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Stolen, Unencrypted Drive Causes Data Security Concern for 15K

April 27, 2017 - Western Health Screening (WHS) recently issued a letter notifying individuals of a possible data security breach in which a WHS-owned vehicle containing an unencrypted jump drive was stolen. The jump drive contained the personal information of 15,326 patients, according to the OCR data breach reporting tool. The vehicle was passing through Salt Lake City, Utah on its way to a health fair at...


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Kentucky Health Center Ensures PHI Security After Email Gaffe

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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,...

NY Computer Virus Raises Healthcare Data Security Concerns

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Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has been battling a computer virus that was discovered on its computer system early Sunday morning, causing concern over the organization’s healthcare data security. The hospital has voluntarily shut down...

55K Potentially Affected by Virus Encrypting Pediatric Servers

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On February 6, 2017, ABCD Pediatrics discovered a virus had gained access to the healthcare organization’s servers and encrypted patient data. The Texas-based pediatric facility immediately contacted IT personnel to take all servers offline...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

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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...

Potential Ransomware Attack Encrypts Patient Data in KY

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Kentucky-based Estill County Chiropractic (ECC) recently announced on its website that it had experienced a potential ransomware attack, where an unauthorized user installed malicious software that encrypted patient files. ECC said that it immediately...

Urology Austin Ransomware Attack Possibly Affects 279K

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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

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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...

Metropolitan Urology Ransomware Attack Affects 18K Patients

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Rehabilitation Facility Reports Patient Data Files Unattended

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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...

Multnomah County Health Department Suffers PHI Breach

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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,...

Michigan Cybersecurity Breach Could Impact 22K Patients

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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...

Potentially Unencrypted Laptop Stolen from LA Hospital

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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

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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...

Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

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At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware...

VA Senator Violates HIPAA in Sharing Patient Information

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A Virginia State Senator is under fire after an alleged HIPAA breach led to an investigation into unlawful use of patient information. An article by the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported Senator Siobhan S. Dunnavant, an Henrico County physician,...

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