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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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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...

3.15M Records Exposed by 142 Healthcare Data Breaches in Q2 2018

by Fred Donovan

In the second quarter of 2018, 3.15 million patient records were compromised in 142 healthcare data breaches, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer. A discouraging 30 percent of privacy violations involved repeat offenders,...

301K Patients Involved in St. Mary’s Paper Records Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri, reported to OCR on July 30 that an improper disposal of paper medical records may have resulted in a data breach affecting 301,000 individuals. In a public notice, St....

Court Rejects Review of FTC Actions in LabMD Data Security Case

by Fred Donovan

A federal appeals court rejected a request by LabMD founder Michael Daugherty for a review of a previous decision that shielded FTC lawyers from allegations that they engaged in unfair enforcement action regarding the now-defunct medical...

19K Orlando Orthopaedic Patients At Risk from Lax Vendor Security

by Fred Donovan

Florida-based Orlando Orthopaedic Center reported to OCR on July 20 that 19,101 individuals were affected by lax vendor security, leading to a possible PHI breach. The breach occurred at a transcription service vendor in December,...

Accidents Were Most Frequent Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

In the second quarter of 2018, the most frequent cause of healthcare data breaches was accidental disclosures, according to incidents reported to the Beazley Breach Response Services team.  Accidental disclosures made up 38 percent...

Phishing Attack Exposes PHI of 1.4M UnityPoint Health Patients

by Fred Donovan

Iowa-based UnityPoint Health said July 30 that it notified approximately 1.4 million patients of a recent email phishing attack incident that may have compromised their PHI. Patient information that might have...

PHI of 105K People At Risk in Boys Town Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Nebraska-based Boys Town National Research Hospital reported to OCR July 20 a healthcare data breach that may have exposed PHI on 105,309 individuals. In a statement, Boys Town said it discovered on May 23 unusual activity relating to an...

Up to $150K for Victims of Flowers’ Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

More than 1,200 people could receive up to $150,000 in payments following the tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Alabama-based Flowers Hospital for a 2014 healthcare data breach, TV station WTVY reported on July...

PHI of 18,000 UMCP Patients at Risk in Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

UMC Physicians (UMCP), a physician practice managment group set up by Texas-based UMC Health System, announced July 11 that it had notified more than 18,000 patients about a healthcare data breach in which their PHI may have...

Health Plan Victims of Healthcare Data Breaches Surge 1,000%

by Fred Donovan

The total number of individuals impacted by healthcare data breaches at health plans surged by more than 1,000 percent in the first five months of 2018, according to Fortified Health Security’s 2018 Mid-Year Horizon Report. Health...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries

by Fred Donovan

In their 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report, IBM and the Ponemon Institute found that healthcare data breach costs average $408 per record, the highest of any industry for the eighth straight year and nearly three times higher than the...

MedEvolve Cops to Healthcare Data Breach With PHI on 200K at Risk

by Fred Donovan

Arkansas-based practice management software provider MedEvolve has finally copped to a healthcare data breach at one of its customers, Premier Immediate Medical Care, which may have impacted more than 200,000 current and former patients of...

Children’s Mercy Faces Lawsuit Over Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

A class action lawsuit was filed this week against Kansas City, Missouri-based Children’s Mercy Hospital in response to a healthcare data breach that affected more than 60,000 individuals earlier this year, the Kansas City Star...

Vulnerable APIs Could Be Used to Execute a Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Application programming interfaces (APIs) will be exploited more by hackers to gain access to healthcare organizations and execute a healthcare data breach or other type of cyberattack, according to the June 2018 HIMSS Healthcare and...

April Was the Cruelest Month for Healthcare Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

April brings rain and HIPAA breaches, with April being the worst month for healthcare data breaches so far this year, according to the data posted on the OCR’s Breach Portal. For the month of April, 42 cyber incidents were reported...

Michigan Medicine Admits to Healthcare Data Breach in Laptop Theft

by Fred Donovan

University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine announced June 25 that around 870 patients were affected by a healthcare data breach that involved the theft of an unencrypted laptop with PHI from an employee’s car. The theft...

270,000 Put at Risk by Med Associates Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

A healthcare data breach at Med Associates, a Latham, NY-based health billing company, may have exposed PHI on more than 270,000 people, reported the Times Union newspaper. In an announcement on its website, Med Associates said that it...

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