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NY Health Data Breach Affects Persons with Disabilities

by Sara Heath

A health data breach involving the allegedly stolen protected health information (PHI) of individuals with disabilities has occurred, according to the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), an advocacy group for individuals with disabilities. According...

Ark., Md. Providers Notify Patients of Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

Recently, two health data breaches were reported in Arkansas and Maryland. Although neither of these incidents included billing or Social Security information, they did both result in HIPAA notification letters due to potential PHI disclosure....

VA September Report Shows 292% Increase in PHI Disclosure

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has released its September report to Congress, detailing various health data breach incidents within the agency. For September, the VA reports a major increase in how many veterans have been affected...

Medicaid Data Breach, Security Issue at NC and CA Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

A Medicaid data breach and a separate data security incident were reported at two facilities recently, further showing why organizations that handle patient data need to have comprehensive and current data security plans in place. HIPAA covered...

OU Health Data Breach from Stolen Laptop Affects Over 9,000

by Sara Heath

Although healthcare providers often report taking mobile device security seriously, health data breaches due to lost or stolen laptops still do occur. Such was the case at the University of Oklahoma Department of Urology, according to a recent...

Accenture: Healthcare Cyberattacks to Hit $305B Over 5 Years

by Elizabeth Snell

There is no question that healthcare cyberattacks can be particularly devastating to the industry, especially as several recent large-scale data breaches have shown how far reaching such attacks can be. However, a recent survey from Accenture...

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...

Stolen Computer Hard Drives Lead to Health Data Breach in VA

by Sara Heath

Health data security breaches continue to be an issue for healthcare providers. In recent events, Sentara Heart Hospital, located in Norfolk, VA, has issued health data breach notification letters to over 1,000 patients after computer hard drives...

Theft, Printing Error Lead to Health Data Breaches in IL, NC

by Elizabeth Snell

Two separate health data breaches were recently reported at facilities in Illinois and North Carolina. While the two have different causes, healthcare organizations should still take note to ensure that they do not experience identical situations,...

Possible Health Data Breaches From Fraud, Online Exposure

by Elizabeth Snell

Two separate incidents in New Jersey and California led to potential health data breaches, further showing why covered entities need comprehensive security measures. Everything from technical safeguards to proper employee training will help to...

VA Reports 86% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has released its August report of health data breaches to Congress. In general, the VA reports a dip in reported incidents and a significant decrease in PHI related incidents compared to the July...

Molina Healthcare PHI Data Breach May Cause Identity Theft

by Sara Heath

Molina Healthcare issued PHI data breach notification letters to current or former members explaining that their PHI had been breached for fraudulent purposes. According to a copy of the letter, CVS, the over-the-counter (OTC) vendor for Molina...

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

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Sutter Health Data Breach Affects 2,500 Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

A former employee reportedly emailed patient information without authorization, leading to a Sutter Health data breach. Sutter Health explained in a statement on its website that 2,582 patients are potentially affected, and that with the exception...

Learning from the Excellus Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week Excellus BCBS reported that it was the latest victim of a large scale cybersecurity breach. The Excellus data breach affected approximately 7 million Excellus patients, as well as 3.5 million members of its non-Blues subsidiary, Lifetime...

Are Health Data Breaches Becoming Too Common?

by Elizabeth Snell

It seems that every week another healthcare provider or health insurer has fallen victim to a health data breach. Smaller entities are not even the ones always making headlines either, as large companies seem to just as likely to be infiltrated...

Excellus BCBS Data Breach Affects 7M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (Excellus BCBS) announced that it had been the victim of a cyber attack, and approximately 7 million individuals potentially had their information exposed. The Excellus BCBS data breach was discovered by the healthcare...

Health Data Breaches Account for 21% of Total Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches continued to account for the most amount of data breaches for the first half of 2015, according to Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. Specifically, health data breaches accounted for 21.1 percent of the total number of incidents,...

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