Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Breach

Phishing Scam Leaks Employee Information at NJ Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey recently announced that more than 5,000 employees at some of its facilities may be at the risk of identity theft following a phishing scam that potentially compromised their information. Facilities...

CA Data Breach Report: Healthcare Data Encryption Necessary

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption is a “particular imperative,” and one that should also be considered for other organizations when it comes to protecting personal data stored on laptops, desktop computers, and mobile devices, according...

Hollywood Presbyterian Pays $17,000 after Ransomware Attack

by Sara Heath

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) has paid $17,000 after a ransomware attack, which encrypted its EHR and demanded the sum of money in exchange for the encryption key. According to a public statement from the hospital, there is no...

Lessons Learned from 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Last year was filled with healthcare data breaches, with the top three alone combining to affect nearly 100 million individuals. Will 2016 hold the same potential threats to covered entities? How can healthcare organizations best prepare for...

Healthcare Data Breach in CA Caused by Impersonation Scam

by Sara Heath

Magnolia Health Corporation (MHC) has reported a potential data breach due to a likely scam that has affected all active MHC employees and its affiliated facilities. According to a public announcement made by MHC, a third-party individual impersonated...

Auditing Company Reports Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Auditing company Seim Johnson recently reported a potential healthcare data breach that could affect over 30,000 individuals. Nebraska-based Community Hospital might be one of the affected facilities, as it announced earlier this week that it...

Why EHR Vendors Are Next Healthcare Data Breach Target

by Mark Menke of Digital Guardian

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is a hackers’ gold mine for valuable, sensitive data. Along with private information like patients’ names, mailing addresses, email aliases and dates of birth, healthcare firms also...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

Majority of 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches Due to IT Hacking

by Sara Heath

This past year saw over one million patient health files breached through nearly 258 large-scale healthcare data breaches. According to Redspin’s recent Breach Report 2015: Protected Health Information (PHI), 98 percent of those breaches...

Potential Medicaid Data Breach for 13K Louisiana Recipients

by Elizabeth Snell

The Louisiana Attorney General’s office recently announced that an individual was arrested on Medicaid fraud charges, stemming from stolen Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHCC) information. LHCC explained in a statement on its website...

Are Patients Concerned with Their Healthcare Data Security?

by Sara Heath

Despite increasing healthcare data security concerns, consumers appear to trust the healthcare industry with their personal information the most compared to other industries. According to a report from TRUSTe and the National Cybersecurity Alliance,...

More Hospitals Invest Spending in Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Hospitals are responding to healthcare data security threats, with nearly 29 percent of them targeting facility IT spending toward increased security, according to a recent IDC study. Over the course of the past year, healthcare data security...

Hacking Accounts for 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches due to hacking have increased immensely from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from Bitglass. In 2014, 68 percent of healthcare data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices containing health information,...

Improper Disposal Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP) reported that patient records were found in a recycling dumpster on November 27, 2015. CMHP said it was contacted by law enforcement about the records, and that it immediately sent employees to the recycling...

PHI Healthcare Cloud Security Still Too Low, Report Shows

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry has vastly more PHI related policy violations when it comes to cloud security, according to Blue Coat Elastica Cloud Threat Labs Q4 2015 Shadow Data Report. Although the healthcare industry clearly has the most PHI...

Centene Healthcare Data Breach Affects 950K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Centene Corporation announced that it experienced a potential healthcare data breach that may affect approximately 950,000 individuals. Centene reported that there is an ongoing search for six missing hard drives, which were unaccounted for in...

Mont. Facility Reports Healthcare Data Breach Affecting 28K

by Elizabeth Snell

Montana-based New West Health Services d/b/a New West Medicare recently reported a potential healthcare data breach following a laptop theft. While the New West announcement did not specify how many individuals were potentially affected, the...

VA Sees 60% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches in December

by Sara Heath

In its December monthly report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has reported a near 61 percent decrease in PHI-related healthcare data breaches since November. This is a welcomed change to last month’s 36 percent...

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the following: Physical...

St. Luke’s Cornwall Data Breach Due To Missing Thumb Drive

by Elizabeth Snell

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) reported a potential healthcare data breach after a USB thumb drive was stolen on October 31, 2015. After an investigation, SLCH determined that the thumb drive “appears to have included a file”...

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