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VA risk management team expects data breach in year ahead

by Nicole Freeman

A memo from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has noted that the organization’s security standards are so lacking that a data breach is “practically unavoidable,” according to reports from CNBC and Military.com. The comment was made...

Healthcare network access data found on file-sharing website

by Nicole Freeman

Documents containing information on how to access healthcare provider networks were found on the file-sharing website 4shared.com, known as source of information for hackers, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The files included...

NIST releases new cryptographic standards draft document

by Patrick Ouellette

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently issued a draft document, “NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process“, that offers insight into a proposed new method for how the agency develops...

St. Vincent Hospital notifies 1,100 patients of laptop theft

by Nicole Freeman

Over 1,100 patients of St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis are being notified of a potential data breach after laptop being used with an EEG machine was reported missing, according to a report from WISHTV.com. The laptop, which was password-protected,...

HIMSS14 session preview: Encrypting data at rest

by Nicole Freeman

Healthcare providers often hear about the benefits of encrypting protect health information (PHI), and the data breaches that become more serious when information is unencrypted. Encrypting data at rest is required of HIPAA-covered entities per...

OCR complaint filed against St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

by Patrick Ouellette

Because it allegedly compromised patient records as part of gaining leverage in a contract dispute, Dignity Health, which owns St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, is in the process of dealing with a complaint filed with the Office for Civil Rights...

Post healthcare data breach Dos and Don’ts

by Deena Coffman

No healthcare provider or other HIPAA covered entity expects to experience a data breach. But, if your organization does encounter an exposure, how you handle it could counterbalance the negative impact of the breach and preserve your reputation....

What will Google cloud BAA support mean for health developers?

by Patrick Ouellette

Google recently announced that Google cloud services will now include support for HIPAA covered entities. For some organizations that are wary of using cloud applications, this was a ho-hum announcement. But for those who are working toward building...

HIMSS14 session: Identity fraud and data breach management

by Nicole Freeman

As the healthcare industry continues to see a rise in data breaches and identity fraud cases, healthcare providers must ensure that their electronic health records systems (EHR), servers, and electronic devices all have adequate protection in...

Easter Seals notifies 3,026 clients of health data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Easter Seal Society of Superior California sent health data breach notification letters to 3,026 Easter Seals clients and potential clients on Friday after an employee’s work-issued laptop was stolen. According to the release, the laptop...

Vendors to showcase secure solutions at HIMSS14

by Nicole Freeman

As HIMSS14 in Orlando gets closer, vendors are announcing their participation and product showcases. Patient data security continues to be a focal point in the healthcare industry, and companies are eager to share their HIPAA-compliant offerings....

Google extends HIPAA BAA support to cloud app developers

by Patrick Ouellette

Google will continue to warm up to HIPAA covered entities and business associates (BAs) in 2014, as Matthew O’Connor, Google Product Manager, recently wrote that Google cloud services will now include support for HIPAA covered entities. Google...

IT expert discusses healthcare security challenges, training

by Patrick Ouellette

With new technology infrastructure going into healthcare organizations and massive amounts of data being filtered through them, there isn’t a single set of policies or products that can help these organizations adhere to security best practices....

University of Miami Health System loses patient records

by Nicole Freeman

The University of Miami Health System (UHealth) has lost patient records containing protected health information (PHI), according to a report by Miami New Times. The Health System, which is one of Southern Florida’s largest health providers,...

HIPAA requires providers using Skype to have BAAs

by Nicole Freeman

As expanding technology gives doctors new ways to contact patients and share their information HIPAA compliance questions continually pop up. Do the products being used protect patient data? Are additional safeguards required to comply with HIPAA?...

Beebe Healthcare suffers breach through contracted employee

by Nicole Freeman

Beebe Healthcare of Delaware is notifying 1,900 patients of a data breach stemming from a temporary contractor, according to a report from WBOC16.com. The employee had worked at three Beebe offices in their network since August 2013. Beebe was...

St. Joseph data breach affects 405,000

by Nicole Freeman

St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) in Texas reported a data breach that occurred between December 16 and 18, according to reports from KWTX.com and Theeagle.com. The breach has affected more than 405,000 patients, employees, and employee beneficiaries....

Health data breach report: 137 percent breached record uptick

by Patrick Ouellette

According to Redspin’s 2013 Breach Report, 804 large breaches of protected health information (PHI) have affected more than 29.2 million patient records and were reported to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) since the inception...

Study: Data breaches cost healthcare providers $1.6 billion

by Patrick Ouellette

MeriTalk and EMC announced the results today of a study, Rx: ITaaS + Trust, dedicated to getting a better understanding of costs for healthcare providers associated with security breaches, data loss and unplanned outages. The study claims, according...

Unity Health Plans notifies 41,437 of missing hard drive

by Nicole Freeman

Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation is notifying 41,437 members of a portable heard drive missing from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, according to reports from the Wisconsin State Journal and Fox47. The hard drive, reported missing to...

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