Healthcare Information Security


Updates Sought on Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice

March 4, 2016 - The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is asking for comments and requests for updates to its Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice (MPN). With the push toward interoperability, it is increasingly important for consumers to understand how their data is being used and what a company’s policy is when it comes to data sharing, ONC leaders explained in a blog post. “The...


87% of PHI Data Breaches Occur in the US, Verizon Reports

by Sara Heath

PHI is being accessed in healthcare data breaches at an alarming rate, and the United States is the prime location for those incidents, according to the first-ever Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report. The report shows that...

October VA Report Shows Improvement in PHI Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw a significant improvement in health data breaches for the month of October. The agency’s monthly report to Congress shows a 50 percent decrease in PHI-related incidents compared to the September...

NYC Health Center Notifies 1,500 Patients of PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

A New York City medical and mental health center recently reported a potential PHI data breach after a laptop containing patient information was stolen, underscoring the importance of encrypting devices on which patient health data is stored....

S.C. Hospital Employee Violates Patient Privacy, Steals PHI

by Sara Heath

Although implementing adequate technical and physical safeguards to keep potential hackers from accessing patient health information is vitally important, those measures are sometimes not enough to prevent patient privacy violations and health...

Alleged HIPAA Violations in Lawsuit Against D.C. Hospitals

by Elizabeth Snell

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital for potential HIPAA violations related to patients being able to receive copies of their medical records. Four individuals...

Molina Healthcare PHI Data Breach May Cause Identity Theft

by Sara Heath

Molina Healthcare issued PHI data breach notification letters to current or former members explaining that their PHI had been breached for fraudulent purposes. According to a copy of the letter, CVS, the over-the-counter (OTC) vendor for Molina...

Excellus BCBS Data Breach Affects 7M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (Excellus BCBS) announced that it had been the victim of a cyber attack, and approximately 7 million individuals potentially had their information exposed. The Excellus BCBS data breach was discovered by the healthcare...

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

The protected health information (PHI) of 1,622 Colorado residents was exposed when letters containing the sensitive information were sent to the incorrect households. The data breach, which affected patients who receive state healthcare benefits,...

VA Q2 Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Notification

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) released its Q2 report to Congress and is seeing a 12.2 percent increase in the number of data breach notification letters being sent out to veterans. In the Q2 report, the VA reported a total of...

VA Sees 51% Decrease in PHI Incidents for May

by Elizabeth Snell

After a less than ideal April in terms of PHI incidents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that it had a 51 percent decrease in that type of data breach in May. The VA’s May report sent to Congress showed that PHI incidents...

PHI Incidents Decrease 34 Percent in January for VA

by Elizabeth Snell

The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by 34 percent from December 2014 to January 2015, according to the latest report from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s most recent data report sent to Congress found...

Ill. News Station Uncovers Potential PHI Breach

by Stephanie Reardon

A number of patients from Suburban Lung Associates in Illinois may face a protected health information (PHI) breach, when a local CBS affiliate received information that medical records had been found in a dumpster. According to the news station,...

PHI Data Breaches Increase 25% in 2014, Says Redspin Report

by Elizabeth Snell

Last year, 164 PHI data breaches were reported to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), according to the fifth annual Redspin data breach report. That is a 25 percent increase over 2013 and approximately...

Why Secure Healthcare Technology Must Assist Daily Workflow

by Elizabeth Snell

Facilities are working hard to keep pace with federal regulations for secure healthcare technology. It is not enough to simply install an EHR, but healthcare organizations need to prove that they are using it properly and in a way that keeps...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit TX and AZ Patients

by Stephanie Reardon

Maintaining security measures and training can help prevent healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities should remain vigilant in their security measures and keep devices containing PHI locked away and encrypted to minimize the possibility...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit Calif. & Ill. Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right physical, administrative and technical safeguards, facilities could face healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities must remain diligent in their security measures, whether it is preparing for potential online security...

Tennessee Hospice Investigated Over Potential HIPAA Violation

by Elizabeth Snell

A potential HIPAA violation occurred after patient records at a Tennessee hospice wound up on the side of a highway. A hospice employee’s failure to properly shed patient records is being blamed as the culprit in a potential HIPAA violation...

Is PHI Security Strong Enough in the Workplace?

by Elizabeth Snell

Workplace wellness programs are on the rise, but does that mean that PHI security is being put at risk? PHI security is often an issue relegated to healthcare providers and insurers. However, as health and wellness programs increase in popularity...

Virginia and California Face PHI Protection Problems

by Stephanie Reardon

As technology continues to evolve, it should come as no surprise that healthcare facilities are finding more ways to store and transmit protected health information (PHI). However, it is crucial that facilities keep sensitive data secure. Virginia...


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