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Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

May 19, 2017 - After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps, MD, claim that they received notification letters of the incident in question on May 1, 2017. The hospital had reported the month prior that they had discovered...


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Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps, MD, claim...

Va. Data Breach Legislation Update Accounts for Payroll Data

by Elizabeth Snell

Virginia recently updated its data breach legislation to require notification should payroll data become compromised. The amended statute applies to employers or payroll service providers who experience unauthorized access and acquisition of...

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...

N.M. Senate Committee Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

A New Mexico data breach notification bill was recently passed by a state Senate Committee, and will move onto the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Los Alamos Daily Post.   Rep. Bill Rehm introduced House Bill 15, and explained...

Breach Notification Center of Presence Health HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare network Presence Health recently agreed to a $475,000 OCR HIPAA settlement following a reported data breach and a subsequent delayed breach notification process. Presence submitted a breach notification report to OCR on January 31,...

Mass. Launches Online Data Breach Notification Archive

by Elizabeth Snell

As part of the recently updated Massachusetts Public Records Law, the state’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation made its online Data Breach Notification Archive available to the public. Governor Charlie Baker signed the...

US-CERT Updates Cybersecurity Incident Notification Guidelines

by Elizabeth Snell

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) announced its new cybersecurity incident notification guidelines, which will go into effect on April 1, 2017. The guidelines will affect all Federal departments and agencies, as well as state,...

Encryption Aspect Amended in CA Data Breach Notification Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Starting in 2017, data breach notification will be required for instances when encrypted personal information of California residents has been breached and certain conditions are met, according to a recently amended state law. Previously, California’s...

FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guidance for Businesses

by Elizabeth Snell

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines the steps that businesses should take if they suspect that they have fallen victim to a data breach in a recently released data breach response guide and accompanying video. Along with securing physical...

IL Data Breach Notification Law to Include Healthcare Data

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Last month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed several amendments to a data breach notification law that would impact healthcare data security regulations starting in 2017. Under the revised Personal Information Privacy Act, protected personal...

Are State Health Data Breach Notification Laws Needed?

by Elizabeth Snell

State healthcare data breach notification laws are not always thought of first in covered entities’ approaches to their data security plans, as HIPAA regulations are likely top concerns. However, organizations will also be held to state...

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...

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...

Why Prompt Health Data Breach Notification is Essential

by Elizabeth Snell

Proper health data breach notification is a critical aspect of HIPAA that healthcare organizations must adhere to. Along with federal laws, there are often state and local data breach notification requirements that must also be followed. Without...

Illinois Governor Vetoes Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on a data breach notification bill that would have extended the type of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing, and geolocation...

Health Data Included in Ala. Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

A recently proposed data breach notification bill in Alabama could make it the 48th state to have such legislation in place. The bill was first introduced on March 3, 2015, and as of April 14, 2015, it is listed as being under “further...

Data Breach Notification Law Passes Unanimously in Wash.

by Elizabeth Snell

The Washington state Senate unanimously passed the proposed data breach notification law last week by a 47-0 vote. HB 1078 is designed to “strengthen the data breach notification requirements to better safeguard personal information, prevent...

Data Breach Notification Bill Fails to Pass N.M. Senate

by Elizabeth Snell

The New Mexico Senate did not pass a recently proposed data breach notification bill, even though the bill was unanimously passed by the House earlier this year. HB 217 required that businesses notify customers if their personally identifiable...

Senate Leaders Call for Anthem Data Breach Notification

by Elizabeth Snell

Data breach notification letters about the Anthem breach are not being sent out in timely enough fashion, according to Senate health committee leaders. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray wrote a letter...

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