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Maryland DDA computer breach affects 9,700 clients

by Nicole Freeman

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) reported that its case management provider Service Coordination Inc.’s (SCI) computer systems were hacked between October 20 and 30. The breach compromised about 9,700 patients’...

Health Source of Ohio file breach affects 8,800 patients

by Nicole Freeman

Health Source of Ohio (HSO) reported a data breach after a file containing protected health information (PHI) for 8,800 patients was accessible on the internet from November 18, 2013 until the breach was discovered on December 24, 2013. The information...

Valley View Hospital virus breach affects 5,400 patients

by Nicole Freeman

Valley View Hospital (VVH) in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, discovered its computer system had been hacked on January 23, according to a statement on its website. An investigation from a third-party information technology forensic team found the...

Healthcare data encryption trends and methods

by Patrick Ouellette

There are varying responses from healthcare organizations and security experts when the question of why an organization would not encrypt its data is posed. For some, it’s a numbers game and their budget simply can’t fit encryption...

AHMC Healthcare reports 729,000-patient data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

About 729,000 patients’ data may have been compromised because two password-protected laptops with their data were stolen on October 12 from AHMC Healthcare Inc.’s administrative offices. Editor’s note: There has been an update...

UCSF 9,986 patients of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

UC San Francisco (UCSF) reported that computers were stolen from UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore around January 11, according to a statement on its website. While it is unclear how many devices were involved in the incident, UCSF has...

St. Joseph Health releases data from 11,800 patients

by Nicole Freeman

A St. Joseph Health of California employee accidentally sent patient protected health information (PHI) to healthcare investment firm Cain Brothers in February, according to a report from The Press Democrat. The data, which related to home health...

Human error tops Ponemon patient data security study threats

by Patrick Ouellette

The Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Patient Privacy & Data Security Study reviewed new and expanded threats of patient data security and privacy. Based on the results of the study, human error continues to be the biggest source of...

Cornerstone Neurology data breach affects 548 patients

by Nicole Freeman

Cornerstone Health Care in High Point, North Carolina reported a laptop containing information from 548 patients stolen from Cornerstone Neurology, according to a report from The Business Journal. The laptop disappeared sometime between December...

United Healthcare, Roper Hospital fax breach update

by Nicole Freeman

After mistakenly receiving faxes from a Wisconsin hospital for over a year, Oregon man Stephen Butler discovered that a second hospital, Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, has sent him a fax containing protected health information...

Using encryption at rest to enhance healthcare BYOD security

by Patrick Ouellette

The confluence of mobile devices being widely distributed within healthcare organizations and data breaches involving unencrypted devices means there’s been plenty of discussion about mobile device encryption. Since most of these breaches...

Iowa DHS reports data breach affects 2,042 clients

by Nicole Freeman

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has reported a data breach that compromised 2,042 individuals’ protected health information (PHI). The breach stemmed from DHS employees acting inappropriately while performing social work assessments...

Los Angeles County DHS reveals 168,000 patient data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) recently announced that it has begun notifying 168,000 patients of a data breach at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, which handles DHS’s billing and collections. Sutherland has...

HHS fines Skagit, Wash. $215K in first county HIPAA settlement

by Patrick Ouellette

As part of the first the first HIPAA violation settlement with a county government, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that Skagit County of Northwest Washington, agreed to a $215,000 monetary settlement and to...

Patient information breached after office computer theft

by Nicole Freeman

An office break-in may have comprised the protected health information (PHI) of patients at Dr. J.M. Benson’s Sherman, Texas practice, according to a report from the Herald Democrat. The incident was reported on January 5, 2014. During the...

Palo Verde Healthcare reports internal data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Palo Verde Healthcare District (PVHD) recently alerted an unknown number of patients with letters that a HIPAA violation had occurred involving their protected health information (PHI). Four former PVHD administrator employees a civil lawsuit...

Faxing error causes United Healthcare breach

by Nicole Freeman

A Portland, Oregon man has been receiving erroneous faxes containing protected health information (PHI) from Community Memorial Hospital patients through an apparent error with United Healthcare, an insurance company, according to a report from...

Triple-S receives $6.8M fine for HIPAA violation

by Nicole Freeman

Triple-S Salud, a Puerto Rican managed care company, has been fined $6.8 million by the Medical Insurance Administration (ASES in Spanish) after a HIPAA violation, according to a report from Caribbean Business. The breach occurred last year....

HIMSS14: Health data encryption rollout strategies for CIOs

by Patrick Ouellette

A key consideration when performing a risk assessment within a healthcare organization is how it plans on encrypting both data at rest and in motion. To help with these plans, Denis Tanguay, CIO, Central Maine Medical Center and Jeff Bell, CISSP...

VA risk management team expects data breach in year ahead

by Nicole Freeman

A memo from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has noted that the organization’s security standards are so lacking that a data breach is “practically unavoidable,” according to reports from CNBC and Military.com. The comment was made...

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