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PHI Potentially Compromised in Wisc. and Cali.

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Protecting patients’ protected health information (PHI) is an essential aspect of any healthcare facility’s security plan. Having PHI potentially compromised is not something that any organization wants to experience, which is why comprehensive...

Potential Healthcare Data Breaches in NY and Calif

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With potential healthcare data breaches impacting well-known companies such as Sony Pictures, the importance of data security and safeguards has taken the spotlight. Healthcare facilities should view this as an opportunity to crack down on their...

PHI Safety Compromised After Texas Laptop Theft

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The PHI safety of some Sunglo Home Health Services patients could potentially be at risk after a laptop was stolen from the Harlingen, Texas-based facility. The burglar broke into a van in the Sunglo parking lot, according to a KRGV report. After...

St. Louis Reports HIPAA Violation by County Employee

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The Saint Louis County Department of Health is investigating a potential HIPAA violation where the personal information of inmates at a county jail was sent to a personal email address. A health department employee emailed a document that had...

HIPAA Violation, Records Dump Expose Patient Data

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A HIPAA violation can occur when a healthcare organization does not adhere to administrative, technical or even physical safeguards that have been put in place. Firewalls, data encryption measures, and employee training on proper disposal of...

Healthcare Data Breaches Put PHI at Risk in Calif. and Ind.

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Without the necessary security measures in place, facilities could soon find themselves battling healthcare data breaches. When patients’ PHI is also exposed, it could lead to hefty financial fines, and in some instances, it could lead to a...

PHI Exposed in Colorado Through Discharge Paperwork

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A patient discovered other individuals’ PHI exposed in her own hospital discharge paperwork. A patient who was recently discharged from The Medical Center of Aurora claims that she was also given the medical information of 20 other patients...

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...

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