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Planned Parenthood Health Data Breach Affects 2K Patients

July 14, 2016 - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland faces a possible healthcare data breach affecting 2,506 patients after paper records were exposed during the closure of a healthcare center in Iowa, according to a company press release. Patients at the Dubuque location treated between August 2008 and April 2014 may have had some of their PHI accessed by an unauthorized entity following the closure and sale...


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FDA Drafts Health Data Sharing Guidance for Medical Devices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to recent draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical device manufacturers can look to new health data sharing guidelines to help relieve previous patient privacy concerns. “Although not generally required...

Healthcare Cloud Security Concerns Not Impediment to Usage

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Public and private cloud solutions are gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, especially for data storage and network usage, despite issues surrounding healthcare cloud security and PHI data breaches. Researchers at HyTrust recently published...

Do Employee Errors Jeopardize Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many people have heard the adage that humans are not perfect. But, when it comes to patient information, human imperfections can lead to serious healthcare data security issues. In a recent survey from Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon...

How Rise in Phishing Attacks Affects Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many healthcare organizations and business associates are constantly working to prevent phishing attacks from compromising healthcare data security. Yet, cyberattacks were still the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015 and recent studies...

Providers Seek Cloud Solutions for Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While cloud solutions are advancing HIE and patient engagement strategies, more providers are focusing on how cloud services can be integrated into types of healthcare data security policies. According to a survey by Level 3 Communications Inc....

Preparing for Online Attacks in Hospital Data Security

by Tom DeSot of Digital Defense, Inc.

Following recent headlines highlighting online attacks to hospital data security around the country, many are discussing the growth of not only ransomware, but various methods of targeted attacks and how to stop them. One way is for hospitals...

OIG Finds Information Security Issues with VA Audit Logs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to a recent VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, the Veterans Benefits Administration neglected to implement appropriate audit logs that would identify information security violations in the Veterans Benefits Management System...

Human Error Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare data breaches in 2015 were more likely to be caused by human error in the form of stolen or lost assets, insider and privilege misuse, and miscellaneous errors, such as improper device disposal or mishandling PHI, reported Verizon...

Will Healthcare Data Encryption be Impacted by NIST Guide?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers and other covered entities under HIPAA regulations may have a new resource on healthcare data encryption standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST released the final draft of “NIST...

Potential Healthcare Data Breach Affects Over 19K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Pain Treatment Centers of America (PTCOA) and Interventional Surgery Institute (ISI), a healthcare network in Arkansas, has reported a potential PHI data breach after a vendor notified them of a hacking incident. According to OCR’s...

VA Reports 41% Decrease in PHI Data Breaches in March

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In its March report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has witnessed a 41 percent decrease in the total number of veterans affected by a potential PHI data breach since February. The report revealed that there were 417...

Unsecured Database Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A Pennsylvania-based healthcare network is facing a possible healthcare data breach after one of its databases was left unsecured on its website, according to a recent press release. Einstein Healthcare Network stated that approximately 3,000...

AHA Calls for Strong Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) aims to help providers develop and share approaches to developing strong healthcare cybersecurity measures through its Cybersecurity webpage, according to a recent blog post. The webpage is dedicated to...

Are Third-Parties Compromising Healthcare Data Security?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the recent spike in healthcare data breaches, it is pertinent that healthcare organizations implement and understand healthcare data security positions of third-party vendors, but most companies claim that they do not have the resources...

MedStar Ransomware Attack Caused by Known Security Flaw

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Last month’s ransomware attack on MedStar Health’s computer systems was from a well-known security vulnerability in an application server, according to an Associated Press article. The ransomware attack occurred after hackers discovered...

Computer Virus Possibly Exposes PHI in Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Mercy Iowa City, an acute care hospital and regional referral center, recently announced that it experienced a possible healthcare data breach after discovering a computer virus. While Mercy Iowa City did not state how many individuals were affected,...

NIST Group to Fund Healthcare ID, EHR Security Pilot Project

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office has announced a new funding opportunity for innovations in federating identity credentials across the healthcare industry and promoting EHR security, according...

New Business Associate Group Talks Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) recently announced the establishment of the HITRUST Business Associate Council (BA Council), which provides healthcare business associates and vendors with a forum for discussing third-party healthcare...

Healthcare Data Breaches Most Common in 2015 Incidents

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare data breaches accounted for the most data security incidents in 2015, the second annual Baker Hostetler Data Security Incident Response Report stated. The report analyzed the lessons learned from over 300 data security incidents that...

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