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Centene Healthcare Data Breach Affects 950K Patients

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Centene Corporation announced that it experienced a potential healthcare data breach that may affect approximately 950,000 individuals. Centene reported that there is an ongoing search for six missing hard drives, which were unaccounted for in...

Mont. Facility Reports Healthcare Data Breach Affecting 28K

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Montana-based New West Health Services d/b/a New West Medicare recently reported a potential healthcare data breach following a laptop theft. While the New West announcement did not specify how many individuals were potentially affected, the...

St. Luke’s Cornwall Data Breach Due To Missing Thumb Drive

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St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) reported a potential healthcare data breach after a USB thumb drive was stolen on October 31, 2015. After an investigation, SLCH determined that the thumb drive “appears to have included a file”...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

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In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital statement,...

Potential PHI Data Breach for Child Welfare Agency

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California-based child welfare agency Hillsides notified certain individuals that they may have been the victims of a PHI data breach after an employee sent internal files to a personal email address. Hillsides reported that it became aware of...

Mental Health Record Data Breach for Wis. Clinic

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A Wisconsin counseling center recently reported a data breach that may have exposed mental health records for approximately 500 individuals. Fox River Counseling Center had an “unsecured laptop” stolen on October 23, according to...

Patient Privacy Violated Following Employee Theft in Oregon

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Oregon-based Northwest Primary Care (NWPC) recently notified approximately 5,300 patients that some of their personal information was inappropriately accessed by a former employee. The patient privacy violation reportedly occurred when a former...

Cyberattack Causes Healthcare Data Breach at MaineGeneral

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Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified MaineHealth as having experienced a cyber attack.  MaineGeneral Health will be sending out healthcare data breach notification letters to individuals who fell victim...

UCHealth Alerts Patients of Internal Healthcare Data Breach

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Colorado-based UCHealth is notifying approximately 800 patients of an internal healthcare data breach that resulted from an employee inappropriately accessing electronic patient files. According to a hospital statement, the incident was discovered...

Exposed Server Causes Cottage Health Healthcare Data Breach

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Nearly 11,000 patients have had their health information breached in a recent healthcare data breach at Cottage Health in California. According to a hospital statement, an outside IT security contractor was testing the provider’s data systems...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

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After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data security...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

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Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for...

Keystroke Logger Leads to Health Data Breach at KY Hospital

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OH Muhlenberg, LLC recently experienced a keystroke logger cyberattack, which lead to a health data breach, according to a hospital statement. OH Muhlenberg was notified of this incident by the FBI on September 16, 2015. The FBI notification...

DHHS Has Second Email Health Data Breach in Two Months

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For the second time in two months, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has experienced a health data breach due to an improperly encrypted email, according to WRAL.com. The incident, which occurred in September,...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

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After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing private...

Employee Theft Results in PHI Data Breach for 16K Children

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Employee theft and improper disclosure resulted in a massive PHI data breach at Children’s Medical Clinics in Texas. According to the data breach notification letter sent out to potentially affected individuals, an employee took paper patient...

Calif. Facility Reports Two Healthcare Data Breaches

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A California healthcare organization recently reported two separate healthcare data breaches that potentially exposed patients’ PHI. Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) announced on October 6, 2015 that some “small glass...

NYC Health Center Notifies 1,500 Patients of PHI Data Breach

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A New York City medical and mental health center recently reported a potential PHI data breach after a laptop containing patient information was stolen, underscoring the importance of encrypting devices on which patient health data is stored....

S.C. Hospital Employee Violates Patient Privacy, Steals PHI

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Although implementing adequate technical and physical safeguards to keep potential hackers from accessing patient health information is vitally important, those measures are sometimes not enough to prevent patient privacy violations and health...

Mental Health Facility Has PHI Data Breach of 11K Patients

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A mental health facility in Texas recently reported a potential PHI data breach that may affect over 11,000 patients. El Paso-based Emergence Health Network (EHN) first announced on October 8, 2015 that one of its computer servers was assessed...

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