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Michigan Cybersecurity Breach Could Impact 22K Patients

February 9, 2017 - Flint, Michigan-based Singn and Arora Oncology Hematology is notifying 22,000 patients that some of their information may have been accessed in a cybersecurity breach, according to an ABC12 report. An unauthorized user reportedly accessed one of the organization’s servers between February 2016 and July 2016. However, the practice did not become aware of the incident until August...


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Michigan Cybersecurity Breach Could Impact 22K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Flint, Michigan-based Singn and Arora Oncology Hematology is notifying 22,000 patients that some of their information may have been accessed in a cybersecurity breach, according to an ABC12 report. An unauthorized user reportedly accessed...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

by Bill Kleyman

There was a recent Forbes article that analyzed the findings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which looked at the total number of breaches and impacted people in 2015. So, what did OCR find? In 2015, there were 253 healthcare breaches,...

Potentially Unencrypted Laptop Stolen from LA Hospital

by Kate Monica

On December 21, 2016, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group (CHLAMG) became aware of a potentially unencrypted laptop stolen on October 18, containing the personal health information...

Focusing on Audit Controls to Maintain PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Reviewing and securing audit trails, while also ensuring the proper tools to collect, monitor, and review those audit trails are in place are key audit control considerations for covered entities and business associates, according to the Office...

Protecting Your Healthcare Brand by Investing in Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

The modern trends around digitization and cloud have absolutely catapulted cybersecurity into the forefront of concerns for healthcare admins and IT decision makers. A recent Ponemon study, analyzing the cost of data breaches, found that the...

Utilizing Healthcare Authentication for Stronger Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Finding the right balance between security and convenience is often tricky for healthcare providers, especially as technology continues to quickly evolve. Implementing stronger access controls and healthcare authentication options can help ensure...

UMass Agrees to $650K OCR HIPAA Settlement after Allegations

by Elizabeth Snell

Following alleged HIPAA violations stemming from a malware infection that potentially exposed the ePHI of 1,670 individuals, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) agreed to an OCR HIPAA settlement. Along with adhering to a corrective...

What Lessons Can be learned from Recent Health Data Breaches?

by Elizabeth Snell

Several recent large-scale health data breaches have affected over 5 million individuals, including patients, employees, and providers. With more covered entities implementing connected devices, BYOD strategies, and working toward interoperability,...

Possible Microsoft Data Security Flaw Revealed in ‘Golden Key’

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations relying on Microsoft operating systems may want to take note of a recent potential data security issue, and make any necessary patches to ensure that patient information remains secure. Researchers MY123 and Slipstream...

How Insider Threats May Affect Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware attacks are becoming an increasingly major threat to covered entities, but if a recent report is any indication, insider threats could also lead to healthcare data security compromises. More than 200 C-level security executives and IT...

Vendor Healthcare Data Breach Exposes Info on 87K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Southeast Eye Institute, PA, or Eye Associates of Pinellas, has recently reported a possible healthcare data breach after an unauthorized party accessed patient files that were formerly managed by a third-party vendor. Approximately 87,314...

5 Healthcare Data Security Challenges and Solutions

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous healthcare data security challenges in the industry, and these challenges will only continue to evolve as technology becomes more complex and providers work to stay current. Healthcare cybersecurity threats are often thought...

Large Data Breaches Top Worry for Health Pros, Survey Shows

by Sara Heath

Large-scale data breaches, like the ones that have been affecting the healthcare industry in recent years, are a key issue in several industries. Numerous organizations are becoming highly concerned about the possibility of being affected by...

Stolen Laptop Leads to Possible Healthcare Data Breach in KS

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Valley Hope Association, a Kansas-based non-profit that provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment, recently announced a data security breach after a work-issued laptop containing patient information was stolen from an employee’s car...

ONC HIT Report to Congress Discusses Data Privacy, Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Health data privacy and security are just one of several potential barriers when it comes to modernizing and integrating the health IT infrastructure, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The ONC...

Phishing Scam Leaks Employee Information at NJ Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey recently announced that more than 5,000 employees at some of its facilities may be at the risk of identity theft following a phishing scam that potentially compromised their information. Facilities...

Hacking Accounts for 98% of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches due to hacking have increased immensely from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from Bitglass. In 2014, 68 percent of healthcare data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices containing health information,...

What are Top HIPAA Compliance Concerns, Obstacles?

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining HIPAA compliance should always be a key area for leaders in the healthcare industry, but as technology continues to evolve, there are numerous factors coming into play that could affect how organizations keep patient data secure....

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

by Sara Heath

Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

How Technical Safeguards Prevent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

As hacking and cyberattacks continue to occur and lead to healthcare data breaches, technical safeguards become increasingly important for healthcare organizations. Technical safeguards, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services...

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