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Neurology Foundation Unauthorized PHI Access Could Affect 12K

September 21, 2017 - Rhode Island-based The Neurology Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) recently announced that an employee had been making unauthorized PHI access. The employee had been using a company credit card to make unauthorized purchases, but it was discovered that the individual had also transferred certain Foundation data onto a hard drive stored in the employee’s home. “The storage of Foundation...


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Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of which...

Anthem Vendor Reports Potential Data Breach Affecting 18K

by Elizabeth Snell

An Anthem vendor recently announced that it suffered a potential data breach that could impact 18,580 Medicare members. LaunchPoint Ventures, LLC (LaunchPoint) is a Medicare insurance coordination services vendor. The organization learned on...

Hacking Continues to Cause Majority of Reported Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Through June 2017 there has been a 29 percent increase from 2016 in US reported data breaches, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. Overall, the number of breaches could hit a 37 percent annual...

$115M Settlement Proposed in Anthem Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Plaintiffs in the Anthem data breach litigation case recently filed a $115 million settlement proposal, which would also require the healthcare provider to guarantee a certain level of funding for information security. Anthem would also need...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Highest for 7th Straight Year

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breach costs are the highest among surveyed sectors for the seventh straight year, according to the 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, which...

Online Security Breach Exposes PHI of 5K Medicaid Patients

by Kate Monica

On April 7, 2017, officials from the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) discovered evidence of a potential online security breach exposing the PHI of approximately 5,220 patients. An investigation into the incident revealed the potential...

PHI Security Breach Potentially Affects 2K ND Medicaid Patients

by Kate Monica

On May 10, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) discovered a report of discarded NDDHS Medicaid claim resolution worksheet documents containing PHI. The papers were reportedly found in a dumpster in Bismark, North Dakota....

5.5K Patients Affected in Children’s Mercy Security Incident

by Kate Monica

On March 23, 2017, Children’s Mercy Kansas City in Missouri suffered a security incident involving patient information. Children’s Mercy said it discovered an unauthorized website containing information collected by one of the hospital’s...

Report Finds 16.6M Affected by 2016 Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a record number of healthcare data breaches reported in 2016, with unauthorized disclosures accounting for the majority of those incidents, according to the Bitglass 2017 Healthcare Breach Report. Hacking and IT incidents still pose...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

50% of Industry Incidents from Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Half of the reported healthcare data security incidents from October 2015 to September 2016 stemmed from healthcare ransomware attacks, according to a recent NTT Security report. The NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report found that...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

Cybersecurity Attacks Hit 87% of Organizations in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

A majority of organizations reported that they were affected by a cybersecurity attack last year, with one in three saying that they had been hacked more than five times in the past 12 months, according to a recent Bitglass report. In response,...

Healthcare Data Breach Risk Higher in Larger Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. There is a “fundamental...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Attacks Rise 320% from 2015 to 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

Most of the 2016 healthcare data breaches stemmed from hackers, with an overall increase in healthcare cybersecurity attacks of that kind rising 320 percent, according to recent research from Redspin. Specifically, 81 percent of the breached...

Appeals Court Vacates Horizon BCBS Data Breach Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The previously dismissed data breach case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey was recently revived, as the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the dismissal and remands. The Court determined that the plaintiffs...

Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

by Kate Monica

At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware...

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry will likely continue to be plagued by technological issues, such as healthcare data breaches and ransomware attacks, going into next year, according to recent predictions. The latest Black Book poll of healthcare PR clients...

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