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Healthcare Data Breach

Thefts Lead to Health Data Breaches for La., Vt. Providers

by Elizabeth Snell

Two recent health data breaches were reported after facilities in Louisiana and Vermont had laptops and other devices were stolen. Incidents like this further prove why healthcare organizations need to have physical, administrative, and technical...

Sutter Health Data Breach Affects 2,500 Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

A former employee reportedly emailed patient information without authorization, leading to a Sutter Health data breach. Sutter Health explained in a statement on its website that 2,582 patients are potentially affected, and that with the exception...

Learning from the Excellus Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week Excellus BCBS reported that it was the latest victim of a large scale cybersecurity breach. The Excellus data breach affected approximately 7 million Excellus patients, as well as 3.5 million members of its non-Blues subsidiary, Lifetime...

Are Health Data Breaches Becoming Too Common?

by Elizabeth Snell

It seems that every week another healthcare provider or health insurer has fallen victim to a health data breach. Smaller entities are not even the ones always making headlines either, as large companies seem to just as likely to be infiltrated...

Excellus BCBS Data Breach Affects 7M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (Excellus BCBS) announced that it had been the victim of a cyber attack, and approximately 7 million individuals potentially had their information exposed. The Excellus BCBS data breach was discovered by the healthcare...

Health Data Breaches Account for 21% of Total Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches continued to account for the most amount of data breaches for the first half of 2015, according to Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. Specifically, health data breaches accounted for 21.1 percent of the total number of incidents,...

UCLA Joins List of Largest Health Data Breaches of 2015

by Sara Heath

Health data breaches continue to be a concern for the healthcare industry. Three quarters of the way through 2015, there have been a reported 180 health data breaches, the largest of which have affected over 78 million patients. According to...

Possible Health Data Breaches for Ohio, Wash. Providers

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers in Ohio and Washington are working through separate potential health data breaches following instances of a missing notebook and an unlocked storage center, respectively. Incidents like these further show why healthcare organizations...

Settlement Reached in Sony Data Breach Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

A settlement has been reached in the Sony data breach lawsuit, following the large-scale data breach from 2014 where some employees’ personal information, including medical information, was posted online. A federal class-action lawsuit...

Health Data Breach Adds to Latest UCLA Security Turmoil

by Sara Heath

Health data security has been a hot topic for the UCLA Health System as of late. The healthcare organization announced yet another health data breach on September 1. According to a hospital statement, UCLA will be sending out data breach notification...

HIPAA Compliance, Data Breaches Top Summer Stories

by Elizabeth Snell

The health data security world is constantly changing, as technology evolves and healthcare organizations work to maintain HIPAA compliance and keep pace with potential threat factors. The past few months have further proven that fact, and shown...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Hacking, Employee Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches can be caused by various incidents, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive safeguards in place. Two separate incidents at medical centers highlight the importance of this fact,...

Calif. Psychiatrist Reports Health Data Breach, PHI Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

California-based psychiatrist Robert E. Soper, M.D. recently notified patients of a health data breach after his car was broken into and a desktop computer containing patient PHI was stolen from the trunk of the car. Other pieces of equipment,...

Illinois Governor Vetoes Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on a data breach notification bill that would have extended the type of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing, and geolocation...

PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

by Sara Heath

PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

by Sara Heath

Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

Employee Negligence Top Health Data Breach Issue, Report Says

by Elizabeth Snell

A large portion of health data breach incidents are tied to insider activity, employee negligence, and physical theft of devices, according to a recent SurfWatch report. The 2015 Mid-Year Cyber Risk Report found that personal information is increasingly...

High-Profile Patients Prompt Internal Health Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

No matter the many safeguards against hacking and cyberattacks are put into place in hospital records, sometimes hospitals need to protect against their own employees’ nosiness as well. Such was the case for the Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit...

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

The protected health information (PHI) of 1,622 Colorado residents was exposed when letters containing the sensitive information were sent to the incorrect households. The data breach, which affected patients who receive state healthcare benefits,...

OPM Data Breach Leads to Another Class Action Suit

by Elizabeth Snell

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following the large scale OPM data breach that took place earlier this year. Judge Teresa J. McGarry...

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