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Appeals Court Dismisses VA Data Breach Lawsuit

February 23, 2017 - 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 Act (APA). Plaintiffs claimed that earlier reported data breaches at Dorn VAMC created an “increased risk of future identity theft,”...


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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...

Multnomah County Health Department Suffers PHI Breach

by Kate Monica

On August 24, 2012, a Multnomah County Health Department employee automatically forwarded all emails from an employee county email account to a personal Google email account not maintained by the Oregon county. Some of these emails included PHI,...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Attacks Rise 320% from 2015 to 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

Most of the 2016 healthcare data breaches stemmed from hackers, with an overall increase in healthcare cybersecurity attacks of that kind rising 320 percent, according to recent research from Redspin. Specifically, 81 percent of the breached...

Nearly Half of Surveyed Patients Worried Over PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

With the majority of healthcare data breaches in 2016 stemming from either a hacking or IT-related incident or unauthorized access or disclosure, it should not be a surprise that more patients are concerned with their PHI security. The 2017 Xerox...

Data Security, Privacy Key in EHNAC Designation with HITRUST

by Elizabeth Snell

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) was recently designated as an Assessor for the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF). The move will allow EHNAC to help healthcare organizations...

Consumers Worried National Data Privacy Capabilities Lacking

by Elizabeth Snell

With many Americans admitting to having personal experience with a major data breach, it should come as no surprise that they have concerns with how the government and other corporations handle data privacy. Out of 1,040 surveyed adults, 64 percent...

Considering HIPAA Privacy Rule with Mental Health Data

by Elizabeth Snell

The permitted uses and disclosures of PHI in the HIPAA Privacy Rule were key considerations in a recently passed bill package, which included reforms for patients being treated for mental health conditions. The Helping Families in Mental Health...

Focusing on Patient Data Privacy in Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

There are an increasing amount of potential patient data privacy risks as technology continues to evolve, meaning policymakers need to strengthen privacy rules, according to a recent contribution on The Century Foundation. Patient health information...

Research Data Privacy Regulations Updated in Final Federal Rule

by Elizabeth Snell

A final rule strengthening protections for research participants, including areas of data privacy was recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies. Current regulations, referred to as the “Common...

Appeals Court Vacates Horizon BCBS Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The previously dismissed data breach case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey was recently revived, as the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the dismissal and remands. The Court determined that the plaintiffs...

Patient Privacy Addressed in Recent HHS Confidentiality Rule

by Elizabeth Snell

The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations were recently updated and modernized, specifically addressing patient privacy concerns for individuals seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder. The changes were...

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...

Health Data Privacy Concerns Not Hindrance for PHI Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

With more providers implementing EHRs and working toward interoperability, it is not uncommon for individuals to have health data privacy concerns with their personal information in how it is used and potentially shared. However, recent research...

LabMD Files Review Petition Against Data Breach Allegations

by Elizabeth Snell

LabMD filed a petition for review on December 27, 2016, following a U.S. federal appeals court granting a stay of an FTC order in the continuing battle between the two parties over data breach allegations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th...

Easing HIPAA Violation Concerns with Patient Data Access

by Elizabeth Snell

While the healthcare sector continues to work toward achieving nationwide interoperability, concerns over potential HIPAA violations with regard to patient data access is also on the rise. Covered entities need to allow individuals access to...

New Hampshire Hospital Data Breach Affects 15K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

A patient at New Hampshire Hospital reportedly hacked into the New Hampshire Department Of Health And Human Services (DHHS), posting information online and creating a potential data breach for 15,000 individuals. DHHS said in an online statement...

ONC Explains Patient Data Access, HIPAA in Latest Report

by Elizabeth Snell

While health IT has made progress on standards and economic incentives, concerns over HIPAA rules and patient data access can be a hindrance on the continued push toward nationwide interoperability, according to a recent report from the Office...

Data Encryption Workgroup Report Discusses Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

It is important to remember that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer or a “solution” to the debate over whether or not data encryption should be utilized by organizations or the government, the bipartisan Encryption...

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