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HIPAA Administrative Safeguards

HHS: Monroeville, Pa. did not breach HIPAA regulations

by Patrick Ouellette

As much as healthcare organizations, as well as the public HIPAA covered entities that handle patient data in some form, keep track of data breaches and government penalties for compliance failures, an organization being absolved of HIPAA breach...

Stanford Hospital, BAs agree to $4 million breach settlement

by Patrick Ouellette

As a result of a data breach that occurred back in 2010, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and a former contractor will reportedly have to dole out more than $4 million to settle a class action lawsuit. According to the San Jose Mercury News, 20,000...

St. Peter’s University Hospital uses patient identity matching

by Nicole Freeman

Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey has signed a three-year contract with Malta Systems to fully-implement the technology company’s Privasent system. The hospital began a pilot program with the patient identity...

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch exposes mental health data

by Nicole Freeman

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR) in Montana, a mental health treatment organization for children and teens, reported that its Community Based Services On-Call Binder was lost or destroyed sometime in 2013, according to a report from the...

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...

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...

Small organizations’ steps toward 2014 HIPAA audit readiness

by Patrick Ouellette

While working directly with healthcare organizations on the challenges that HIPAA and HITECH present, Tony Kong, Director of the West Monroe Partners healthcare practice, believes there are reasonable compliance steps that organizations can take...

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...

HIPAA audit preparation and compliance: BA effects on CEs

by Nicole Freeman

While the timetable for 2014 HIPAA audits has not been released, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun surveying covered entities and business associates (BAs) to gauge organizational preparedness for the upcoming OCR HIPAA Audit Program....

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...

Healthcare provider advice in gearing up for 2014 HIPAA audits

by Patrick Ouellette

With the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the midst of organizing its 2014 HIPAA auditing program, now is a good time for healthcare providers to begin assessing their state of compliance and determine their readiness for these potential audits....

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...

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