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UCLA Health Data Breach Affects 4.5M Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

UCLA Health System reported last week that it was the victim of a cyber attack, leading to a health data breach potentially compromising the information of approximately 4.5 million patients. UCLA Health discovered the attack on May 5, 2015,...

Mayo Clinic Says 601 Patient Records Inappropriately Accessed

by Elizabeth Snell

The Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota reported that 601 patient records were inappropriately accessed by an employee. Mayo Clinic Public Affairs Manager Asia Zmuda confirmed in an email to HealthITSecurity.com that “an employee...

UPMC Reports Second Health Data Breach in Two Months

by Elizabeth Snell

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan recently reported a health data breach affecting 722 patients. This is the second health data breach reported at a UPMC facility in just under two months. A data file with certain...

Ark. BCBS Sends Data Breach Notification After Computer Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential data breach notification letters are being sent out to certain Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield members after two computers were stolen on June 16, 2015. The devices belonged to Treat Insurance Agency, which solicits applications from...

Unauthorized PHI Access at Ohio Hospital Affects 300 Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

An Ohio hospital is working to notify nearly 300 patients after unauthorized PHI access took place, potentially compromising their personal information. A University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center employee allegedly accessed “certain patient...

Health Data Breaches Lead to Lawsuits for Florida Hospital

by Elizabeth Snell

Florida Hospital suffered from two health data breaches over the last four years, and is now facing potential class action lawsuits. The first health data breach occurred when Florida Hospital employees Dale Munroe and Katrina Munroe were accused...

Conn. Governor Signs Data Breach Security Bill into Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Connecticut officially changed its data breach security notification process, as Governor Dannell Malloy signed a proposed bill into law earlier this week. S.B. 949 was designed in an effort to create greater assurances around data security for...

Unencrypted Laptop Stolen From UC San Francisco

by Elizabeth Snell

UC San Francisco reported that it experienced a potential health data breach after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from a faculty member. The device belonged to a faculty member in the Cardiac Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia Service, according...

Orlando Health Data Breach Affects 3,200

by Elizabeth Snell

An employee’s unauthorized access of 3,200 patient medical records has caused a potential health data breach at Orlando Health. During a routine patient record access audit on May 27, 2015, Orlando Health discovered that a certified nursing...

Routine Audit Reveals PHI Data Breach for Md. Medical Center

by Elizabeth Snell

A Maryland medical center conducted a routine audit and discovered that a PHI data breach had taken place, affecting approximately 1,000 patients. Meritus Health was running “routine compliance and self-audit efforts” on May 4, 2015,...

UC Irvine Health Data Breach Affects 4,800 Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

UC Irvine Medical Center announced last week that an employee viewed thousands of patient records over a four-year period “without a job-related purpose,” potentially compromising the information of 4,859 patients and leading to a...

Unencrypted Flash Drives Missing from S.C. EMS Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

South Carolina EMS patients may have been the victims of a potential health data breach after unencrypted flash drives and hard drives used as back-up storage devices were discovered to be missing from a storage facility. Lancaster County employees...

PHI Exposed in Medical Informatics Engineering Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Editor's note: This article was updated on July 24, 2015. Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) announced last week that PHI was potentially exposed for patients of certain MIE clients. MIE became aware of suspicious activity on one...

PHI Data Breaches for NY, Texas Organizations

by Elizabeth Snell

PHI data breaches can impact both patients and the healthcare facility that experienced the breach. Patients may have to work to ensure that their personal information is not used maliciously, while covered entities or their business associates...

Potential PHI Data Breach at Calif. Youth Center

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a potential PHI data breach at a California-based youth center, with notifications being sent out to approximately 6,800 individuals. The Fred Finch Youth Center (FFYC) announced earlier this week that a break-in occurred at one of...

Improper Disposals Lead to Potential Health Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Preventing potential health data breaches requires healthcare organizations to have the necessary physical, technical and administrative safeguards in place. If one area is lacking, or is simply overlooked, it does not matter how strong the other...

Conn. Data Breach Security Bill Moves Forward

by Elizabeth Snell

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is expected to sign a data breach security bill into law that would grant greater protections to consumers. Senate Bill 949, An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness, was unanimously passed by...

UPMC Health Data Breach Lawsuit Dismissed

by Elizabeth Snell

A Pennsylvania judge dismissed the health data breach lawsuit that had been filed against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) last year. Former UPMC employees filed the lawsuit after a data breach compromised the information of...

Did Failed Administrative Safeguards Cause Two Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

This site constantly underlines the importance of healthcare organizations keeping all of their safeguards up to date, as anything from failed administrative safeguards to failed physical safeguards can create privacy and security issues. Without...

Health Data Breaches Expose Info. in NH, NJ and NY

by Elizabeth Snell

Three recent different health data breaches affected individuals in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York. While not connected, these incidents further underline the importance for comprehensive security measures. Anything from human error...

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