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Centene Healthcare Data Breach Affects 950K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Centene Corporation announced that it experienced a potential healthcare data breach that may affect approximately 950,000 individuals. Centene reported that there is an ongoing search for six missing hard drives, which were unaccounted...

Mont. Facility Reports Healthcare Data Breach Affecting 28K

by Elizabeth Snell

Montana-based New West Health Services d/b/a New West Medicare recently reported a potential healthcare data breach following a laptop theft. While the New West announcement did not specify how many individuals were potentially affected,...

VA Sees 60% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches in December

by Sara Heath

In its December monthly report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has reported a near 61 percent decrease in PHI-related healthcare data breaches since November. This is a welcomed change to last month’s 36...

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the...

St. Luke’s Cornwall Data Breach Due To Missing Thumb Drive

by Elizabeth Snell

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) reported a potential healthcare data breach after a USB thumb drive was stolen on October 31, 2015. After an investigation, SLCH determined that the thumb drive “appears to have included a...

Are Existing Issues a Key Healthcare Data Breach Cause?

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent survey indicates that varying priorities could potentially lead to data breaches, including possible healthcare data breaches. Not only is there a significant gap between organizations’ IT and security teams, but one of the...

More DDoS Attacks Show Need for Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks are up during the third quarter of 2015, reinforcing the healthcare industry’s growing concern for healthcare data security. According to an assessment performed by Akamai, all...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

by Sara Heath

In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital...

Oregon Data Breach Notification Law Goes Into Effect

by Elizabeth Snell

A new Oregon data breach notification law went into effect on January 1, and requires businesses and government agencies to notify the state attorney general of a data breach affecting more than 250 state residents. The Oregon Consumer...

FAS Discusses Federal and State Data Breach, Security Laws

by Sara Heath

It seems as though 2015 was the year of the data breach, especially in the healthcare industry. As a means to regulate these data breaches and ensure adequate notification to individuals whose information had been compromised, several...

Potential PHI Data Breach for Child Welfare Agency

by Elizabeth Snell

California-based child welfare agency Hillsides notified certain individuals that they may have been the victims of a PHI data breach after an employee sent internal files to a personal email address. Hillsides reported that it became...

Boston Medical Center May Face Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Boston Medical Center could potentially face a lawsuit after a Massachusetts Superior Court judge deemed that a plaintiff had legal standing to sue the organization following a healthcare data breach. According to a Mintz Levin law firm...

Mental Health Record Data Breach for Wis. Clinic

by Elizabeth Snell

A Wisconsin counseling center recently reported a data breach that may have exposed mental health records for approximately 500 individuals. Fox River Counseling Center had an “unsecured laptop” stolen on October 23,...

87% of PHI Data Breaches Occur in the US, Verizon Reports

by Sara Heath

PHI is being accessed in healthcare data breaches at an alarming rate, and the United States is the prime location for those incidents, according to the first-ever Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report. The report shows...

Patient Privacy Violated Following Employee Theft in Oregon

by Elizabeth Snell

Oregon-based Northwest Primary Care (NWPC) recently notified approximately 5,300 patients that some of their personal information was inappropriately accessed by a former employee. The patient privacy violation reportedly occurred when a...

Visual Hacking Poses a New Healthcare Data Security Threat

by Sara Heath

Although the healthcare data security industry is heavily investing in precautionary measures on their technical devices, they are missing a less sophisticated gap in their security efforts: visual hacking. According to 3M, visual hacking...

VA Reports PHI Healthcare Data Breaches Up 36% in November

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced approximately a 36 percent increase in PHI healthcare data breach incidents during the month of November, according to the agency’s most recent report to Congress. Although the VA...

HIPAA Compliance, Data Breaches Are Top 2015 Stories

by Elizabeth Snell

As 2015 comes to an end, it can be beneficial to review the top issues that covered entities and their business associates encountered on a daily basis. Understanding HIPAA compliance will be critical for 2016, especially as the Office...

Top 10 Healthcare Data Breaches of 2015

by Elizabeth Snell

This was a significant year for the healthcare industry in terms of data breaches. The top three healthcare data breaches alone combined to potentially affect nearly 100 million individuals. As 2015 comes to an end, HealthITSecurity.com...

Cyberattack Causes Healthcare Data Breach at MaineGeneral

by Sara Heath

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified MaineHealth as having experienced a cyber attack.  MaineGeneral Health will be sending out healthcare data breach notification letters to individuals who...

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