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20,000 Patients Impacted by Ransomware Attack on Illinois Specialist

December 6, 2018 - 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 infected the provider’s servers. An investigation was launched to determine if patient data was at risk and found an unauthorized user may have...


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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...

House Debates Bill to Align SUD Rules with HIPAA Privacy Rule

by Fred Donovan

Supporters and opponents of a bill that would align privacy protections for substance use disorder (SUD) patients with the HIPAA Privacy Rule faced off during a May 8 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health...

Healthcare Data Security Key Part of NIH All of Us Program

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare data security is a key component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored All of Us precision medicine research program, said Program Director Eric Dishman in opening the national enrollment for the...

Best Practices for Keeping Patient Data Confidential

by JotForm

There’s nothing easy about being a healthcare provider in the United States, especially when it comes to health data privacy. From working long hours and dealing with insurance, to abiding by a myriad of government laws —...

Health Data Privacy Rears Its Head at Facebook Hearing

by Fred Donovan

During Congressional hearings last week, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support her bill, Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act, which would...

FTC ‘Misconduct’ Charges Loom as Uber Health Service Launches

by Fred Donovan

Uber is being hit with additional federal penalties for “misconduct” in not reporting a major 2016 data breach at a time when it is launching its Uber Health service, which the ride-sharing company pledges will be HIPAA...

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