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St. Charles Privacy Incident Leads to DA Criminal Investigation

March 21, 2017 - 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 the caregiver in question reviewed files out of curiosity between October 8, 2014 and January 16, 2017. Accessed information may have included patient...


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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...

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...

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