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Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

May 19, 2017 - After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps, MD, claim that they received notification letters of the incident in question on May 1, 2017. The hospital had reported the month prior that they had discovered...


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Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps, MD, claim...

Senators, AHIMA Voice HIT Security, Interoperability Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Proposed budget cuts and workforce reductions to HHS could have a potential negative impact on successfully implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, according to several senators. Specifically, HIT security, interoperability, and even advancing...

GAO Finds Information Security, Privacy Key IoT Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly becoming a popular option for healthcare organizations looking to improve communications and process more data. However, information security and privacy can be key challenges for numerous sectors,...

Maintaining HIPAA Privacy through Increased Patient Access

by Elizabeth Snell

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is not something that covered entities or business associates can afford to ignore, even as technology continues to evolve and patients have increased access to their own records. AHIMA raised a key issue though in a recent...

Calif. Patient Privacy Case Reaches State Supreme Court

by Elizabeth Snell

Oral arguments in a patient privacy case were presented to the California Supreme Court earlier this week, claiming that controlled substance prescription data collected and submitted to the state justice department should remain protected. In...

Prioritizing Healthcare Data Security in Aggregation, Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Data aggregation is quickly becoming a larger issue in healthcare, especially as organizations begin to switch over from fee-for-service models to value-based healthcare. As entities continue to gather, store, and transfer sensitive information,...

NY Computer Virus Raises Healthcare Data Security Concerns

by Kate Monica

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has been battling a computer virus that was discovered on its computer system early Sunday morning, causing concern over the organization’s healthcare data security. The hospital has voluntarily shut down...

ONC Reiterates Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Need in PMI

by Elizabeth Snell

The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a federal research program that hopes to improve how disease is treated, but there are still healthcare data privacy and security concerns. However, ONC explained in a recent blog post that keeping data...

Healthcare Data Breach Risk Higher in Larger Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. There is a “fundamental...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in Precision Medicine Push

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and put PHI at risk, precision medicine guidelines need to be updated to account for new health data privacy threats, according to a recent opinion piece published in the Oxford University Press. The...

St. Charles Privacy Incident Leads to DA Criminal Investigation

by Elizabeth Snell

Oregon-based St. Charles Health System recently announced a privacy incident where an employee accessed approximately 2,500 patients’ electronic medical information without authorization. St. Charles explained in an online statement that...

How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

by Elizabeth Snell

Concerns over HIE security and how patient data may be shared or accessed could lead to patients withholding some of their personal information, according to Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Blumenthal explained in a recent...

Metropolitan Urology Ransomware Attack Affects 18K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Wisconsin-based Metropolitan Urology Group (MUG) recently notified patients that it had experienced a ransomware attack on November 28, 206. MUG explained in a statement on its website that it became aware of the incident on January 10, 2017....

OIG Finds IT Weaknesses in MA Medicaid Management Info System

by Elizabeth Snell

The Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) was not adequately protected, which could have compromised the integrity of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. These...

Brand New Day Data Breach from Vendor System Access

by Elizabeth Snell

A California-based Medicare health plan is notifying approximately 14,000 patients that some of their information may have been compromised in a potential vendor data breach. Brand New Day became aware on December 28, 2016 that a contracting...

Maintaining Patient Data Privacy, Security in Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to efficiently share patient information can help providers in numerous ways, including avoiding readmissions, avoiding medication errors, and even in decreasing duplicate testing. With even more interoperability tools at the ready,...

Why Data Security is Critical with Healthcare Blockchain

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations are utilizing more electronic data than ever before, and many are working toward interoperability and connecting to HIEs. Data security measures cannot be an afterthought, and must be a top priority as covered entities...

Appeals Court Dismisses VA Data Breach Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, dismissed a data breach lawsuit earlier this month that alleged the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dorn VAMC) had violated the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Administrative Procedure...

26% of Consumers Report PHI Stolen in Healthcare Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, it should come as no surprise that individuals may find themselves the victim of a healthcare data breach. A recent survey shows that medical identity theft is a top result of these data...

DirectTrust Addresses Secure Messaging Adoption Barriers

by Elizabeth Snell

It is necessary for vendors to standardize and enhance their users' experience in handling inbound and outbound Direct secure messaging, DirectTrust explained in a recent white paper. A DirectTrust workgroup made more than 50 recommendations...

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