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PHI Data Breaches

Computer Virus Potentially Exposes PHI of 2.5K at OR Clinic

March 23, 2017 - 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 the names, addresses, phone numbers, diagnoses, and Social Security numbers to an unknown third party for over a year. LCC has since notified potentially...


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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...

Rehabilitation Facility Reports Patient Data Files Unattended

by Kate Monica

Catalina Post-Acute and Rehabilitation recently became aware of an incident where paper files containing resident and employee information were left in an unattended area. The patient data files, along with certain employee information, were...

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...

2013 Horizon BCBS Data Breach Leads to $1.1M Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Horizon Healthcare Service, Inc., which operates as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), recently agreed to a $1.1 million settlement for data breach allegations from 2013. Along with the payment, Horizon BCBSNJ must...

Audit Controls Underlined in $5.5M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: Memorial Healthcare System sent comments to HealthITSecurity.com on February 17.  Florida-based Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) recently agreed to a $5.5 million OCR HIPAA settlement, stemming from incidents that were reported...

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...

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...

Lawsuit Filed to Avoid Potential Health Data Exposure Fines

by Elizabeth Snell

A Wisconsin-based publishing company recently filed a lawsuit claiming that it is being exposed to potential liability for unauthorized exposure of individuals’ personal health data. The concern over possible health information exposure...

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...

CoPilot Security Breach Potentially Impacts 220K Patients

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. announced it detected unauthorized access of one of its databases and notified potentially impacted patients of the security breach. CoPilot has no evidence any information has been distributed...

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...

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