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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 for Civil...

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 reviewed...

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 fell victim...

UCHealth Alerts Patients of Internal Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Colorado-based UCHealth is notifying approximately 800 patients of an internal healthcare data breach that resulted from an employee inappropriately accessing electronic patient files. According to a hospital statement, the incident was discovered...

Healthcare Data Breaches Top Concern in 2016, Says Experian

by Sara Heath

Healthcare data breaches are slated to be a continuing concern into 2016, according to an Experian Data Breach Resolution white paper. The white paper, which served as a 2016 data breaches forecast, explains that healthcare data security will...

Exposed Server Causes Cottage Health Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Nearly 11,000 patients have had their health information breached in a recent healthcare data breach at Cottage Health in California. According to a hospital statement, an outside IT security contractor was testing the provider’s data systems...

Data Breaches Lead to Growing Health Data Security Market

by Sara Heath

The health data security market is on a definitive upswing, according to a report from Grand View Research. In 2014, the market size was valued at $5.5 billion, and is expected to grow significantly from there. The cybersecurity market by end...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

by Sara Heath

After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data security...

OIG Identifies IT Security Issues Following OPM Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Following the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released an audit report detailing several IT security issues at the agency. Although the data breach...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for...

Patient Health Data Second-Most Stolen Data Type, Says Study

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient health data is one of the most commonly stolen types of data, according to a recent study. The combination of health data and personally identifiable information (PII) is the second-most stolen data type, the TrendLabs 3Q 2015 Security...

LabMD Health Data Breach Case Dismissed

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this week an administrative law judge dismissed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD case over an alleged health data breach. The FTC alleged that LabMD “failed to reasonably protect the security of consumers’ personal...

Keystroke Logger Leads to Health Data Breach at KY Hospital

by Sara Heath

OH Muhlenberg, LLC recently experienced a keystroke logger cyberattack, which lead to a health data breach, according to a hospital statement. OH Muhlenberg was notified of this incident by the FBI on September 16, 2015. The FBI notification...

DHHS Has Second Email Health Data Breach in Two Months

by Sara Heath

For the second time in two months, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has experienced a health data breach due to an improperly encrypted email, according to WRAL.com. The incident, which occurred in September,...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing private...

Senators Seek HHS Health Data Breach Prevention Measures

by Sara Heath

In the wake of several large-scale health data breaches, members of both the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as well as the Senate Committee on Finance have co-signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services...

PHI Data Breach Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Rate

by Sara Heath

Nearly 90 percent of industries handling health information have experienced a PHI data breach, shows recent research from Verizon Enterprise Solutions. This data and other findings are expected to appear in the company’s PHI Data Breach...

Employee Theft Results in PHI Data Breach for 16K Children

by Sara Heath

Employee theft and improper disclosure resulted in a massive PHI data breach at Children’s Medical Clinics in Texas. According to the data breach notification letter sent out to potentially affected individuals, an employee took paper patient...

October VA Report Shows Improvement in PHI Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw a significant improvement in health data breaches for the month of October. The agency’s monthly report to Congress shows a 50 percent decrease in PHI-related incidents compared to the September...

Calif. Facility Reports Two Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

A California healthcare organization recently reported two separate healthcare data breaches that potentially exposed patients’ PHI. Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) announced on October 6, 2015 that some “small glass...

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