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Johns Hopkins reaches preliminary privacy breach agreement

by Patrick Ouellette

More than a year after patients filed a potential class action lawsuit against Johns Hopkins Medicine following a privacy breach, the hospital has reached a preliminary $190 million settlement. For background, former Johns Hopkins gynecologist...

Penn State Hershey Medical Center alerts 1,801 patients of breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center began alerting 1,801 patients last week that an employee had accessed clinical data without having proper IT security protections in place. According to the Penn State statement, the employee, a clinical...

Mitigating common healthcare cloud IT security issues

by Sal Ramanan CISSP

Cyber security threats in the healthcare industry are continually on the rise and the value of an identity data set is about $50 per patient record. So what can healthcare providers do to avoid these attacks? If you look at the recent security...

FTC to define data security principles in LabMD case

by Patrick Ouellette

For good reason, healthcare organizations are weary of potential fines and audits coming from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office for Civil Rights. But the ongoing Federal Trade Commission (FTC) v. LabMD lawsuit may have...

Boulder Community Health reviews paper PHI record exposure

by Patrick Ouellette

After a reported HIPAA violation, Boulder Community Health (BCH) of Colorado is in the process of investigating its third patient data breach since 2008, according to The Daily Camera. The context of the breach is a bit bizarre in that, unknown...

Employees file class suit against UPMC following data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Employees affected by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) data breach have filed a class action lawsuit against UPMC and its payroll vendor, Ultimate Software Group. The suit says that UPMC and the vendor breached its duty to protect...

OCR dismisses Walgreens ‘Well Experience’ HIPAA complaint

by Patrick Ouellette

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has officially completed its investigation into the Walgreens “Well Experience” program and dismissed the complaint filed by the activist group, Change to Win (CtW), after finding CtW’s patient privacy...

Molina Healthcare contractor mail error exposes patient data

by Patrick Ouellette

Molina Healthcare, a multi-state healthcare organization, reported on Friday that a postcard mailing error in March had resulted in 5,261 former members’ Social Security numbers being inadvertently exposed. According to the Albuquerque...

UMass Memorial Medical sends out patient data breach notices

by Patrick Ouellette

After taking nearly two months to flesh out a patient data breach involving inappropriate internal access, UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) of Worcester, Mass. announced this week that it had alerted more than 2,400 affected patients of...

Centura Health alerts 1,000 patients of phishing attack

by Patrick Ouellette

A data breach involving Mercy Regional Medical Center of Durango, Colo. exemplifies the stark reality that phishing attacks have become more complex and difficult for even the most shrewd of users to pick out. Mercy employees, according to the...

Boston Medical Center transcription service exposes PHI

by Patrick Ouellette

Once it learned that 15,000 patients’ data had been exposed on its transcription service vendor’s website, Boston Medical Center (BMC) fired MDF Transcription Services and has sent breach notification letters to patients. The website...

Health data breach roundup: Tufts Health Plan, Iowa DHS

by Patrick Ouellette

Data breaches of all different shapes, sizes and victims are being reported on an almost daily basis, so it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest breach incidents. HealthITSecurity.com has compiled a list of the latest breaches down...

Cybersecurity hackers target Boston Children’s Hospital

by Patrick Ouellette

Hackers have made multiple attempts to infiltrate Boston Children’s Hospital within the past month, according to a Boston Globe report. The hackers’ efforts were geared toward overloading the Children’s website and potentially...

Coordinated Health data breach may impact 700 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

Coordinated Health reported this week that a data breach involving a stolen laptop belonging to an employee may have affected up to 700 patients. According to poconorecord.com, an employee in Bethlehem had left the laptop in their car and the...

Concentra, QCA Health Plan agree to HIPAA breach settlements

by Patrick Ouellette

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent out a release today detailing two entities’ settlements for HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule violations involving unencrypted laptop thefts. According to...

Kentucky passes state data breach notification law

by Patrick Ouellette

Following Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) Adam H. Edelen explaining in detail back in January why Kentucky needed a breach notification law, the state recently became the 47th to ratify data breach notification legislation. On April...

UPMC alerts employees of data breach, fraud activity

by Patrick Ouellette

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) reported that as many as 27,000 employees’ may have been affected by a data breach it learned of in February. It appeared as though the compromised information was accessed with access...

HHS, Medscape activity offers EHR privacy, security tips

by Patrick Ouellette

As the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminded the HIMSS14 audience of a few months ago, HHS has been making concerted efforts to offer providers as many HIPAA related resources as possible. One of the latest pieces of content...

University Urology of Tenn. releases data breach statement

by Patrick Ouellette

University Urology, P.C. of Knoxville, Tenn. released a statement on April 11 that detailed how 1,144 patients’ data had been exposed in 2013 and early 2014. Though the information was limited to patient names and addresses, University...

Texas nonprofit advocacy group tells 2,934 of PHI breach

by Patrick Ouellette

An Austin, Texas nonprofit advocacy group for children with developmental disabilities, EveryChild, Inc., recently announced that it has informed 2,934 families of a potential data breach, according to mysanantonio.com. The group learned of the...

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