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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...

New Data Breach Security Bill Faces Early Criticism

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The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will meet tomorrow to discuss the details of the recently announced data breach security bill. However, the “Data Security and Breach Notification Act” is already receiving some pushback...

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...

Patient Privacy Concerns Must Be a Priority for Providers

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As healthcare data breaches continue to make headlines, it should come as no surprise that patient privacy concerns are also on the rise. Healthcare providers need to be aware of patient concerns, especially those that are connected with data...

HITRUST Works Toward Stronger Patient Privacy Methods

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Stronger patient privacy methods is the top goal behind The Health Information Trust Alliance’s (HITRUST) latest framework process. The HITRUST De-Identification Framework will not only improve patient privacy, but is also designed to “enhance...

BCBS Mich. Employee Stole Patients’ Personal Information

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A former Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan (BCBSM) employee helped steal patients’ personal information, according to a Detroit Free Press article. In total, the information of 5,514 Blue Care Network and BCBSM members was compromised, which...

Mont. Data Breach Notification Law Includes Medical Info.

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Montana recently updated its data breach notification law to include medical record data under the definition of “personal information.” House Bill (H.B.) 74 also requires data breach notifications to be sent to the state’s attorney general...

HIPAA Regulations v. FERPA Rules In Privacy Rights

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HIPAA regulations were created to ensure that patients’ PHI remained secure, and that individuals would not have to worry about their personal information falling into the wrong hands. Similarly, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act...

Will Patient Privacy Violations Occur With Mental Health Law?

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Patient privacy violations are a popular topic recently, especially with healthcare providers working to meet Meaningful Use requirements and make the transition to EHRs. However, mental health records do not currently have the same requirements...

Protecting Sensitive Data With Restricted Employee Access

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With HIPAA rules highlighting how healthcare organizations must ensure they are protecting sensitive data, such as PHI, it should not come as a surprise to any facility that they need the right combination of administrative, physical and technical...

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,...

Key Factors for the HIPAA Privacy Rule in Emergencies

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The HIPAA Privacy Rule was designed to help keep protected health information (PHI) from becoming exposed or easily accessible to the public. But what happens in an emergency situation? When does the public’s safety trump the privacy of...

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...

Will ONC Plan Protect Patient Privacy?

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Even though efforts have been made to improve the healthcare industry, such as the passing of the HITECH Act, several lawmakers believe that more work needs to be done to protect patient privacy, further interoperability and reduce costs. Senators...

PHI Incidents Decrease 34 Percent in January for VA

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The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by 34 percent from December 2014 to January 2015, according to the latest report from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s most recent data report sent to Congress found...

Should HIPAA Regulations Require Data Encryption?

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Following the Anthem data breach where nearly 80 million individuals’ personally identifiable information was potentially exposed, certain HIPAA regulations are coming under scrutiny. In particular, organizations and legislators are beginning...

Potential HIPAA Violation From Minn. BCBS Nurse

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A Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) nurse possibly committed a HIPAA violation after he inappropriately accessed a state database containing prescription information for 1 million Minnesotans, according to a WCCO-TV report. The BCBS nurse,...

Will Patient Privacy Violations Occur With Missouri Law?

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Will the importance of the public’s safety outweigh concerns over potential patient privacy violations? That debate continues in Missouri, as lawmakers will soon discuss whether preschools and daycare centers must tell parents if there are...

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