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Retirement Community Reports Potential PHI Data Breach for 5.2K

by Elizabeth Snell

Maryland-based Westminster Ingleside King Farm Presbyterian Retirement Communities, Inc. (Ingleside) experienced a possible PHI data breach when it was targeted by a malware attack, according to an online statement. Ingleside discovered...

New York Reaches $1.15M Settlement over Aetna Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a $1.15 million settlement has been reached following the Aetna data breach that occurred in 2017. Aetna sent letters to patients in the mail back in July 2017. Information about...

Patient Data Likely Unaffected in Adams Health Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Indiana-based Adams Health Network experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, the organization confirmed in an online statement. CEO Jo Ellen Eidam said that a virus was put on the computer systems but patient care was not interrupted...

What Precedent Will Be Set in CareFirst Data Breach Case?

by Elizabeth Snell

The flood gates could potentially be opened for “no-injury class actions arising from virtually every data breach” if the US Supreme Court does not reaffirm the Washington DC circuit court’s decision with the CareFirst...

$17M Settlement Agreement Reached in Aetna Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Aetna has reached a $17 million settlement following a reported data breach from 2017 where 12,000 individuals were impacted. The healthcare company Aetna sent letters in the mail where information about ordering prescription HIV drugs...

Onco360 Email Data Security Incident Impacts 53K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Onco360 and CareMed Specialty Pharmacy are notifying patients that a data security incident stemming from unauthorized access to employee email accounts may have involved their health information. Suspicious activity on an...

29K Impacted by SSM Health Data Breach from Unauthorized Access

by Elizabeth Snell

St. Louis, Missouri-based SSM Health recently reported that it experienced a potential data breach after an employee accessed patient records without authorization. The access occurred between February 13, 2017 and October 20, 2017 when...

2017 Updated State Data Breach Laws Account for Medical Information

by Elizabeth Snell

State data breach laws can be critical for protecting sensitive data, and healthcare organizations must ensure they adhere to them along with federal regulations. The data breach notification process is a crucial aspect to state law, and...

PA Security Breach from Missing External Hard Drive Affects 4.1K

by Elizabeth Snell

Pennsylvania-based Washington Health System (WHS) Greene recently announced that a missing external hard drive has created security breach concerns at the organization. The device was for the Bone Densitometry machine and contained...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Contribute to 2017 Top Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

With the majority of healthcare providers reporting that they were impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack in the past 12 months, it is not surprising that nine out of the 10 largest breaches reported to OCR in 2017 were caused by...

Employees File Lawsuit Following Lincare Holdings Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Former Lincare Holdings, Inc. employees filed a class-cation lawsuit against the organization, claiming negligence with regard to their personally identifiable information (PII) and that identity theft could result from a Lincare Holdings...

Neurology Foundation Unauthorized PHI Access Could Affect 12K

by Elizabeth Snell

Rhode Island-based The Neurology Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) recently announced that an employee had been making unauthorized PHI access. The employee had been using a company credit card to make unauthorized purchases, but it was...

Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of...

PHI of 4.7K Ohio Patients Affected by Unauthorized EHR Access

by Kate Monica

  The Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care (DDC) at UC Health recently suffered an instance of unauthorized EHR access, potentially affecting patient PHI security. On June 2, 2017, the UC Health Privacy Office learned that an...

HIPAA Data Breaches, Cyber Attacks Reported by 47% of Orgs

by Elizabeth Snell

There has been an increase over the past two years in healthcare providers and health plans experiencing HIPAA data breaches or cybersecurity attacks that compromised data, according to a recent KPMG survey. The 2017 Cyber Healthcare...

$115M Settlement Proposed in Anthem Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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