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PHI Compromised in Email Phishing Scam

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No healthcare organization, whether a provider or insurer, wants to have PHI compromised. However, even with the necessary security measures in place and thorough employee training programs, incidents can still occur. That is the case at an Indiana...

PHI Data Breach Announced Following Audit

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Life Care Center of Attleboro in Massachusetts posted two separate announcements on its website about a potential PHI data breach after the company that stores its patient records could not find certain documents. Iron Mountain archives patient...

Patient PHI Compromised by Florida Hospital Employees

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No healthcare facility wants patient PHI compromised, let alone by its own employees. However, that is the situation that Florida Hospital is currently working through, according to a facility statement. Two employees, who have since been terminated,...

Phishing Scam Leads to Potential PHI Exposure

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Employees at Children’s National Health System (Children’s National) allegedly fell victim to phishing scams toward the end of last year, which led to potential PHI exposure for some patients. Children’s National explained in...

Premera Health Data Breach May Affect 11M

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Premera Blue Cross announced today that it was the “target of a sophisticated cyber attack,” leading to a health data breach that could potentially affect 11 million individuals. The Premera health data breach was discovered by the company on...

Hacking Incidents Create Data Breach Security Concerns

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Current technical safeguards are a critical aspect of any healthcare organization’s security measures, especially as data breach security concerns increase. Third-party hacking incidents can lead to patient privacy issues, and also create issues...

Missing Encrypted Devices Leads to 7K Notification Letters

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Home health and hospice company Amedisys recently discovered that it had 142 missing encrypted devices during a risk management process. The organization said in a statement that it sent out notification letters to 6,909 individuals whose information...

Potential Data Breaches From Break-in, Computer Glitch

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We repeatedly underline the importance of all three HIPAA compliant safeguards in order to prevent potential data breaches from occurring. Having locks on office doors and file cabinets might seem like an inane detail, but it could be the final...

Equipment Thefts Lead to Health Data Security Breaches

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Health data security breaches could be caused by numerous factors, such as a lackluster firewall, a lack of passwords or encryption or even through human error. Healthcare organizations need to remain diligent in how they store, transport and...

Cyber Attack, Stolen Patient Records Equal Security Breaches

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A combination of physical, administrative, and technical safeguards are necessary for healthcare facilities of all sizes to ensure that stolen patient records are not a scenario they ever  encounter. Without proper employee training as well,...

Stolen Patient Records in Calif. Mean Possible Data Breach

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A San Pablo, California-based doctor sent out notifications to patients that a robbery led to stolen patient records, as well as a credit card transaction register. Dr. Sharon J. Jones said that her office was broken into on Jan. 8, and that...

Potential HIPAA Violations After Wisc. and Texas Thefts

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Unfortunately, HIPAA violations can still occur even when healthcare facilities implement comprehensive security measures and keep them properly updated. Employee training can also help mitigate some risk, but organizations must be prepared that...

Ill. News Station Uncovers Potential PHI Breach

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A number of patients from Suburban Lung Associates in Illinois may face a protected health information (PHI) breach, when a local CBS affiliate received information that medical records had been found in a dumpster. According to the news station,...

Anthem Data Breach May Impact 8.8 to 18.8M Non-Customers

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On Tuesday, an Anthem, Inc spokesperson stated that anywhere from 8.8 million to 18.8 million non-customers could be impacted by the previously announced Anthem data breach, according to a Reuters report. Earlier this month, Anthem, Inc.announced...

Data Breach in Texas Compromises Personal Information

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The personal information of 8,700 individuals, 6,300 of whom are patients, may be at risk following a data breach at Lone Star Circle of Care in Georgetown, Texas. According to a report from Mary Ann Roser on Statesman.com, the breach was discovered...

Three Data Security Notices Sent to Calif. Patients

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The third time might be the charm, but when it comes to giving data security notices to patients because of a potential healthcare data breach, one comprehensive notification is likely all that patients want to receive. California dentist Dr....

Potential Health Data Breach for Hawaii Office

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Kaiser Permanente is notifying customers of a potential health data breach after a box of medical documents spilled off of a courier truck on Jan. 7. The papers were being transported to storage from Kaiser Permanente’s Kona Medical Office,...

Device Theft Could Compromise PII in Tenn. and Ind.

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Without the necessary combination of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards, a healthcare organization runs the risk of finding itself in a situation that could compromise PII of patients or employees. Even if a facility trains employees...

Anthem Health Data Breach Could Compromise PII of 80M

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Hackers allegedly broke into Anthem, Inc.’s database last week, potentially compromising the personal information of approximately 80 million former and current customers, as well as employees, according to multiple reports. The information...

Data Security Concerns Arise After Theft, Unauthorized Access

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Keeping patients’ protected health information (PHI) secure is a major part of adhering to privacy regulations, while also maintaining patients’ trust. No healthcare facility wants to be hit with data security concerns, which is why it is...

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