Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Breach

Improper Employee Access Creates Potential Health Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

ProMedica, a healthcare organization in Ohio, has investigated a potential healthcare data breach after discovering several employees had inappropriately accessed the private medical records for patients they were not directly...

How a Proactive Approach Improves Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jacqueline LaPointe

While healthcare data breaches were the most reported data security incident in 2015, it is not surprising that more organizations are employing or seeking a third-party managed security services vendor to help identify and react to...

Hackers Cause Possible Healthcare Data Breach for 40K Patients

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A Connecticut-based podiatry group is facing a possible healthcare data breach that has impacted approximately 40,491 individuals after hackers accessed network services, according to the Office of Civil Rights data breach report. An...

Vendor Healthcare Data Breach Exposes Info on 87K Patients

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Southeast Eye Institute, PA, or Eye Associates of Pinellas, has recently reported a possible healthcare data breach after an unauthorized party accessed patient files that were formerly managed by a third-party vendor. Approximately...

Malware Incident in MI Creates Potential PHI Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Michigan-based Complete Chiropractic and Bodywork Therapies has notified patients of a possible PHI data breach after a server was accessed by an unauthorized entity. According to the OCR’s data breach portal, approximately 4,082...

Hackers Access EHR Data in Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A medical group in Texas is facing a potential healthcare data breach that may have exposed patient and employee information after a hacking incident. Approximately 50,000 individuals were affected by the healthcare data security event at...

Rise In Healthcare Data Breaches Cost Industry $6.2 Billion

by Jacqueline LaPointe

As a new story about hospital ransomware or a stolen laptop containing PHI seemingly emerges every day, it comes as no surprise that healthcare data breaches have steadily increased in frequency and severity since 2010. Researchers at the...

Potential Healthcare Data Breach in OH Affects 59K Patients

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has reported a potential healthcare data breach that has affected 59,000 individuals. OhioMHAS announced that PHI was exposed after postcards were sent to patients who...

Robbery at CA Practice Causes Possible Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A California-based chiropractic office has notified 600 patients of a potential healthcare data breach after the practice was burgled in early March, reported EastBayTimes.com. In an official statement, Vibrant Body Wellness explained...

Human Error Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare data breaches in 2015 were more likely to be caused by human error in the form of stolen or lost assets, insider and privilege misuse, and miscellaneous errors, such as improper device disposal or mishandling PHI, reported...

OCR HIPAA Settlement Costs New York Hospital $2.2M

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A recent Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA settlement agreement states a New York-based hospital must pay $2.2 million after it allowed unauthorized filming of patients, according a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press...

Potential Healthcare Data Breach Affects Over 19K Patients

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Pain Treatment Centers of America (PTCOA) and Interventional Surgery Institute (ISI), a healthcare network in Arkansas, has reported a potential PHI data breach after a vendor notified them of a hacking incident. According to...

Unsecured Database Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A Pennsylvania-based healthcare network is facing a possible healthcare data breach after one of its databases was left unsecured on its website, according to a recent press release. Einstein Healthcare Network stated that approximately...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Reported Data Security Incident

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare data breaches were the most common type of data security incident reported in 2015, according to a recent study by Symantec Corporation. Researchers found that approximately 39 percent of breaches during the year occurred in...

MedStar Ransomware Attack Caused by Known Security Flaw

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Last month’s ransomware attack on MedStar Health’s computer systems was from a well-known security vulnerability in an application server, according to an Associated Press article. The ransomware attack occurred after hackers...

Computer Virus Possibly Exposes PHI in Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Mercy Iowa City, an acute care hospital and regional referral center, recently announced that it experienced a possible healthcare data breach after discovering a computer virus. While Mercy Iowa City did not state how many individuals...

Healthcare Data Breaches Most Common in 2015 Incidents

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare data breaches accounted for the most data security incidents in 2015, the second annual Baker Hostetler Data Security Incident Response Report stated. The report analyzed the lessons learned from over 300 data security...

Ransomware Attack in DC Causes Health Data Breach Concerns

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The FBI is investigating a recent potential ransomware attack at MedStar Health, a healthcare system based in Washington DC and Maryland. According to The Washington Post, MedStar Health officials shut down its email and EHR systems on...

HITRUST Head Addresses Health Data Security, Cyber Insurance

by Jacqueline LaPointe

With the increase in volume and severity of recent health data breaches, more and more healthcare providers and associated organizations are relying on cyber insurance to complement their health data security policies and procedures. At...

Ransomware Attack Hits KY Hospital, Patient Files Encrypted

by Sara Heath

A Kentucky-based hospital has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, according to Jessica Gavin of WFIE. According to sources at Methodist Hospital, its servers were infected with the Locky ransomware virus, which copies all vital files,...

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