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OIG Identifies IT Security Issues Following OPM Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Following the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit report detailing several IT security issues at the agency. Although the data breach...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for...

Patient Health Data Second-Most Stolen Data Type, Says Study

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient health data is one of the most commonly stolen types of data, according to a recent study. The combination of health data and personally identifiable information (PII) is the second-most stolen data type, the TrendLabs 3Q 2015 Security...

LabMD Health Data Breach Case Dismissed

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this week an administrative law judge dismissed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD case over an alleged health data breach. The FTC alleged that LabMD “failed to reasonably protect the security of consumers’ personal...

Keystroke Logger Leads to Health Data Breach at KY Hospital

by Sara Heath

OH Muhlenberg, LLC recently experienced a keystroke logger cyberattack, which lead to a health data breach, according to a hospital statement. OH Muhlenberg was notified of this incident by the FBI on September 16, 2015. The FBI notification...

DHHS Has Second Email Health Data Breach in Two Months

by Sara Heath

For the second time in two months, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has experienced a health data breach due to an improperly encrypted email, according to WRAL.com. The incident, which occurred in September,...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing private...

Senators Seek HHS Health Data Breach Prevention Measures

by Sara Heath

In the wake of several large-scale health data breaches, members of both the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as well as the Senate Committee on Finance have co-signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services...

PHI Data Breach Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Rate

by Sara Heath

Nearly 90 percent of industries handling health information have experienced a PHI data breach, shows recent research from Verizon Enterprise Solutions. This data and other findings are expected to appear in the company’s PHI Data Breach...

Employee Theft Results in PHI Data Breach for 16K Children

by Sara Heath

Employee theft and improper disclosure resulted in a massive PHI data breach at Children’s Medical Clinics in Texas. According to the data breach notification letter sent out to potentially affected individuals, an employee took paper patient...

October VA Report Shows Improvement in PHI Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw a significant improvement in health data breaches for the month of October. The agency’s monthly report to Congress shows a 50 percent decrease in PHI-related incidents compared to the September...

Calif. Facility Reports Two Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

A California healthcare organization recently reported two separate healthcare data breaches that potentially exposed patients’ PHI. Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) announced on October 6, 2015 that some “small glass...

New Research System Helps Reduce Genomic Data Security Risks

by Sara Heath

Health data sharing is an important part of ensuring complete and effective healthcare research. However, it poses a significant risk to health data security and genomic data security. This conundrum is made evident in recent research by Sayush...

Healthcare Data Breaches Not Top Consumer Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Even with healthcare data breaches seemingly being reported every week, the majority of Americans are not overly worried about the security of their medical information, according to a recent survey. Vormetric found that 89 percent of individuals...

NYC Health Center Notifies 1,500 Patients of PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

A New York City medical and mental health center recently reported a potential PHI data breach after a laptop containing patient information was stolen, underscoring the importance of encrypting devices on which patient health data is stored....

S.C. Hospital Employee Violates Patient Privacy, Steals PHI

by Sara Heath

Although implementing adequate technical and physical safeguards to keep potential hackers from accessing patient health information is vitally important, those measures are sometimes not enough to prevent patient privacy violations and health...

PHI Data Breaches After Unsecure Email, Cybersecurity Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Two separate PHI data breaches at facilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma potentially compromised the information of approximately 5,700 individuals. While the two incidents were caused by different issues, they both further underline the importance...

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...

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