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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...

Health Data Breaches Expose Info. in NH, NJ and NY

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Three recent different health data breaches affected individuals in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York. While not connected, these incidents further underline the importance for comprehensive security measures. Anything from human error...

PHI Exposed After Phishing Scam, Unauthorized Data Transfer

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Two different healthcare organizations recently announced they had PHI exposed. While each situation shows the importance of having strong HIPAA compliant safeguards in place, it also demonstrates why comprehensive security measures are required....

CareFirst Health Data Breach Affects 1.1M Individuals

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) joins the list of healthcare organizations affected by a large cybersecurity attack, as it announced yesterday that approximately 1.1 million current and former members potentially had their information...

Accidental and Unauthorized Emails Create PHI Security Issues

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No covered entity wants to notify patients of a potential PHI security incident, yet even with the appropriate safeguards in place, problems could still occur. When this happens, it is important to properly notify potentially affected individuals...

Possible Health Data Breaches From Theft, Unauthorized Access

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Even when covered entities implement sophisticated cybersecurity measures, health data breaches can still happen. It is important to not overlook seemingly simple security measures, such as installing proper locks on doors or even having an alarm...

Malware, Billing Company Theft Equal Health Data Breaches

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Health data breaches are not going to disappear anytime soon, which is why covered entities must ensure that their safeguards are current and comprehensive. Anything from malware to sophisticated cyber attacks to stolen laptops can lead to PHI...

Healthcare Data Breaches Stem From Break-in, Phishing, Fraud

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Preventing healthcare data breaches requires organizations to take numerous factors into account, and ensure that their administrative, physical, and technical safeguards are all working with one another. One lost document, one employee falling...

Two Cases of Improper Disposal Cause Health Data Breaches

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Health data breaches can be caused by numerous situations, and with the increase of electronic medical records and online issues, the proper care of paper documents can occasionally be overlooked. Regardless of how covered entities store and...

Lost Flash Drive Potentially Exposes Patient Information

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A South Carolina news station reported yesterday that a lost flash drive containing “limited patient information” pushed a hospital to send out notification letters. Roper St. Francis Hospital will send letters to approximately 360...

Phishing Attack Affects 3,300 Partners HealthCare Patients

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Yet another phishing attack was announced this week, potentially affecting 3,300 patients at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. According to a company statement, the Massachusetts-based facility learned on November 25, 2014 that employees had fallen...

Exposed Medical Records Potentially Puts Patients At Risk

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Healthcare facilities must ensure they have the latest privacy and security measures in place to prevent exposed medical records and work toward keeping data breach risks to a minimum. Along with the latest technological safeguards, covered entities...

Phishing Scam, Stolen Laptop Lead to Potential Data Breaches

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Healthcare data breaches can be caused from a variety of incidents, such as an email phishing scam, misplaced medical records, and lost or stolen mobile devices. Without a comprehensive security plan and extensive understanding of HIPAA regulations,...

Second Email Phishing Scam Hits Ascension Health Facility

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Another email phishing scam was reported at an Ascension Health facility, but it has not yet been said whether the two incidents are related. Seton Family of Hospitals, a division of Seton Healthcare Family (“Seton”), announced on...

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