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Kentucky Health Center Ensures PHI Security After Email Gaffe

April 20, 2017 - On February 3, 2017, Women’s Care of Somerset (WCS) employees erroneously disclosed the email addresses of all recipients of an informative email regarding health-related services to the other recipients. According to a written press release, PHI security was not compromised as no personal or financial information of any kind was exposed in the incident besides recipient email addresses....


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Kentucky Health Center Ensures PHI Security After Email Gaffe

by Kate Monica

On February 3, 2017, Women’s Care of Somerset (WCS) employees erroneously disclosed the email addresses of all recipients of an informative email regarding health-related services to the other recipients. According to a written press release,...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

TN Updates Data Breach Notification Law for Encrypted Data

by Elizabeth Snell

Any person or business that conducts business in Tennessee is only required give data breach notification if the information acquired was unencrypted, according to a recently passed amendment. Amended Senate Bill 547 states that encrypted data...

55K Potentially Affected by Virus Encrypting Pediatric Servers

by Kate Monica

On February 6, 2017, ABCD Pediatrics discovered a virus had gained access to the healthcare organization’s servers and encrypted patient data. The Texas-based pediatric facility immediately contacted IT personnel to take all servers offline...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

Computer Virus Potentially Exposes PHI of 2.5K at OR Clinic

by Kate Monica

A technician at Lane Community College health clinic recently discovered a computer virus, which may have exposed the PHI of some patients, according to an online statement. The Oregon college health clinic stated the virus may have been sending...

VA University Health System Security Breach Impacts 2.7K

by Kate Monica

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System recently discovered a data breach potentially impacted over 2,700 patients, according to an announcement in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. On January 10, 2017, VCU Health System became aware...

Multnomah County Health Department Suffers PHI Breach

by Kate Monica

On August 24, 2012, a Multnomah County Health Department employee automatically forwarded all emails from an employee county email account to a personal Google email account not maintained by the Oregon county. Some of these emails included PHI,...

Congress Concerned on Patient Privacy with Healthcare.gov

by Sara Heath

Republican Senate and House committee leaders are asking government officials to provide them with information regarding potential patient privacy issues and security incidents that occurred on Healthcare.gov, the website for statewide health...

Wal-Mart Pharmacy Coding Error Causes Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Wal-Mart’s online pharmacy suffered a healthcare data breach last month after a software coding error led some customers to be able to view other customers’ data. According to a Reuters report, Wal-Mart underwent a 72-hour period...

$7.5M Healthcare Data Breach Settlement for St. Joseph Health

by Sara Heath

A class-action lawsuit against St. Joseph Health System for a 2012 healthcare data breach has been resolved, resulting in SJHS paying the class members $242 each, splitting the total settlement check of $7.5 million. According to court documents,...

Improper Disposal Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Oregon Data Breach Notification Law Goes Into Effect

by Elizabeth Snell

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

by Sara Heath

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...

Boston Medical Center May Face Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

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...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Concern in 2016, Says Experian

by Sara Heath

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...

Student PHI Security, Data Breaches Addressed in Calif. Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

To better address student PHI security, data breach protocol, and other data privacy and security issues, The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) recently released a guidebook to assist the state’s...

California Adopts Statewide Data Breach Notification Laws

by Sara Heath

In the wake of several recent large-scale data breaches, such as the UCLA Health System, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a law that would provide statewide regulations for data breach notification. The law, which comes as a three-bill...

Florida Health Plan Data Breach After Mailing Error

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Misprinted Letter Leads to Affinity Health Plan Data Breach

by Sara Heath

As health data breaches continue to be commonplace in the healthcare industry, it is important to recognize the various reasons for their occurrence. Although theft and hacking are commonly reported on, there are also many instances of health...

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