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Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT


Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

High-Profile Patients Prompt Internal Health Data Breaches


No matter the many safeguards against hacking and cyberattacks are put into place in hospital records, sometimes hospitals need to protect against their own employees’ nosiness as well. Such was the case for the Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit...

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries


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,...

Lawrence General Health Data Breach Due to Lost Flash Drive


Health data breaches due to misplaced flash drives seem to be a rising trend recently, as Lawrence General Hospital is yet another healthcare organization to report an incident. On August 7, the hospital put out a press release outlining the...

Health Data Breaches From Theft, Improper Disposal


As often discussed on this site, health data breaches can stem from numerous areas. Covered entities and their business associates need to ensure they have a comprehensive data security plan, and are able to implement the necessary physical,...

Potential Health Data Breach for Montana Urology Clinic


A Montana urology clinic reported a potential health data breach after it discovered in May that its storage unit that housed patient records was broken into and patient data was possibly accessed. Urology Associates sent data breach notification...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Cyber Attack, Exposed Binders


Health data breaches can occur because of numerous reasons, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive training measures and data security measures. All physical safeguards, technical safeguards and administrative...

McLean Hospital Reports Health Data Breach, Affects 12,600


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


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


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


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


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 that “an employee...

UPMC Reports Second Health Data Breach in Two Months


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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...


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