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Potential Bon Secours Data Breach Affects 655K Patients

August 15, 2016 - South Carolina-based Bon Secours Health System, Inc. announced last week that it experienced a potential healthcare data breach that may affect 665,000 patients. R-C Healthcare Management is a vendor that works with Bon Secours, and inadvertently made patient files available online as it attempted to adjust its computer network settings from April 18, 2016 to April 21, 2016, Bon Secours said...


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Stolen Patient Records in OH Lead to Potential PHI Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

An Ohio-area dental practice has notified 7,784 individuals of a potential PHI breach after patient records were stolen, reported the Office of Civil Rights on its website. In a HIPAA breach notification letter, Sunbury Plaza Dental explained...

Bizmatics Healthcare Data Breach Affects Another 22K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

North Ottowa Medical Group has identified a hacking incident at Bizmatics, an EHR vendor, as the source of a potential healthcare data breach, according to a press release. The Michigan-based medical group was notified by Bizmatics that servers...

Maryland Court Dismisses CareFirst Data Breach Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed after the CareFirst data breach from last year failed to demonstrate sufficient standing, according to a Maryland district court. Pamela Chambliss and Scott Adamson claimed in their case against CareFirst...

Planned Parenthood Health Data Breach Affects 2K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland faces a possible healthcare data breach affecting 2,506 patients after paper records were exposed during the closure of a healthcare center in Iowa, according to a company press release. Patients at the Dubuque...

Healthcare System Break-Ins Result in Potential PHI Breaches

by Jacqueline Belliveau

PruittHealth, a healthcare system in South Carolina, has investigated two break-ins at separate locations that may have resulted in PHI breaches. According to a public notice on its website, the healthcare system was notified of two break-ins...

EHR Data Potentially Exposed in Vendor Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Another medical center has reported a potential healthcare data breach stemming from a hacking incident affecting EHR vendor Bizmatics, according to a HIPAA notification letter on the ENT and Allergy Center’s website. The Office of Civil...

Over 19K Patients Notified in Potential EHR Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A Pennsylvania-based healthcare facility has fallen victim to a possible EHR data breach after unauthorized users hacked into its EHR system, which was managed by Bizmatics. Approximately 19,776 individuals were affected by the security incident...

Improper Employee Access Creates Potential Health Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

ProMedica, a healthcare organization in Ohio, has investigated a potential healthcare data breach after discovering several employees had inappropriately accessed the private medical records for patients they were not directly treating. According...

How a Proactive Approach Improves Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While healthcare data breaches were the most reported data security incident in 2015, it is not surprising that more organizations are employing or seeking a third-party managed security services vendor to help identify and react to healthcare...

Hackers Cause Possible Healthcare Data Breach for 40K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A Connecticut-based podiatry group is facing a possible healthcare data breach that has impacted approximately 40,491 individuals after hackers accessed network services, according to the Office of Civil Rights data breach report. An outside...

Vendor Healthcare Data Breach Exposes Info on 87K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Southeast Eye Institute, PA, or Eye Associates of Pinellas, has recently reported a possible healthcare data breach after an unauthorized party accessed patient files that were formerly managed by a third-party vendor. Approximately 87,314...

Malware Incident in MI Creates Potential PHI Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Michigan-based Complete Chiropractic and Bodywork Therapies has notified patients of a possible PHI data breach after a server was accessed by an unauthorized entity. According to the OCR’s data breach portal, approximately 4,082 individuals...

Hackers Access EHR Data in Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A medical group in Texas is facing a potential healthcare data breach that may have exposed patient and employee information after a hacking incident. Approximately 50,000 individuals were affected by the healthcare data security event at the...

Rise In Healthcare Data Breaches Cost Industry $6.2 Billion

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As a new story about hospital ransomware or a stolen laptop containing PHI seemingly emerges every day, it comes as no surprise that healthcare data breaches have steadily increased in frequency and severity since 2010. Researchers at the Ponemon...

Potential Healthcare Data Breach in OH Affects 59K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has reported a potential healthcare data breach that has affected 59,000 individuals. OhioMHAS announced that PHI was exposed after postcards were sent to patients who received...

Robbery at CA Practice Causes Possible Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A California-based chiropractic office has notified 600 patients of a potential healthcare data breach after the practice was burgled in early March, reported EastBayTimes.com. In an official statement, Vibrant Body Wellness explained that a...

Human Error Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare data breaches in 2015 were more likely to be caused by human error in the form of stolen or lost assets, insider and privilege misuse, and miscellaneous errors, such as improper device disposal or mishandling PHI, reported Verizon...

OCR HIPAA Settlement Costs New York Hospital $2.2M

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A recent Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA settlement agreement states a New York-based hospital must pay $2.2 million after it allowed unauthorized filming of patients, according a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release....

Potential Healthcare Data Breach Affects Over 19K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Pain Treatment Centers of America (PTCOA) and Interventional Surgery Institute (ISI), a healthcare network in Arkansas, has reported a potential PHI data breach after a vendor notified them of a hacking incident. According to OCR’s...

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