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Anthem to Pay Record $16M for HIPAA Violations Exposing 79M Records

October 16, 2018 - Anthem has agreed to pay a record $16 million, almost three times the previous highest HIPAA penalty, and to take correct actions to settle HIPAA violations that exposed the ePHI of close to 79 million people, OCR announced Oct. 15. “The largest health data breach in U.S. history fully merits the largest HIPAA settlement in history,” said OCR Director Roger Severino in...


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Michigan Medicine Reports 2nd Healthcare Data Breach This Year

by Fred Donovan

The University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine reported to OCR on Sept. 28 that there was an unauthorized access/disclosure of paper records that affected 3,624 individuals. In a press release, Michigan Medicine said that there was...

California Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Health Data Breach Suit

by Fred Donovan

The California Superior Court has denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against A.J. Boggs & Company for a health data breach that exposed confidential medical records of 93 individuals with HIV, Lambda Legal, who is...

PHI Data Security of 19,000 Toyota Employees at Risk

by Fred Donovan

Toyota Industries North America announced Sept. 28 that a data breach involving 19,000 current and former employees and health plan participants may have put PHI data security at risk.   Toyota said it discovered on Aug. 30 that an...

Hacker Steals 124 PHI-Laden Emails in Aspire Phishing Attack

by Fred Donovan

Aspire Health, a Nashville-based in-home healthcare provider, suffered a phishing attack on Sept. 3 in which a hacker gained access to its internal email system earlier this month, according to court documents cited by...

MGH Study Finds Major Increase in US Healthcare Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

Since 2010, the total number of healthcare data breaches has increased steadily every year — except in 2015 — from 199 in 2010 to 344 in 2017, according to an analysis of US health care data conducted by two Massachusetts...

UMass Memorial to Pay $230,000 for Healthcare Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

UMass Memorial healthcare entities have agreed to pay $230,000 to the state of Massachusetts to resolve claims that two separate healthcare data breaches exposed PHI of more than 15,000 state residents. The lawsuit by the Massachusetts...

Independence Blue Cross Admits to Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

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...

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

by Fred Donovan

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...

Reliable Respiratory Says Phishing Attack Affected 21K Individuals

by Fred Donovan

Massachusetts-based medical equipment supplier Reliable Respiratory reported to OCR on Sept. 1 that a phishing attack exposed PHI on 21,311 individuals. In a notice on its website, Reliable Respiratory said that on July 3 it discovered a...

Arc of Erie County Hit With $200K Fine for HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

The New York Attorney General has levied a $200,000 fine on Arc of Erie County for a HIPAA violation that exposed ePHI on 3,751 clients. The Buffalo-based nonprofit, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities,...

Premera Accused of Trashing Computer in Health Data Breach Lawsuit

by Fred Donovan

Premera Blue Cross is being accused of destroying a key piece of evidence in the class-action lawsuit against the health insurer over a health data breach that compromised PHI on 11 million people. Lawyers for the breach victims filed a...

PHI Data, My Friend, Is Blowin’ in the New Mexico Wind

by Fred Donovan

Medical records containing PHI data of patients from Turquoise Lodge Hospital were found blowing around the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico, TV station KRQE reported Sept. 1. The medical records were being transported to a secure...

PHI on 20K Children Exposed in WellCare Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

PHI on close to 20K children was exposed in a healthcare data breach when WellCare Health Plans, which administers the Missouri Medicaid plan, sent letters to the wrong addresses, the Kansas City Star reported Aug. 29. The company said...

HMC Says Ransomware Attack Turned Into Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Health Management Concepts (HMC) recently experienced a ransomware attack that quickly turned into a healthcare data breach. In an Aug. 22 letter, attorneys for HMC informed the New Hampshire Attorney General that it discovered on...

Dermatology Clinics See Rash of Healthcare Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

A pair of dermatology clinics reported to OCR this month healthcare data breaches that exposed PHI on a total of 5,375 patients. Maryland-based Anne Arundel Dermatology told OCR on August 9 that 1,310 individuals were affected by the...

Firms Lack Cyber Insurance Despite Healthcare Data Breach Costs

by Fred Donovan

Given the proliferation and cost of healthcare data breaches and ransomware attacks, it is surprising that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have no cyber insurance, according to a survey of security executives by Ovum for...

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

by Fred Donovan

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...

417K Patients Exposed In Latest Phishing Attack at AU Health

by Fred Donovan

Close to half a million people may have had their PHI and other personal information exposed in a September 2017 phishing attack that impacted the Augusta University (AU) Health system. Another phishing attack on July 11, 2018, may have...

Healthcare Data Security Angst Drives Biometrics Market Growth

by Fred Donovan

Concerns about healthcare data security and privacy are fueling rapid growth in the healthcare biometrics market, which is forecast by Verified Market Intelligence to grow at a 19.1 percent CAGR through 2025. The market is expected...

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