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49% of Orgs Report File Sharing Data Breach in Past 2 Years

May 22, 2017 - With more healthcare organizations looking to cloud computing and file sharing options, PHI privacy and security cannot be overlooked. Failing to account for how these tools interact with sensitive data or work to keep that data secure could lead to a data breach. Just under half of surveyed organizations – 49 percent – stated they had at least one confirmed file sharing data breach...


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49% of Orgs Report File Sharing Data Breach in Past 2 Years

by Elizabeth Snell

With more healthcare organizations looking to cloud computing and file sharing options, PHI privacy and security cannot be overlooked. Failing to account for how these tools interact with sensitive data or work to keep that data secure could...

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...

Texas Hospital Email Hack Exposes PHI of over 8K Patients

by Kate Monica

On February 21, 2017, an unauthorized individual accessed an employee email account containing PHI at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas. Hill Country stated the email hack appears to be the result of intentional criminal...

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...

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...

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...

MDLive Lawsuit Claims Patient Data Privacy Violations

by Elizabeth Snell

Allegations were recently filed against a telehealth provider, claiming that the company committed patient privacy violations and disclosed customer information to a third-party organization. MDLive, Inc. is facing a class-action lawsuit filed...

Judge Says HIPAA Regulations Do Not Apply in Organ Donor Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient records from the New York Organ Donor Network are not liable to HIPAA regulations, according to a recent New York Supreme Court ruling. A former network official claimed that four patients had not yet been declared legally dead before...

Kentucky Health Center Ensures PHI Security After Email Gaffe

by Kate Monica

On February 3, 2017, Women’s Care of Somerset (WCS) employees erroneously disclosed the email addresses of all recipients of an informative email regarding health-related services to the other recipients. According to a written press release,...

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,...

HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information...

OCR Urges End-to-End Security, Verified HTTPS to Protect PHI

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing end-to-end connection security on internet transactions using Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) can help healthcare organizations better protect PHI and even detect malware, according to OCR’s latest cybersecurity...

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...

Why Healthcare Network Security is a Critical Provider Tool

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities are quickly implementing more technology into daily operations, which could potentially open the door for cyber criminals or even unauthorized insider access. Healthcare network security measures must be current and comprehensive,...

FBI Warns Orgs of PHI Security Risk in FTP Servers

by Elizabeth Snell

Cyber criminals are targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, which may compromise PHI security and PII security, according to a recent FBI warning. Citing research from the University of Michigan, the FBI explained that FTP servers were...

Administrative Safeguard Need Highlighted in PA Indictment

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure that they have comprehensive and regularly updated administrative safeguards, such as user authentication measures and proper access control. A failure to have these in place, or having outdated ones, could...

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...

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...

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...

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