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Healthcare Data Breach

Are Existing Issues a Key Healthcare Data Breach Cause?

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent survey indicates that varying priorities could potentially lead to data breaches, including possible healthcare data breaches. Not only is there a significant gap between organizations’ IT and security teams, but one of the leading...

More DDoS Attacks Show Need for Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks are up during the third quarter of 2015, reinforcing the healthcare industry’s growing concern for healthcare data security. According to an assessment performed by Akamai, all industries concerned...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

by Sara Heath

In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital statement,...

Oregon Data Breach Notification Law Goes Into Effect

by Elizabeth Snell

A new Oregon data breach notification law went into effect on January 1, and requires businesses and government agencies to notify the state attorney general of a data breach affecting more than 250 state residents. The Oregon Consumer Identity...

FAS Discusses Federal and State Data Breach, Security Laws

by Sara Heath

It seems as though 2015 was the year of the data breach, especially in the healthcare industry. As a means to regulate these data breaches and ensure adequate notification to individuals whose information had been compromised, several pieces...

Potential PHI Data Breach for Child Welfare Agency

by Elizabeth Snell

California-based child welfare agency Hillsides notified certain individuals that they may have been the victims of a PHI data breach after an employee sent internal files to a personal email address. Hillsides reported that it became aware of...

Boston Medical Center May Face Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Boston Medical Center could potentially face a lawsuit after a Massachusetts Superior Court judge deemed that a plaintiff had legal standing to sue the organization following a healthcare data breach. According to a Mintz Levin law firm blog...

Mental Health Record Data Breach for Wis. Clinic

by Elizabeth Snell

A Wisconsin counseling center recently reported a data breach that may have exposed mental health records for approximately 500 individuals. Fox River Counseling Center had an “unsecured laptop” stolen on October 23, according to...

87% of PHI Data Breaches Occur in the US, Verizon Reports

by Sara Heath

PHI is being accessed in healthcare data breaches at an alarming rate, and the United States is the prime location for those incidents, according to the first-ever Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report. The report shows that...

Patient Privacy Violated Following Employee Theft in Oregon

by Elizabeth Snell

Oregon-based Northwest Primary Care (NWPC) recently notified approximately 5,300 patients that some of their personal information was inappropriately accessed by a former employee. The patient privacy violation reportedly occurred when a former...

Visual Hacking Poses a New Healthcare Data Security Threat

by Sara Heath

Although the healthcare data security industry is heavily investing in precautionary measures on their technical devices, they are missing a less sophisticated gap in their security efforts: visual hacking. According to 3M, visual hacking is...

VA Reports PHI Healthcare Data Breaches Up 36% in November

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced approximately a 36 percent increase in PHI healthcare data breach incidents during the month of November, according to the agency’s most recent report to Congress. Although the VA saw...

HIPAA Compliance, Data Breaches Are Top 2015 Stories

by Elizabeth Snell

As 2015 comes to an end, it can be beneficial to review the top issues that covered entities and their business associates encountered on a daily basis. Understanding HIPAA compliance will be critical for 2016, especially as the Office for Civil...

Top 10 Healthcare Data Breaches of 2015

by Elizabeth Snell

This was a significant year for the healthcare industry in terms of data breaches. The top three healthcare data breaches alone combined to potentially affect nearly 100 million individuals. As 2015 comes to an end, HealthITSecurity.com reviewed...

Cyberattack Causes Healthcare Data Breach at MaineGeneral

by Sara Heath

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified MaineHealth as having experienced a cyber attack.  MaineGeneral Health will be sending out healthcare data breach notification letters to individuals who fell victim...

UCHealth Alerts Patients of Internal Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Colorado-based UCHealth is notifying approximately 800 patients of an internal healthcare data breach that resulted from an employee inappropriately accessing electronic patient files. According to a hospital statement, the incident was discovered...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Concern in 2016, Says Experian

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches are slated to be a continuing concern into 2016, according to an Experian Data Breach Resolution white paper. The white paper, which served as a 2016 data breaches forecast, explains that healthcare data security will...

Exposed Server Causes Cottage Health Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Nearly 11,000 patients have had their health information breached in a recent healthcare data breach at Cottage Health in California. According to a hospital statement, an outside IT security contractor was testing the provider’s data systems...

Data Breaches Lead to Growing Health Data Security Market

by Sara Heath

The health data security market is on a definitive upswing, according to a report from Grand View Research. In 2014, the market size was valued at $5.5 billion, and is expected to grow significantly from there. The cybersecurity market by end...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

by Sara Heath

After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data security...

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