Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Breach

Calif. Facility Reports Two Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

A California healthcare organization recently reported two separate healthcare data breaches that potentially exposed patients’ PHI. Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) announced on October 6, 2015 that some “small glass...

New Research System Helps Reduce Genomic Data Security Risks

by Sara Heath

Health data sharing is an important part of ensuring complete and effective healthcare research. However, it poses a significant risk to health data security and genomic data security. This conundrum is made evident in recent research by Sayush...

Healthcare Data Breaches Not Top Consumer Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Even with healthcare data breaches seemingly being reported every week, the majority of Americans are not overly worried about the security of their medical information, according to a recent survey. Vormetric found that 89 percent of individuals...

NYC Health Center Notifies 1,500 Patients of PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

A New York City medical and mental health center recently reported a potential PHI data breach after a laptop containing patient information was stolen, underscoring the importance of encrypting devices on which patient health data is stored....

S.C. Hospital Employee Violates Patient Privacy, Steals PHI

by Sara Heath

Although implementing adequate technical and physical safeguards to keep potential hackers from accessing patient health information is vitally important, those measures are sometimes not enough to prevent patient privacy violations and health...

PHI Data Breaches After Unsecure Email, Cybersecurity Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Two separate PHI data breaches at facilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma potentially compromised the information of approximately 5,700 individuals. While the two incidents were caused by different issues, they both further underline the importance...

NY Health Data Breach Affects Persons with Disabilities

by Sara Heath

A health data breach involving the allegedly stolen protected health information (PHI) of individuals with disabilities has occurred, according to the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), an advocacy group for individuals with disabilities. According...

Ark., Md. Providers Notify Patients of Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

Recently, two health data breaches were reported in Arkansas and Maryland. Although neither of these incidents included billing or Social Security information, they did both result in HIPAA notification letters due to potential PHI disclosure....

VA September Report Shows 292% Increase in PHI Disclosure

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has released its September report to Congress, detailing various health data breach incidents within the agency. For September, the VA reports a major increase in how many veterans have been affected...

Medicaid Data Breach, Security Issue at NC and CA Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

A Medicaid data breach and a separate data security incident were reported at two facilities recently, further showing why organizations that handle patient data need to have comprehensive and current data security plans in place. HIPAA covered...

OU Health Data Breach from Stolen Laptop Affects Over 9,000

by Sara Heath

Although healthcare providers often report taking mobile device security seriously, health data breaches due to lost or stolen laptops still do occur. Such was the case at the University of Oklahoma Department of Urology, according to a recent...

Accenture: Healthcare Cyberattacks to Hit $305B Over 5 Years

by Elizabeth Snell

There is no question that healthcare cyberattacks can be particularly devastating to the industry, especially as several recent large-scale data breaches have shown how far reaching such attacks can be. However, a recent survey from Accenture...

California Adopts Statewide Data Breach Notification Laws

by Sara Heath

In the wake of several recent large-scale data breaches, such as the UCLA Health System, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a law that would provide statewide regulations for data breach notification. The law, which comes as a three-bill...

Florida Health Plan Data Breach After Mailing Error

by Elizabeth Snell

A Florida health plan is dealing with a potential data breach after a mailing error caused some members to receive the personal information of other members. CarePlus Health Plans announced that on September 18, a machine that was programmed...

Misprinted Letter Leads to Affinity Health Plan Data Breach

by Sara Heath

As health data breaches continue to be commonplace in the healthcare industry, it is important to recognize the various reasons for their occurrence. Although theft and hacking are commonly reported on, there are also many instances of health...

Stolen Computer Hard Drives Lead to Health Data Breach in VA

by Sara Heath

Health data security breaches continue to be an issue for healthcare providers. In recent events, Sentara Heart Hospital, located in Norfolk, VA, has issued health data breach notification letters to over 1,000 patients after computer hard drives...

Theft, Printing Error Lead to Health Data Breaches in IL, NC

by Elizabeth Snell

Two separate health data breaches were recently reported at facilities in Illinois and North Carolina. While the two have different causes, healthcare organizations should still take note to ensure that they do not experience identical situations,...

Possible Health Data Breaches From Fraud, Online Exposure

by Elizabeth Snell

Two separate incidents in New Jersey and California led to potential health data breaches, further showing why covered entities need comprehensive security measures. Everything from technical safeguards to proper employee training will help to...

VA Reports 86% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has released its August report of health data breaches to Congress. In general, the VA reports a dip in reported incidents and a significant decrease in PHI related incidents compared to the July...

Molina Healthcare PHI Data Breach May Cause Identity Theft

by Sara Heath

Molina Healthcare issued PHI data breach notification letters to current or former members explaining that their PHI had been breached for fraudulent purposes. According to a copy of the letter, CVS, the over-the-counter (OTC) vendor for Molina...

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