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PHI Data Breaches After Unsecure Email, Cybersecurity Attack

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Two separate PHI data breaches at facilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma potentially compromised the information of approximately 5,700 individuals. While the two incidents were caused by different issues, they both further underline the importance...

NY Health Data Breach Affects Persons with Disabilities

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A health data breach involving the allegedly stolen protected health information (PHI) of individuals with disabilities has occurred, according to the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), an advocacy group for individuals with disabilities. According...

Ark., Md. Providers Notify Patients of Health Data Breaches

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Recently, two health data breaches were reported in Arkansas and Maryland. Although neither of these incidents included billing or Social Security information, they did both result in HIPAA notification letters due to potential PHI disclosure....

Medicaid Data Breach, Security Issue at NC and CA Facilities

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A Medicaid data breach and a separate data security incident were reported at two facilities recently, further showing why organizations that handle patient data need to have comprehensive and current data security plans in place. HIPAA covered...

OU Health Data Breach from Stolen Laptop Affects Over 9,000

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Although healthcare providers often report taking mobile device security seriously, health data breaches due to lost or stolen laptops still do occur. Such was the case at the University of Oklahoma Department of Urology, according to a recent...

Florida Health Plan Data Breach After Mailing Error

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A Florida health plan is dealing with a potential data breach after a mailing error caused some members to receive the personal information of other members. CarePlus Health Plans announced that on September 18, a machine that was programmed...

Misprinted Letter Leads to Affinity Health Plan Data Breach

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As health data breaches continue to be commonplace in the healthcare industry, it is important to recognize the various reasons for their occurrence. Although theft and hacking are commonly reported on, there are also many instances of health...

Stolen Computer Hard Drives Lead to Health Data Breach in VA

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Health data security breaches continue to be an issue for healthcare providers. In recent events, Sentara Heart Hospital, located in Norfolk, VA, has issued health data breach notification letters to over 1,000 patients after computer hard drives...

Theft, Printing Error Lead to Health Data Breaches in IL, NC

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Two separate health data breaches were recently reported at facilities in Illinois and North Carolina. While the two have different causes, healthcare organizations should still take note to ensure that they do not experience identical situations,...

Possible Health Data Breaches From Fraud, Online Exposure

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Two separate incidents in New Jersey and California led to potential health data breaches, further showing why covered entities need comprehensive security measures. Everything from technical safeguards to proper employee training will help to...

Potential PHI Data Breach Follows Mich. Employee Email Hack

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A Michigan healthcare provider is dealing with a potential PHI data breach after one of its employee’s email was reportedly hacked. Oakland Family Services reported earlier this month that “an unauthorized individual” gained...

Molina Healthcare PHI Data Breach May Cause Identity Theft

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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...

Thefts Lead to Health Data Breaches for La., Vt. Providers

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Two recent health data breaches were reported after facilities in Louisiana and Vermont had laptops and other devices were stolen. Incidents like this further prove why healthcare organizations need to have physical, administrative, and technical...

Sutter Health Data Breach Affects 2,500 Patients

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A former employee reportedly emailed patient information without authorization, leading to a Sutter Health data breach. Sutter Health explained in a statement on its website that 2,582 patients are potentially affected, and that with the exception...

Excellus BCBS Data Breach Affects 7M Individuals

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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...

Possible Health Data Breaches for Ohio, Wash. Providers

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Healthcare providers in Ohio and Washington are working through separate potential health data breaches following instances of a missing notebook and an unlocked storage center, respectively. Incidents like these further show why healthcare organizations...

Health Data Breach Adds to Latest UCLA Security Turmoil

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Health data security has been a hot topic for the UCLA Health System as of late. The healthcare organization announced yet another health data breach on September 1. According to a hospital statement, UCLA will be sending out data breach notification...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Hacking, Employee Theft

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Health data breaches can be caused by various incidents, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive safeguards in place. Two separate incidents at medical centers highlight the importance of this fact,...

Calif. Psychiatrist Reports Health Data Breach, PHI Theft

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California-based psychiatrist Robert E. Soper, M.D. recently notified patients of a health data breach after his car was broken into and a desktop computer containing patient PHI was stolen from the trunk of the car. Other pieces of equipment,...

PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

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PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical...

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