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North Country Hospital has second breach in 4 months

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a regulatory citation to North Country Hospital in Newport, Vermont after two unauthorized employees accessed confidential medical records, according to a report from WCAX.com. The incident...

LabMD winds down operations after FTC motion rejection

by Patrick Ouellette

After numerous attempts to assert that Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) didn’t have the necessary authority to take data security enforcement action against it after a breach, LabMD is throwing in the proverbial white towel and will wind...

House Veterans Committee seeks answers in latest VA breach

by Nicole Freeman

The House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller is seeking answers from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to 18 questions regarding the Veterans Affairs Department’s (VA) latest security incident, according to a report from Federal...

FTC sees no conflict with HHS in HIPAA jurisdiction

by Patrick Ouellette

In the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) eyes, its enforcement authority under the FTC Act doesn’t clash with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) role in regulating HIPAA. According to bna.com, the FTC voted 4-0 to reject...

UC Davis notifies 1,800 patients of email breach

by Nicole Freeman

UC Davis Health System is notifying 1,800 patients of a data breach stemming from a phishing scam, according to reports from The Sacramento Bee and News10.net. Three doctors’ email accounts were affected by the malicious software. The incident...

Horizon BCBS officials appear before NJ Senate panel

by Nicole Freeman

Officials from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) came before a New Jersey Senate panel regarding their November 2013 data breach, according to a report from NJ.com. Two unencrypted laptops containing protected health...

Texas psychiatric hospitals suffer 5 breaches in 6 months

by Nicole Freeman

An investigation of Texas state records conducted by the Austin American-Statesman has revealed five security breaches in the last six months at Texas’ public psychiatric facilities. At Big Springs State Hospital in West Texas, an employee...

Saint Francis Hospital (Conn.) announces 858-patient breach

by Patrick Ouellette

In alerting 858 patients that their paper records had been stolen from a doctor’s vehicle on December 27, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center was able to let them know of the breach quicker than many other organizations. But there are...

Exco In Touch completes HIPAA, NIST audit

by Nicole Freeman

Exco In Touch, a data capture vendor for healthcare providers, announced that it has successfully completed a HIPAA compliance audit using National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines. The NIST guidelines were published in...

Paper records stolen from CaroMont employee car

by Nicole Freeman

Paper records for 191 patients of CaroMont Regional Medical Center were stolen from an employee’s car in Dallas on December 16, according to a report from the Gaston Gazette. The records were part of a census report created by the hospital....

Law firm iOS app aggregates federal, state breach statutes

by Patrick Ouellette

While Fox Rothschild LLP’s new Data Breach 411 iOS application shouldn’t be the sole resource healthcare organizations and their business associates (BAs) use when responding to data breaches, the app may be useful for compliance...

Southwest General notifies 480 patients of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

Southwest General Health Center of Ohio is notifying more than 480 patients involved in an obstetrics study of a missing binder containing patient information, according to reports from Fox 8 Cleveland and Cleveland.com. The binder has been missing...

N.C. DHHS secretary apologizes for Medicaid data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) secretary Aldona Wos apologized on Tuesday at a legislative committee meeting in response to last month’s Medicaid card breach that affected 48,752 patients. While apologetic,...

Phoebe Putney Memorial notifies 6,777 patients of breach

by Nicole Freeman

The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (PPMH) in Albany, Georgia is notifying 6,777 patients of a potential data breach after an unencrypted desktop computer was found missing on November 6, according to reports from WALB.com, WTVM.com and The Florida...

Notices of stolen S.C. insurance data sent 2 months after theft

by Nicole Freeman

A South Carolina state-mandated health insurance program notified customers of a laptop theft two months after the theft was reported, according to GoUpstate.com. The laptop contained information from 3,432 customers who had used the program...

Kentucky auditor makes case for data breach notification law

by Patrick Ouellette

Most healthcare organizations are aware of breach notification requirements on a federal level, but most states have rules and regulations for notifying patients of a data breach. However, Kentucky is not one of those states and its auditor recently...

Laptop stolen from N.M. Oncology and Hematology Consultants

by Nicole Freeman

A laptop was stolen from an employee office at New Mexico Oncology and Hematology Consultants, Ltd. (NMOHC), according to a statement on their website. The theft was discovered on November 13, 2013, and was reported to the police. The laptop...

Layered Tech guides start-ups on HIPAA compliance

by Nicole Freeman

Layered Tech, a cloud services and managed hosting provider, announced today it will work with Dallas-based healthcare investor Health Wildcatters. Layered Tech will offer HIPAA guidance for startup companies taking part in Health Wildcatters’...

Update: Nearly 49,000 Medicaid cards incorrectly mailed

by Nicole Freeman

Health officials in North Carolina announced a Medicaid mix-up involving more than 48,000 children, according to a public release from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The cards were issued to patients being switched...

Omnicell data breach suit dismissal: Healthcare ramifications

by Patrick Ouellette

A lawsuit against Omnicell stemming from a 2012 health data breach was recently dismissed, in part, because the plaintiff failed to prove damages related to the breach. The interesting part of the dismissal, however, was that there were four...

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