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Southcentral Foundation Cyberattack Affects 14K in AK

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Alaska-based Southcentral Foundation recently announced on its website that it experienced a data breach regarding PHI on October 18, 2016. Employee email accounts were potentially accessed during a cyberattack. The incident involved the potentially...

New Hampshire Hospital Data Breach Affects 15K Patients

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A patient at New Hampshire Hospital reportedly hacked into the New Hampshire Department Of Health And Human Services (DHHS), posting information online and creating a potential data breach for 15,000 individuals. DHHS said in an online statement...

Records Containing PHI Stolen from TX Orthaepedic Facility

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On December 15th, Oak Cliff Orthopaedic Associates announced a theft involving records containing personal PHI from the years 2006 to 2007. According to a report from Oak Cliff, the Lewisville Police Department has since located and returned...

Quest Diagnostics Data Breach Affects 34K Patients

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Quest Diagnostics recently announced that it became aware of a PHI data breach on November 28, 2016, that may have involved the information of 34,000 patients. On November 26, 2016, an unauthorized third party accessed the MyQuest by Care360®...

Unencrypted Flash Drive Lost, Privacy Incident for 2K

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OptumHealth New Mexico reported on November 17, 2016 that it experienced a privacy incident affecting approximately 2,000 individuals when an unencrypted flash drive was lost. OptumHealth said that it was notified on September 26, 2016 that a...

PHI Data Breach Stems from Computer Hacking at GA Entity

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Georgia-based Vascular Surgical Associates recently announced on its website that it had experienced a PHI data breach after one of its computer servers was accessed by an outside party. The incident happened around the time of a software update,...

OCR Warns of Phishing Scam to HIPAA Covered Entities

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UPDATE: OCR released an additional update on November 30 with new details regarding the phishing scam.  Employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates should be aware of an alleged phishing scam that is using Department...

Physical Therapy Facility Reports Data Security Incident

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A physical therapy provider recently announced it experienced a possible data security incident that may have exposed certain personal information for some patients. Best Health Physical Therapy, LLC (Best Health) explained on its website that...

Potential Horizon BCBS Data Breach for 170K from Printing Error

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) announced earlier this month that one of its vendors potentially exposed the information of up to 170,000 members in a potential data breach. Command Marketing Innovations (CMI) did...

Stolen Laptop Leads to Possible Health Data Breach in CO

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MGA Home Healthcare Colorado, Inc. is notifying 3,119 patients and some employees that their information may have been compromised after a laptop was stolen from an employee’s locked vehicle. The incident reportedly took place sometime...

Health Data Hacking Incident Affects 29K at Texas Hospital

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Texas-based Integrity Transitional Hospital recently reported a health data hacking incident that may have affected the information of 29,514 patients, according to the Office for Civil Rights data breach reporting tool. Integrity explained in...

Phishing Scam Creates Potential Patient Data Exposure in MA

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Massachusetts-based Baystate Health recently announced that several of its employees had fallen victim to a phishing scam, which potentially exposed the information of approximately 13,000 patients. Baystate learned on August 22, 2016 that five...

Potential CalOptima PHI Data Breach Affects 56K Members

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The California health system CalOptima is reporting a potential PHI data breach stemming from an August 17, 2016 incident. This is the second data security incident CalOptima has reported in the last month. The most recent incident when “a...

Data Security Incident from Arkansas Break-in Affects 2K

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Arkansas-based Baxter Regional Home Health Facility (Baxter Home Health) announced that certain patients and employees may have had some of their information exposed in a data security incident that took place in August 2016. Baxter Home Health...

Central Ohio Urology Data Security Incident Affects 300K

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Central Ohio Urology Group (COUG) reported that a data security incident may have exposed the information of patients, employees, and individuals who paid for medical services. An unauthorized individual reportedly posted files and documents...

HHS Funding to Aid Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts

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In an effort to improve how organizations can respond to healthcare cybersecurity threats, and foster further information sharing in the industry, as well as in the public health sector, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded...

Ransomware Attack Affects Servers at USC Hospitals

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Last week, USC Keck and Norris Hospitals reported that they had been the victims of a ransomware attack after detecting the malware on two servers. The ransomware was noticed on August 1, 2016, and encrypted the files on both servers, according...

Unauthorized HIE Access Leads to MA Data Security Incident

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Massachusetts-based Codman Square Health Center is notifying patients that some of their information may have been exposed after a data security incident stemming from unauthorized HIE access. Codman was notified on July 13, 2016 that an employee...

Geisinger Health Plan PHI Disclosure Affects 2,800

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Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) recently announced that it experienced an unauthorized PHI disclosure affecting 2,814 members from 220 employers. GHP said it learned on August 4, 2016 that a processing error had taken for July 30, 2016 invoices....

Cybersecurity Attack Affects MO Behavioral Health Facility

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Missouri-based Burrell Behavioral Health recently announced that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack after an employee’s email account was accessed by an unauthorized party. Burrell made the discovery on July 7, 2016 and immediately...

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