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Following the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit report detailing several IT security issues at the agency. Although the data breach...

LabMD Health Data Breach Case Dismissed

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Earlier this week an administrative law judge dismissed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD case over an alleged health data breach. The FTC alleged that LabMD “failed to reasonably protect the security of consumers’ personal...

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