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McLean Hospital Reports Health Data Breach, Affects 12,600

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Massachusetts-based McLean Hospital announced this week that it had suffered from a health data breach, potentially affecting 12,600 individuals. McLean discovered on May 29, 2015 that four unencrypted backup data tapes were missing, according...

OhioHealth Missing Flash Drive Leads to Health Data Breach

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After misplacing an unencrypted flash drive, OhioHealth has issued health data breach notification letters, according to a statement issued on the company’s website. OhioHealth discovered that the flash drive was missing on May 29. While...

PHI Data Breaches, Fraud in Georgia and New York

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PHI data breach security is a primary concern for all healthcare professionals. However, in recent weeks, it has been challenged at both the Georgia Divisions of Aging Services and at Healthfirst, a health insurance agency based in New York....

UCLA Health Data Breach Affects 4.5M Patients

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UCLA Health System reported last week that it was the victim of a cyber attack, leading to a health data breach potentially compromising the information of approximately 4.5 million patients. UCLA Health discovered the attack on May 5, 2015,...

Mayo Clinic Says 601 Patient Records Inappropriately Accessed

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The Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota reported that 601 patient records were inappropriately accessed by an employee. Mayo Clinic Public Affairs Manager Asia Zmuda confirmed in an email to HealthITSecurity.com that “an employee...

UPMC Reports Second Health Data Breach in Two Months

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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan recently reported a health data breach affecting 722 patients. This is the second health data breach reported at a UPMC facility in just under two months. A data file with certain...

Ark. BCBS Sends Data Breach Notification After Computer Theft

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Potential data breach notification letters are being sent out to certain Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield members after two computers were stolen on June 16, 2015. The devices belonged to Treat Insurance Agency, which solicits applications from...

Data Error, Improper PHI Disposal Cause Security Concerns

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An apparent case of improper PHI disposal and then another incident with a reported data error have created health data security concerns in two separate cities. A New York news station reported that some of the confetti used in the victory parade...

Unauthorized PHI Access at Ohio Hospital Affects 300 Patients

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An Ohio hospital is working to notify nearly 300 patients after unauthorized PHI access took place, potentially compromising their personal information. A University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center employee allegedly accessed “certain patient...

Unencrypted Laptop Stolen From UC San Francisco

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UC San Francisco reported that it experienced a potential health data breach after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from a faculty member. The device belonged to a faculty member in the Cardiac Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia Service, according...

Orlando Health Data Breach Affects 3,200

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An employee’s unauthorized access of 3,200 patient medical records has caused a potential health data breach at Orlando Health. During a routine patient record access audit on May 27, 2015, Orlando Health discovered that a certified nursing...

Routine Audit Reveals PHI Data Breach for Md. Medical Center

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A Maryland medical center conducted a routine audit and discovered that a PHI data breach had taken place, affecting approximately 1,000 patients. Meritus Health was running “routine compliance and self-audit efforts” on May 4, 2015,...

Software Update Causes PHI Exposure for Blue Shield of Calif.

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Blue Shield of California is notifying patients that a recent software update led to potential PHI exposure. Faulty code on the company’s website for group health benefit plan administrators and brokers led to an unauthorized disclosure...

UC Irvine Health Data Breach Affects 4,800 Patients

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UC Irvine Medical Center announced last week that an employee viewed thousands of patient records over a four-year period “without a job-related purpose,” potentially compromising the information of 4,859 patients and leading to a...

Unencrypted Flash Drives Missing from S.C. EMS Facility

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South Carolina EMS patients may have been the victims of a potential health data breach after unencrypted flash drives and hard drives used as back-up storage devices were discovered to be missing from a storage facility. Lancaster County employees...

PHI Exposed in Medical Informatics Engineering Data Breach

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Editor's note: This article was updated on July 24, 2015. Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) announced last week that PHI was potentially exposed for patients of certain MIE clients. MIE became aware of suspicious activity on one...

PHI Data Breaches for NY, Texas Organizations

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PHI data breaches can impact both patients and the healthcare facility that experienced the breach. Patients may have to work to ensure that their personal information is not used maliciously, while covered entities or their business associates...

Potential PHI Data Breach at Calif. Youth Center

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There was a potential PHI data breach at a California-based youth center, with notifications being sent out to approximately 6,800 individuals. The Fred Finch Youth Center (FFYC) announced earlier this week that a break-in occurred at one of...

Improper Disposals Lead to Potential Health Data Breaches

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Preventing potential health data breaches requires healthcare organizations to have the necessary physical, technical and administrative safeguards in place. If one area is lacking, or is simply overlooked, it does not matter how strong the other...

Did Failed Administrative Safeguards Cause Two Data Breaches?

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This site constantly underlines the importance of healthcare organizations keeping all of their safeguards up to date, as anything from failed administrative safeguards to failed physical safeguards can create privacy and security issues. Without...

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