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Judge Gives Final OK to $115M Anthem Data Breach Settlement

August 20, 2018 - US District Judge Lucy Koh has given final approval to a $115 million settlement that ends further claims against Anthem over its 2015 data breach that exposed personal information on 79 million people. Potentially exposed data included names, dates of birth, medical IDs or Social Security numbers, street addresses, and email addresses. Employment information was also potentially put...


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InterAct of Michigan Phishing Attack Exposes PHI on 1,290 People

by Fred Donovan

InterAct of Michigan reported to OCR on August 7 that an email hacking incident may have exposed PHI on 1,290 individuals. In a statement on its website, InterAct explained that it became aware on June 8 that an unauthorized third party...

Healthcare Data Security Angst Drives Biometrics Market Growth

by Fred Donovan

Concerns about healthcare data security and privacy are fueling rapid growth in the healthcare biometrics market, which is forecast by Verified Market Intelligence to grow at a 19.1 percent CAGR through 2025. The market is expected...

Court Rejects Review of FTC Actions in LabMD Data Security Case

by Fred Donovan

A federal appeals court rejected a request by LabMD founder Michael Daugherty for a review of a previous decision that shielded FTC lawyers from allegations that they engaged in unfair enforcement action regarding the now-defunct medical...

Healthcare IT Security Worst of Any Sector With External Threats

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare IT security is the worst of any sector when it comes to external security posture, according to a recent report by security advisory firm Coalfire. The Coalfire Penetration Risk Report used customer penetration test data...

19K Orlando Orthopaedic Patients At Risk from Lax Vendor Security

by Fred Donovan

Florida-based Orlando Orthopaedic Center reported to OCR on July 20 that 19,101 individuals were affected by lax vendor security, leading to a possible PHI breach. The breach occurred at a transcription service vendor in December,...

Half of US Adults Are Anxious About Healthcare Data Security

by Fred Donovan

Around half of US adults (49%) are extremely or very concerned about their healthcare data security, such as diagnoses, health history, and test results, according to a survey of more than 2,000 US adults by The Harris Poll on behalf of...

HHS Fails To Fix Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities, Putting PHI At Risk

by Fred Donovan

HHS has failed to remedy cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its systems that could put PHI at risk, warned the GAO in a report released July 25. The GAO cited problems at CMS that threaten to compromise Medicare beneficiary data and the...

PHI of 105K People At Risk in Boys Town Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Nebraska-based Boys Town National Research Hospital reported to OCR July 20 a healthcare data breach that may have exposed PHI on 105,309 individuals. In a statement, Boys Town said it discovered on May 23 unusual activity relating to an...

Up to $150K for Victims of Flowers’ Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

More than 1,200 people could receive up to $150,000 in payments following the tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Alabama-based Flowers Hospital for a 2014 healthcare data breach, TV station WTVY reported on July...

Despite Flashy Attacks, Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline

by Fred Donovan

Even with some well-publicized ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations this year, such as Allscripts and LabCorp, healthcare ransomware attacks are on the decline, according to the latest analysis by cybersecurity firm...

Strong Healthcare Data Security Needed for EHR Use in Clinical Trials

by Fred Donovan

The FDA is recommending that organizations and individuals conducting clinical investigations have strong healthcare data security and privacy controls in place when using EHR data for agency-regulated research. In its recently issued Use...

FTC Wants Expanded Authority in Data Security, Privacy

by Fred Donovan

While HHS is the primary federal agency that enforces HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules, the FTC has expanded its enforcement activities in data security and privacy, including taking on now-defunct medical testing firm LabMD over poor data...

Allscripts Wants Ransomware Attack Class-Action Lawsuit Dismissed

by Fred Donovan

EHR vendor Allscripts wants a district court judge in Illinois to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics over the SamSam ransomware attack that encrypted patient data and took...

Health Plan Victims of Healthcare Data Breaches Surge 1,000%

by Fred Donovan

The total number of individuals impacted by healthcare data breaches at health plans surged by more than 1,000 percent in the first five months of 2018, according to Fortified Health Security’s 2018 Mid-Year Horizon Report. Health...

Insider Health Data Security Threats Bigger Concern than External

by Fred Donovan

Many healthcare professionals are more concerned about insider threats to health data security than external breaches, according to a survey by HIMSS on behalf of SailPoint. There is an acute level of concern about the threats posed...

Patient Privacy, Data Security Top Cost for Healthcare Consumers

by Fred Donovan

Consumers ranked patient privacy and data security above cost of care as the most important concerns they have about healthcare, according to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers by health insurance company Aetna. Around 80 percent of...

Healthcare Internet Crimes Cost Victims $925,849 Last Year

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare internet crimes cost victims $925,849 last year, according to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) 2017 Internet Crime Report.  The report includes stats on internet crime complaints received by the...

270,000 Put at Risk by Med Associates Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

A healthcare data breach at Med Associates, a Latham, NY-based health billing company, may have exposed PHI on more than 270,000 people, reported the Times Union newspaper. In an announcement on its website, Med Associates said that it...

Some Healthcare Firms Struggle To Comply with EU Data Privacy Rule

by Fred Donovan

Around one-third of healthcare organizations are still “on the journey” to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), even though the GDPR took effect May 25, according to a cross-industry global survey...

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