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Healthcare Data Breach

Unsecured Database Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 3,000...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Reported Data Security Incident

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 the health...

MedStar Ransomware Attack Caused by Known Security Flaw

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 discovered...

Computer Virus Possibly Exposes PHI in Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 were affected,...

Healthcare Data Breaches Most Common in 2015 Incidents

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 incidents that...

Ransomware Attack in DC Causes Health Data Breach Concerns

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 March...

HITRUST Head Addresses Health Data Security, Cyber Insurance

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 the Homeland...

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, encrypts...

Wal-Mart Pharmacy Coding Error Causes Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Wal-Mart’s online pharmacy suffered a healthcare data breach last month after a software coding error led some customers to be able to view other customers’ data. According to a Reuters report, Wal-Mart underwent a 72-hour period...

$7.5M Healthcare Data Breach Settlement for St. Joseph Health

by Sara Heath

A class-action lawsuit against St. Joseph Health System for a 2012 healthcare data breach has been resolved, resulting in SJHS paying the class members $242 each, splitting the total settlement check of $7.5 million. According to court documents,...

Large Data Breaches Top Worry for Health Pros, Survey Shows

by Sara Heath

Large-scale data breaches, like the ones that have been affecting the healthcare industry in recent years, are a key issue in several industries. Numerous organizations are becoming highly concerned about the possibility of being affected by...

Patient PHI Affected in California Facility Phishing Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

A California-based cancer research and treatment center recently announced that some patient PHI may have been compromised in a phishing attack. City of Hope reported on its website that four staff members had their email accounts accessed by...

Phishing Scam Leaks Employee Information at NJ Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey recently announced that more than 5,000 employees at some of its facilities may be at the risk of identity theft following a phishing scam that potentially compromised their information. Facilities...

CA Data Breach Report: Healthcare Data Encryption Necessary

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data encryption is a “particular imperative,” and one that should also be considered for other organizations when it comes to protecting personal data stored on laptops, desktop computers, and mobile devices, according...

Hollywood Presbyterian Pays $17,000 after Ransomware Attack

by Sara Heath

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) has paid $17,000 after a ransomware attack, which encrypted its EHR and demanded the sum of money in exchange for the encryption key. According to a public statement from the hospital, there is no...

Lessons Learned from 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Last year was filled with healthcare data breaches, with the top three alone combining to affect nearly 100 million individuals. Will 2016 hold the same potential threats to covered entities? How can healthcare organizations best prepare for...

Healthcare Data Breach in CA Caused by Impersonation Scam

by Sara Heath

Magnolia Health Corporation (MHC) has reported a potential data breach due to a likely scam that has affected all active MHC employees and its affiliated facilities. According to a public announcement made by MHC, a third-party individual impersonated...

Auditing Company Reports Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Auditing company Seim Johnson recently reported a potential healthcare data breach that could affect over 30,000 individuals. Nebraska-based Community Hospital might be one of the affected facilities, as it announced earlier this week that it...

Why EHR Vendors Are Next Healthcare Data Breach Target

by Mark Menke of Digital Guardian

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is a hackers’ gold mine for valuable, sensitive data. Along with private information like patients’ names, mailing addresses, email aliases and dates of birth, healthcare firms also...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

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