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Misprinted bills expose Penn patient information

by Nicole Freeman

University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn) patients received bills containing both their information and that of other patients, according to a report from Philly.com. RevSpring, a Michigan-based billing vendor used by Penn, believes the...

Former resident physician drops case against Iowa hospital

by Nicole Freeman

Former resident physician Dr. Julie C. Howard has dismissed her lawsuit against Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, according to the Globe Gazette. Howard had filed the suit, accusing Mercy of breach of contract, in June of 2011 in Cerro Gordo County...

Patients file class suit v. Kaiser for data breach damages

by Patrick Ouellette

Considering nearly 49,000 Kaiser Foundation Hospital Orange County - Anaheim Medical Center patients were affected by Kaiser’s September 25 data breach, it’s not all that surprising that a class-action lawsuit has been filed under...

Barnabas Health sends patient data breach notifications

by Patrick Ouellette

Barnabas Health of New Jersey has sent notification letters to 1,100 pediatric specialty center patients explaining that their data may have been compromised as a result of an unencrypted laptop being stolen on Sept. 24, 2013. In a sample notice...

Barry University notifies patients of May data breach

by Nicole Freeman

Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute patients are being notified of data breach after a school laptop was infected with malware in May, according to the Miami Herald. The university hired a computer forensic company to remove the malware...

Colorado Medicaid notifies 1,918 patients of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

Information from 1,918 Colorado Medicaid patients was breached after a temporary employee from outside contractor Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) sent the information to his or her own personal email address, according to reports from...

Can education fill health cybersecurity professional gaps?

by Patrick Ouellette

There is an undeniable cybersecurity talent shortage in the U.S., as explained by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 in a recent report on federal cybersecurity. Even more granularly, most in the...

Update: Dermatology practice pays HHS $150,000 in HIPAA fines

by Nicole Freeman

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in a press release yesterday that Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. (APDerm) of Concord, Mass., will pay $150,000 in fines stemming from a 2011 data breach. On Sept. 14, 2011,...

Will next-generation encryption technology affect healthcare?

by Patrick Ouellette

One way or another, if they haven’t already, healthcare organizations will be shopping for data encryption technologies in 2014. Along with the basic encryption interests will come the need for innovation and forward-thinking, so now is...

Laptop stolen from Inspira Medical Center Vineland

by Nicole Freeman

A laptop containing patient information was stolen from the radiology department at Inspira Medical Center Vineland in New Jersey, according to reports on TheDailyJournal.com and NJ.com. The computer was reported missing from an unsecured filing...

Wash. Memorial VA endures 1,519-patient health data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center (VAWW) of Walla Walla, Washington mistakenly sent 1,519 patients’ data to an external education partner on November 1, according to PHIPrivacy.net. While the exact types of exposed...

Tennova Cardiology subcontractor breach affects 2,777 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

Tennova Cardiology of East Tennessee has informed 2,777 patients via notification letter that their data was compromised following the theft of an unnamed third-party transcription contractor’s unencrypted laptop from their car on October...

Healthcare’s most significant data breaches of 2013

by Nicole Freeman

As 2013 comes to a close, we at HealthITSecurity.com took a look at some of the largest and most unusual data breaches that happened this year. From reports affecting over 4 million people to inappropriate internal employee conduct, 2013 has...

USH-Pruitt reports two data breaches in two weeks

by Nicole Freeman

In case of strange coincidence, Georgia’s UHS-Pruitt Corporation reported two missing laptops within a two-week period, according to a posting on Georgia Public Notice and a press release from UHS-Pruitt Corporation. As reported on PHIPrivacy.net,...

S.C. Comprehensive Psychological Services has 3,500-patient breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Comprehensive Psychological Services LLC of South Carolina recently reported a data breach in which it alerted 3,500 patients that a laptop with protected health information (PHI) was stolen from the practice’s office on October 28, according...

Fairfax County, Va. reports data breach to 1,499 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

The Fairfax County, Va. Health Department has informed 1,499 patients who received care at Bailey’s Health Center of Falls Church, Va. that their data had been exposed as a result of a downstream data breach. Fairfax contractor Molina...

Cottage Health System alerts 32,755 patients of data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Cottage Health System of California recently notified 32,755 patients via mail that their data may have been inadvertently exposed on Google after a third-party vendor removed electronic security protections from one of its servers. According...

More than 11,000 dental patients’ data shared on torrent site

by Nicole Freeman

A data breach at Lanap & Dental Implants of Pennsylvania has left thousands with their protected health information (PHI) available for download on file sharing websites, according to a report in WNEP.com. Between 5,000 and 11,000 patients...

UConn Health Center investigating second 2013 data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center is in the process of handing an insider data breach involving the medical records of 164 patients. It learned of the breach on November 4 and has sent letters to all patients whose data...

San Jose, Ca. surgeon notifies 8,900 patients of laptop theft

by Nicole Freeman

Dr. Stephen T. Imrie, an orthopedic surgeon based in San Jose, informed 8,900 of his patients of a missing laptop containing patient information, according to PHIPrivacy.net. The password-protected computer was stolen during a robbery of his...

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