Healthcare Information Security
  • Boston Hospitals Cough Up $1M for ‘Boston Med’ HIPAA Violations

    September 20, 2018 - OCR announced Sept. 20 that it has fined three Boston-area hospitals close to $1 million for HIPAA violations involving the filming of ABC’s TV series “Boston Med.” OCR reached HIPAA settlements with Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for compromising patients’ PHI when they invited the...

  • Vendor Blamed for Health Data Breach Exposing 1,500 BCBSRI Members

    September 17, 2018 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) said that a health data breach of PHI affecting 1,567 people was caused by a vendor responsible for sending benefits explanations to members, the Providence Journal reported. The benefits explanations, or summaries, were sent to the wrong members in the same household or on the same family healthcare plan. The summaries included...

  • Smart Wristband Raises Health Data Security, Privacy Concerns

    September 11, 2018 - Rutgers University researchers have created a new smart wristband with a biosensor that can count particles in the user’s blood and transmit that data via Bluetooth to a nearby smartphone. While this technology could have a major impact on personal healthcare, it also could raise health data security and patient privacy concerns. The plastic wristband includes a flexible...

  • Judge Gives Final OK to $115M Anthem Data Breach Settlement

    August 20, 2018 - US District Judge Lucy Koh has given final approval to a $115 million settlement that ends further claims against Anthem over its 2015 data breach that exposed personal information on 79 million people. Potentially exposed data included names, dates of birth, medical IDs or Social Security numbers, street addresses, and email addresses. Employment information was also potentially put...


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MA Physician Gets 1-Year Probation for Criminal HIPAA Violation

Rita Luthra, a Springfield, MA-based gynecologist, was sentenced Sept. 19 to one-year probation for a criminal HIPAA violation and obstruction of a criminal healthcare investigation. In April, a jury convicted her of allowing a...

HHS Still Leads in DMARC Implementation To Stop Phishing Attacks

With the Oct. 16 deadline looming, HHS continues to lead in securing the most domains of any federal agency as part of the DMARC protocol implementation, which is designed to prevent phishing attacks from succeeding. As of Sept. 14, HHS...

Boston Hospitals Cough Up $1M for ‘Boston Med’ HIPAA Violations

OCR announced Sept. 20 that it has fined three Boston-area hospitals close to $1 million for HIPAA violations involving the filming of ABC’s TV series “Boston Med.” OCR reached HIPAA settlements with Boston Medical...

Independence Blue Cross Admits to Healthcare Data Breach

Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross (IBC) announced Sept. 17 that PHI was uploaded by an employee to a website that was publicly accessible between April 23 and July 20, 2018. KYW news radio reported that around 17,000 IBC...

Europol Warns Nation-States Behind More Ransomware Attacks

The European law enforcement agency Europol is warning that nation-states are increasingly behind ransomware attacks, such as the 2017 WannaCry campaign. The WannaCry ransomware targeted medical devices and...

CMS Needs To Beef Up Risk Management for Medicare Database

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) needs to improve its risk management oversight and security controls to ensure the availability of the Medicare enrollment database (EDB), concluded an HHS Office of Inspector General...

Healthcare Workers Uninformed About Cybersecurity Best Practices

Forty percent of healthcare workers would allow a colleague to use their work computer, displaying a disturbing lack of knowledge about cybersecurity best practices. Surprisingly, healthcare workers performed better than government...

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