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Health Data Breach Adds to Latest UCLA Security Turmoil

by Sara Heath

Health data security has been a hot topic for the UCLA Health System as of late. The healthcare organization announced yet another health data breach on September 1. According to a hospital statement, UCLA will be sending out data breach notification...

HIPAA Compliance, Data Breaches Top Summer Stories

by Elizabeth Snell

The health data security world is constantly changing, as technology evolves and healthcare organizations work to maintain HIPAA compliance and keep pace with potential threat factors. The past few months have further proven that fact, and shown...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Hacking, Employee Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches can be caused by various incidents, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive safeguards in place. Two separate incidents at medical centers highlight the importance of this fact,...

Calif. Psychiatrist Reports Health Data Breach, PHI Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

California-based psychiatrist Robert E. Soper, M.D. recently notified patients of a health data breach after his car was broken into and a desktop computer containing patient PHI was stolen from the trunk of the car. Other pieces of equipment,...

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...

PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

by Sara Heath

PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

by Sara Heath

Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

Employee Negligence Top Health Data Breach Issue, Report Says

by Elizabeth Snell

A large portion of health data breach incidents are tied to insider activity, employee negligence, and physical theft of devices, according to a recent SurfWatch report. The 2015 Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report found that personal information is increasingly...

High-Profile Patients Prompt Internal Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

No matter the many safeguards against hacking and cyberattacks are put into place in hospital records, sometimes hospitals need to protect against their own employees’ nosiness as well. Such was the case for the Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit...

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

The protected health information (PHI) of 1,622 Colorado residents was exposed when letters containing the sensitive information were sent to the incorrect households. The data breach, which affected patients who receive state healthcare benefits,...

OPM Data Breach Leads to Another Class Action Suit

by Elizabeth Snell

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following the large scale OPM data breach that took place earlier this year. Judge Teresa J. McGarry...

Advocate Data Breach Lawsuit Decision Upheld

by Elizabeth Snell

An Illinois court cleared the case against Advocate Medical Group, saying that the Advocate data breach lawsuit was “clearly speculative” and lacked standing. The case against Advocate alleged that the organization had compromised...

Lawrence General Health Data Breach Due to Lost Flash Drive

by Sara Heath

Health data breaches due to misplaced flash drives seem to be a rising trend recently, as Lawrence General Hospital is yet another healthcare organization to report an incident. On August 7, the hospital put out a press release outlining the...

What Healthcare Can Learn from the OPM Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced earlier this summer that it had fallen victim to a large-scale cybersecurity attack. The OPM data breach further proved that regardless of size, all organizations need to ensure they have...

Health Data Breaches From Theft, Improper Disposal

by Elizabeth Snell

As often discussed on this site, health data breaches can stem from numerous areas. Covered entities and their business associates need to ensure they have a comprehensive data security plan, and are able to implement the necessary physical,...

Potential Health Data Breach for Montana Urology Clinic

by Elizabeth Snell

A Montana urology clinic reported a potential health data breach after it discovered in May that its storage unit that housed patient records was broken into and patient data was possibly accessed. Urology Associates sent data breach notification...

MIE Health Data Breach Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), months after it was discovered that a health data breach had taken place at the software company, potentially affecting millions of patients across the country....

Health Data Breaches Stem From Cyber Attack, Exposed Binders

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches can occur because of numerous reasons, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive training measures and data security measures. All physical safeguards, technical safeguards and administrative...

McLean Hospital Reports Health Data Breach, Affects 12,600

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based McLean Hospital announced this week that it had suffered from a health data breach, potentially affecting 12,600 individuals. McLean discovered on May 29, 2015 that four unencrypted backup data tapes were missing, according...

Children’s National Health Data Breach Leads to Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

Children’s National Health System is facing a class-action lawsuit following a health data breach where 18,000 patients potentially had their information compromised. The incident took place toward the end of 2014, and occurred when Children’s...

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