Healthcare Information Security

Healthcare Data Breach

Accidental and Unauthorized Emails Create PHI Security Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

No covered entity wants to notify patients of a potential PHI security incident, yet even with the appropriate safeguards in place, problems could still occur. When this happens, it is important to properly notify potentially affected individuals...

Possible Health Data Breaches From Theft, Unauthorized Access

by Elizabeth Snell

Even when covered entities implement sophisticated cybersecurity measures, health data breaches can still happen. It is important to not overlook seemingly simple security measures, such as installing proper locks on doors or even having an alarm...

What Happens When a Healthcare Cyber Policy is Broken?

by Elizabeth Snell

It is not uncommon for healthcare organizations to create a healthcare cyber policy with an insurance company, detailing what will take place should a data breach happen. However, if such policies are not followed, a covered entity might not...

Malware, Billing Company Theft Equal Health Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches are not going to disappear anytime soon, which is why covered entities must ensure that their safeguards are current and comprehensive. Anything from malware to sophisticated cyber attacks to stolen laptops can lead to PHI...

Human Error Top Data Security Issue, Says Law Firm Report

by Elizabeth Snell

It seems as if every week there is a new top data security issue for healthcare organizations to remain vigilant on. If nothing else, it further underlines why a well-rounded approach to data security is essential, and covered entities must ensure...

ISMA Data Breach Reportedly from IT Head’s Stolen Devices

by Elizabeth Snell

The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) information technology administrator reportedly is the employee who had a laptop computer and two external hard drives stolen in February, potentially exposing the information of 39,000 patients and...

Healthcare Data Breaches Stem From Break-in, Phishing, Fraud

by Elizabeth Snell

Preventing healthcare data breaches requires organizations to take numerous factors into account, and ensure that their administrative, physical, and technical safeguards are all working with one another. One lost document, one employee falling...

Two Cases of Improper Disposal Cause Health Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches can be caused by numerous situations, and with the increase of electronic medical records and online issues, the proper care of paper documents can occasionally be overlooked. Regardless of how covered entities store and...

Ponemon Finds 125% Increase in Healthcare Cyber Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cyber attacks continue to make headlines, but recent research shows that such criminal attacks are on the rise in the industry. Since 2010, there has been a 125 percent increase in criminal attacks in the healthcare industry, according...

Hacking Still Leading Cause of 2015 Health Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches are clearly not going away anytime soon, as 2015 has proven itself to consist of some of the largest breaches and hacking incidents on record. The Anthem data breach and Premera Blue Cross breach are the largest data breaches...

Lost Flash Drive Potentially Exposes Patient Information

by Elizabeth Snell

A South Carolina news station reported yesterday that a lost flash drive containing “limited patient information” pushed a hospital to send out notification letters. Roper St. Francis Hospital will send letters to approximately 360...

Data Breach Response Best Practices Guide Released by DOJ

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Cybersecurity Unit recently released a data breach response guide to help facilities better prepare for data security incidents before they occur, as well as what to do after the fact. While the guide was created...

Health Data Included in Ala. Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

A recently proposed data breach notification bill in Alabama could make it the 48th state to have such legislation in place. The bill was first introduced on March 3, 2015, and as of April 14, 2015, it is listed as being under “further...

New Data Breach Notification Bill Lets States Keep Own Laws

by Elizabeth Snell

Several Democratic senators have introduced a national data breach notification bill that will allow states to keep their own notification laws if they have more strict policies already in place. The Consumer Privacy Protection Act was introduced...

Phishing Attack Affects 3,300 Partners HealthCare Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Yet another phishing attack was announced this week, potentially affecting 3,300 patients at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. According to a company statement, the Massachusetts-based facility learned on November 25, 2014 that employees had fallen...

Exposed Medical Records Potentially Puts Patients At Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare facilities must ensure they have the latest privacy and security measures in place to prevent exposed medical records and work toward keeping data breach risks to a minimum. Along with the latest technological safeguards, covered entities...

Phishing Scam, Stolen Laptop Lead to Potential Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breaches can be caused from a variety of incidents, such as an email phishing scam, misplaced medical records, and lost or stolen mobile devices. Without a comprehensive security plan and extensive understanding of HIPAA regulations,...

Ill. Data Breach Law Passes Senate, Includes Medical Data

by Elizabeth Snell

The Illinois Senate passed a data breach law that now includes medical and health insurance data in its definition of “personal information.” The Personal Information Act, or SB 1833, was previously in place, but the new version amends certain...

Is Healthcare Improving Data Breach Prevention Measures?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breach prevention measures are essential in today’s industry, especially as technology continues to evolve and more facilities begin to connect to other networks. Secure data sharing is more prevalent, and organizations need...

Second Email Phishing Scam Hits Ascension Health Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Another email phishing scam was reported at an Ascension Health facility, but it has not yet been said whether the two incidents are related. Seton Family of Hospitals, a division of Seton Healthcare Family (“Seton”), announced on...


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