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Potential Healthcare Data Breach for 485K USPS Workers

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The USPS announced that a healthcare data breach possibly compromised the information of 485,000 current and former employees. The United States Postal Service (USPS) first reported a cybersecurity breach in November that potentially compromised...

Patient Privacy Compromised with Theft and Improper Storage

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Patient privacy was potentially compromised in Nevada and Minnesota, following two separate instances. The implementation of HIPAA administrative safeguards are essential when it comes to ensuring that patient privacy remains intact. Facilities...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit TX and AZ Patients

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Maintaining security measures and training can help prevent healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities should remain vigilant in their security measures and keep devices containing PHI locked away and encrypted to minimize the possibility...

VA Healthcare Data Breach Exposes Info of 7,000 Veterans

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The VA experienced a healthcare data breach after a third-party vendor allegedly had an online security flaw. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced yet another healthcare data breach, as it announced last week that approximately...

PHI Security Compromised in Healthcare Data Breaches

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Two healthcare data breaches compromised patients’ PHI security. When healthcare organizations fail to adhere to HIPAA requirements, patients’ PHI security can become compromised. Whether employees improperly dispose of medical records...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit Calif. & Ill. Facilities

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Without the right physical, administrative and technical safeguards, facilities could face healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities must remain diligent in their security measures, whether it is preparing for potential online security...

Tennessee Hospice Investigated Over Potential HIPAA Violation

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A potential HIPAA violation occurred after patient records at a Tennessee hospice wound up on the side of a highway. A hospice employee’s failure to properly shed patient records is being blamed as the culprit in a potential HIPAA violation...

Virginia and California Face PHI Protection Problems

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As technology continues to evolve, it should come as no surprise that healthcare facilities are finding more ways to store and transmit protected health information (PHI). However, it is crucial that facilities keep sensitive data secure. Virginia...

Florida Healthcare Data Breach May Lead to Identity Theft

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An individual in Florida was recently arrested and tried for causing a healthcare data breach that compromised patients’ PHI. The arrest of one individual soon led to the realization that patients’ protected health information (PHI)...

Healthcare Employee Mistakenly Donates CDs with PHI

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PHI was accidentally exposed after a healthcare employee mistakenly donated CDs with patient information. What started as a goodwill attempt to help children with their art projects, quickly turned into a potential healthcare data breach. A health...

Personal Data of 200,000 Compromised by Former Employee

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A former employee improperly accessed the personal data of approximately 200,000 individuals. Often discussed on this website is the importance of healthcare organizations – and facilities that store individual’s healthcare information –...

Laptop with PHI Stolen from Oregon Employee’s Car

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A personal laptop containing PHI was stolen from an Oregon health employee’s car while they were attending a work-related conference. Patients at an Oregon healthcare facility were notified this week that their protected health information...

NY Subcontractor Causes Healthcare Data Breach

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An insurer notified patients of a potential healthcare data breach when its subcontractor mishandled PHI. A health insurance subcontractor allegedly mishandled the information of approximately 500 people in New York, leading to a potential healthcare...

PHI Exposure Case of 1,500 Patients Settled

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Approximately 1,500 patients were notified of PHI exposure last May at a Missouri facility. Last May, more than 1,500 women in Missouri had their protected health information (PHI) compromised after their personal records blew out of a dumpster...

Visionworks Hit with Second Data Breach in One Month

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A healthcare facility again experienced a data breach due to a missing computer server with unencrypted patient information. For the second time in one month, Visionworks was involved in a potential healthcare data breach. Moreover, patients’...

PHI of 2,000 Minn. Patients Accidentally Sent to Dumpsters

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Patients’ PHI was potentially exposed after a Minnesota facility improperly disposed of sensitive documents. A Minnesota health system is notifying approximately 2,000 patients that their protected health information (PHI) might have been...

Healthcare Security Breach Hits Washington Hospitals

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A former employee gained unauthorized access to several hospitals, creating a healthcare security breach. Three Washington hospitals are working to fix their computer systems after a healthcare security breach led to the theft of 35 computers...

Stolen PHI Leads to Medical Identity Theft in Detroit

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Patients’ PHI was stolen from two Detroit-area hospitals. The thieves allegedly used the information to file false tax returns. Approximately 1,400 people had their protected health information (PHI) stolen from two metro Detroit hospitals,...

Laptop with PHI Stolen from Brigham and Women’s Doctor

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Brigham and Woman’s Hospital (BWH) notified patients that an incident in September could potentially have exposed some individuals’ protected health information (PHI). A BWH physician’s laptop and cell phone were stolen during an armed...

PHI Exposed on Emails to Anthem Blue Cross Members

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It is not yet clear if Anthem Blue Cross members receiving emails with their PHI in the subject line will warrant a data breach notification. Earlier this week, Anthem Blue Cross members in California had a bit of a surprise when they received...

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