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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...

Memorial Hermann Agrees to $2.4M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Texas-based Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) recently agreed to a $2.4 million OCR HIPAA settlement following multiple allegations of inappropriate PHI disclosure. OCR conducted a compliance review after numerous media reports claimed that...

NM Supreme Court to Review Alleged HIPAA Violation Case

by Elizabeth Snell

A New Mexico district court mostly denied a motion to dismiss a case alleging HIPAA violations last Friday, and the state Supreme Court will now consider HIPAA’s scope in relation to the case. District Judge Judith C. Herrera denied...

PHI Security of 20K Possibly Affected from RI Laptop Theft

by Kate Monica

On February 25, 2017, Lifespan Corporation suffered a possible healthcare data breach in which an employee’s laptop was stolen. The theft occurred when an individual broke into an employee’s car and stole several items, including...

Report Finds 16.6M Affected by 2016 Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a record number of healthcare data breaches reported in 2016, with unauthorized disclosures accounting for the majority of those incidents, according to the Bitglass 2017 Healthcare Breach Report. Hacking and IT incidents still pose...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

Cybersecurity Attacks Hit 87% of Organizations in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

A majority of organizations reported that they were affected by a cybersecurity attack last year, with one in three saying that they had been hacked more than five times in the past 12 months, according to a recent Bitglass report. In response,...

AHA Suggests Law Enforcement Aid in Cyber Attack Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Law enforcement agencies should be given necessary resources to proactively share information, conduct investigations, and assist data breach victims to ensure strong cyber attack prevention measures, according to the American Hospital Association...

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...

GAO Finds Identity Theft Services Limited in Fraud Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Identity theft services offer several benefits to organizations and individuals, but there are limitations in fraud prevention and other identity protection services, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Medical...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

Urology Austin Ransomware Attack Possibly Affects 279K

by Elizabeth Snell

Urology Austin recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on January 22, 2017, which potentially exposed patient data that was stored on the compromised server. The OCR data breach reporting tool states that 279,663...

Computer Virus Potentially Exposes PHI of 2.5K at OR Clinic

by Kate Monica

A technician at Lane Community College health clinic recently discovered a computer virus, which may have exposed the PHI of some patients, according to an online statement. The Oregon college health clinic stated the virus may have been sending...

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...

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....

VA University Health System Security Breach Impacts 2.7K

by Kate Monica

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System recently discovered a data breach potentially impacted over 2,700 patients, according to an announcement in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. On January 10, 2017, VCU Health System became aware...

Allina Health Privacy Incident Possibly Exposes Patient Info

by Kate Monica

Minnesota-based Allina Health recently announced that paper documents were emptied into the trash before the documents could be securely shredded. The documents were from a recycling bin in the physician’s private office, and were to be...

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...

79K Patients Affected by Emory Healthcare Data Breach

by Kate Monica

Nearly 80,000 patients were potentially impacted by a recent data breach at Georgia-based Emory Healthcare’s Orthopaedics & Spine Center and Brain Health Center (EHC) at Emory Clinic. On January 3, 2017, EHC became aware of an incident...

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...

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