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$115M Settlement Proposed in Anthem Data Breach Case

June 26, 2017 - Plaintiffs in the Anthem data breach litigation case recently filed a $115 million settlement proposal, which would also require the healthcare provider to guarantee a certain level of funding for information security. Anthem would also need to implement or maintain data security system changes. The motion is scheduled to be heard on August 17, 2017. Class members will be notified if the motion...


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PHI Security Breach Potentially Affects 2K ND Medicaid Patients

by Kate Monica

On May 10, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) discovered a report of discarded NDDHS Medicaid claim resolution worksheet documents containing PHI. The papers were reportedly found in a dumpster in Bismark, North Dakota....

5.5K Patients Affected in Children’s Mercy Security Incident

by Kate Monica

On March 23, 2017, Children’s Mercy Kansas City in Missouri suffered a security incident involving patient information. Children’s Mercy said it discovered an unauthorized website containing information collected by one of the hospital’s...

Unauthorized PHI Access at Coney Island Hospital Impacts 3.4K

by Kate Monica

On March 10, 2017, NYC Health + Hospitals at Coney Island discovered that it had suffered unauthorized PHI access occurring over the course of three months from December 2016 to March 2017. The incident involved a volunteer working in the Phlebotomy...

Texas Hospital Email Hack Exposes PHI of over 8K Patients

by Kate Monica

On February 21, 2017, an unauthorized individual accessed an employee email account containing PHI at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas. Hill Country stated the email hack appears to be the result of intentional criminal...

HHS Urges Caution in Wake of WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: HHS released an additional update on May 15 with new details regarding the ransomware attack. Last week, multiple countries around the world reported falling victim to the WannaCry ransomware attack. Numerous hospitals and healthcare...

Unauthorized EHR Access Potentially Exposes 14K Records

by Kate Monica

On February 27, 2017, the Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause discovered a potential data breach in which an unauthorized individual gained access to a third-party server containing patient EHRs. While the patient EHRs and the database...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

50% of Industry Incidents from Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Half of the reported healthcare data security incidents from October 2015 to September 2016 stemmed from healthcare ransomware attacks, according to a recent NTT Security report. The NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report found that...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

TN Updates Data Breach Notification Law for Encrypted Data

by Elizabeth Snell

Any person or business that conducts business in Tennessee is only required give data breach notification if the information acquired was unencrypted, according to a recently passed amendment. Amended Senate Bill 547 states that encrypted data...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

Allina Health Privacy Incident Possibly Exposes Patient Info

by Kate Monica

Minnesota-based Allina Health recently announced that paper documents were emptied into the trash before the documents could be securely shredded. The documents were from a recycling bin in the physician’s private office, and were to be...

Brand New Day Data Breach from Vendor System Access

by Elizabeth Snell

A California-based Medicare health plan is notifying approximately 14,000 patients that some of their information may have been compromised in a potential vendor data breach. Brand New Day became aware on December 28, 2016 that a contracting...

CoPilot Security Breach Potentially Impacts 220K Patients

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. announced it detected unauthorized access of one of its databases and notified potentially impacted patients of the security breach. CoPilot has no evidence any information has been distributed...

Top 4 Healthcare Data Breaches Stem from Hacking Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

While 2016 is not yet complete, there have already been approximately 250 reported cases of potential healthcare data breaches affecting more than 500 individuals submitted to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The majority of these incidents...

Data Security Incident from Arkansas Break-in Affects 2K

by Elizabeth Snell

Arkansas-based Baxter Regional Home Health Facility (Baxter Home Health) announced that certain patients and employees may have had some of their information exposed in a data security incident that took place in August 2016. Baxter Home Health...

Potential Bon Secours Data Breach Affects 655K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

South Carolina-based Bon Secours Health System, Inc. announced last week that it experienced a potential healthcare data breach that may affect 665,000 patients. R-C Healthcare Management is a vendor that works with Bon Secours, and inadvertently...

Stolen Patient Records in OH Lead to Potential PHI Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

An Ohio-area dental practice has notified 7,784 individuals of a potential PHI breach after patient records were stolen, reported the Office of Civil Rights on its website. In a HIPAA breach notification letter, Sunbury Plaza Dental explained...

Bizmatics Healthcare Data Breach Affects Another 22K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

North Ottowa Medical Group has identified a hacking incident at Bizmatics, an EHR vendor, as the source of a potential healthcare data breach, according to a press release. The Michigan-based medical group was notified by Bizmatics that servers...

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