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Health Data Security Part of OIG Health Reform Plan


The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to focus on health data security, specifically whether consumers’ personal information is safe, as part of its Health Reform Oversight Plan for 2015. “In...

PHI Data Breaches Increase 25% in 2014, Says Redspin Report


Last year, 164 PHI data breaches were reported to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), according to the fifth annual Redspin data breach report. That is a 25 percent increase over 2013 and approximately...

Supreme Court Dismisses Medical Identity Theft Lawsuit


The Supreme Court has dismissed a class action suit for medical identity theft filed against St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), a healthcare facility in Texas. According to a report on, Beverly Peters, a patient of SJHS, filed...

HIE Security Underlined at Ohio HIT Event


HIE security is an essential aspect of an organization’s overall privacy and security measures, and facilities of all sizes can use HIEs for HIPAA compliant communications. Those ideas were just some of the discussion points at the recent Ohio...

Medical Identity Theft Increases 21%, Says Ponemon Study


When patients’ PHI is stolen, medical identity theft could occur. Moreover, providers that don’t comply with HIPAA standards could face heavy fines, as well as other challenges to their reputation and their patients’ security. According...

Wyo. Security Breach Notification Bill Includes Health Data


Wyoming recently passed legislation calling for greater security breach notification and included health information in its definition of “personal information.” Wyoming now joins a seemingly nationwide trend as more states move to...

Three Data Security Notices Sent to Calif. Patients


The third time might be the charm, but when it comes to giving data security notices to patients because of a potential healthcare data breach, one comprehensive notification is likely all that patients want to receive. California dentist Dr....

Minn. Organization Testifies on Patient Privacy Law


Minnesota’s current patient privacy law should not be repealed in favor of HIPAA, according to the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF). The organization’s president and co-founder, Twila Brase, testified in front of the Minnesota...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules and Regulations: The Omnibus Rule


As healthcare organizations continuously update their systems and implement the latest tools to improve patient care, it is important for providers to remain mindful of all HIPAA rules and regulations. Starting this week,

Identity Theft Allegedly Due to Stolen University Records


Students at a Georgia university are claiming that they are victims of identity theft after their information, including some medical data, was reported stolen from a campus office back in September. Shorter University, located in Rome,...

The ‘Human Factor’ and Healthcare Privacy and Security


An organization can have all the necessary healthcare privacy and security measures in place, but without comprehensive employee training, the facility could still fall victim to a data breach or violate HIPAA regulations. That is just one of...

Why EHR Privacy, Transparency Are Crucial to Healthcare


EHR privacy, along with transparency of how medical records are transmitted and shared, are important issues to patients, according to survey results shared at a recent meeting of the ONC Health IT Policy Committee’s Privacy & Security...

VA Data Breach Notification Letters Decrease in 2015 Q1


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is potentially on a more positive track for 2015 when it comes to keeping veterans’ protected health information (PHI) safe, as fewer VA data breach notification letters were sent out over the last few...

Why Secure Medical Devices Should be a Priority


As more healthcare organizations implement electronic health records (EHRs) and begin to connect to health information exchanges (HIEs), the need for secure medical devices also increases in importance. A facility cannot run the risk of exposing...

Stronger Cybersecurity Encouraged with Presidential Order


President Barack Obama continued his push for stronger cybersecurity across the nation by issuing an executive order last week that promotes greater data sharing in the private sector. On Feb. 13, the President announced the executive order when...

Potential Health Data Breach for Hawaii Office


Kaiser Permanente is notifying customers of a potential health data breach after a box of medical documents spilled off of a courier truck on Jan. 7. The papers were being transported to storage from Kaiser Permanente’s Kona Medical Office,...

Cybersecurity Measures, VA Healthcare on GAO High-Risk List


Improved cybersecurity measures, particularly how private and government entities collect and process personally identifiable information (PII), is one area that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wants to expand upon as it’s becoming...

Conn. Seeks Health Data Encryption Policy


Following the massive Anthem data breach earlier this month, some Connecticut lawmakers hope to create a new health data encryption policy to better protect consumer information. That state’s Senate Democratic leaders want Connecticut health...

White House Launches New Cybersecurity Agency


The government is continuing its efforts to work toward mitigating cyber threats, as this week it announced the creation of a new cybersecurity agency. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center is expected to assist in cybersecurity the...

Final Orders Approved in FTC Patient Privacy Case


The Federal Trade Commission approved final orders resolving complaints in a patient privacy case where customers were allegedly tricked into disclosing some of their personal health information. In a 5-0 vote, the FTC approved final orders in...


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