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Facebook Accused of Exposing User Health Data in Complaint to FTC

February 20, 2019 - A group of health privacy experts recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing Facebook of misleading users about its privacy policies of its “closed” health groups. Filed in December with the FTC and made public this week, the complaint was written by a group led by health IT researcher Fred Trotter and Andrea Downing, a co-moderator for a breast...


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What Pharma Needs to Know about Compliance Regulation in the Cloud

by ClearDATA

An increasing portion of healthcare is moving its business and data to the cloud. About two-thirds of healthcare technology leaders reported using the cloud or cloud services, according to a 2017 HIMSS Analytics report. Research...

Third-Party Vendor Phishing Attack Breaches 31,000 Patient Records

by Jessica Davis

Managed Health Services of Indiana Health Plan is notifying about 31,000 patients of a potential breach to their personal data, caused by a phishing attack on a business associate. According to officials, several employees of LCP...

San Diego School District Phishing Hack Includes Health Data

by Jessica Davis

San Diego Unified School District fell victim to a phishing attack, which breached the personal data, including health information, of more than 500,000 students and staff. The hacker gained access to staff credentials using a targeted...

Social Media Needs Transparent Privacy Policies for Healthcare Data

by Jessica Davis

Two healthcare leaders are calling for greater transparency and stronger laws that outline the data collection practices of social media platforms. In Applied Clinical Informatics, Carolyn Petersen, Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions...

20,000 Patients Impacted by Ransomware Attack on Illinois Specialist

by Jessica Davis

The Center for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases in Illinois recently began notifying 20,371 patients that their data was potentially breached after a ransomware attack in September. On September 18, officials discovered a ransomware attack...

Ransomware Attack on May Eye Care Breaches 30K Patient Records

by Jessica Davis

Pennsylvania-based May Eye Care Center and Associates reported a breach of 30,000 patient records after falling victim to a ransomware attack on July 29. The ransomware infected May Eye Care’s server, compromising its electronic...

Woman Charges WV Firm With Violating Her Patient Privacy Rights

by Fred Donovan

Elizabeth Fry, a resident of Logan County, West Virginia, has filed a state lawsuit in Kanasha Circuit Court charging that Charleston-based Molina Information Systems violated her patient privacy rights by providing third party access to...

NTIA Privacy Principles Plan Parallels NIST Privacy Framework Bid

by Fred Donovan

In parallel with the NIST Privacy Framework effort, the Commerce Department’s NTIA is working on a set of consumer data privacy principles. On Tuesday, it published a request for comment to get consumer and industry feedback on the...

CMS Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Patient Privacy Rights

by Fred Donovan

Minnesota-based Fairview Southdale Hospital violated patient privacy rights by taping patients without their knowledge or consent during psychiatric evaluations in the emergency room, a CMS investigation concluded. The CMS...

Identifying the Challenges to Securing Patient Data

by Insight

Cybercriminals are putting more time and resources into stealing and monetizing protected health information (PHI). The healthcare industry is growing increasingly concerned with the harvesting of credentials to gain access to an...

NIST Cybersecurity Framework To Get Privacy Framework Companion

by Fred Donovan

NIST is launching a collaborative privacy framework initiative as a complement to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the agency announced Sept. 4. The privacy framework would provide voluntary guidelines for protecting privacy in an era of...

Strong Healthcare Data Security Needed for EHR Use in Clinical Trials

by Fred Donovan

The FDA is recommending that organizations and individuals conducting clinical investigations have strong healthcare data security and privacy controls in place when using EHR data for agency-regulated research. In its recently issued Use...

Patient Privacy, Data Security Top Cost for Healthcare Consumers

by Fred Donovan

Consumers ranked patient privacy and data security above cost of care as the most important concerns they have about healthcare, according to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers by health insurance company Aetna. Around 80 percent of...

Patient Privacy Impact of Technology Worries Healthcare Leaders

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare leaders are concerned about patient privacy issues when it comes to undertaking a technology adoption initiative, according to a survey of 347 US health physicians and executives by Ernst & Young. Other worries about...

WHS Suspends Dozen Employees for Alleged HIPAA Violations

by Fred Donovan

Pennsylvania-based Washington Health System (WHS) has suspended around a dozen employees for alleged HIPAA violations involving inappropriately accessing patient records in a high-profile case, the Observer-Reporter newspaper reported June...

Clinical Trial Subjects Unworried about Health Data Sharing Risks

by Fred Donovan

Fewer than 8 percent of clinical trial participants felt that security and privacy risks of health data sharing outweighed the benefits, according to a study by Stanford researchers recently published in the New England Journal of...

Washington Bolsters Patient Privacy Rights with New Law

by Fred Donovan

A Washington state law (SB 6027) set to take effect June 7 limits the use of medical and mental health records in discrimination lawsuits, strengthening patient privacy rights, the Seattle Times reported.  The state House passed SB...

Why Email Failed To Replace Fax For Secure Document Exchange

by J2 Global

Sharing PHI in a HIPAA-compliant fashion using current health IT infrastructure continues to prove a pain point for covered...

Cloud Security, HIPAA Compliance Deter Hospitals from Cloud

by Fred Donovan

Cloud security, HIPAA compliance, and privacy are the three primary concerns for hospital CIOs who have considered using cloud-based applications, according to a survey of 175 healthcare IT professionals by cloud-based digital health...

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