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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...

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...

Network access control an asset to system security

by Nicole Freeman

Network access control (NAC) was rated highest among security technologies defending against cyberthreats, according to the “2014 Cyberthreat Defense Report” from CyberEdge Group, LLC and ForeScout Technologies, Inc. In 2013, over 60 percent...

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...

North Country Hospital has second breach in 4 months

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a regulatory citation to North Country Hospital in Newport, Vermont after two unauthorized employees accessed confidential medical records, according to a report from WCAX.com. The incident...

LabMD winds down operations after FTC motion rejection

by Patrick Ouellette

After numerous attempts to assert that Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) didn’t have the necessary authority to take data security enforcement action against it after a breach, LabMD is throwing in the proverbial white towel and will wind...

House Veterans Committee seeks answers in latest VA breach

by Nicole Freeman

The House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller is seeking answers from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to 18 questions regarding the Veterans Affairs Department’s (VA) latest security incident, according to a report from Federal...

FTC sees no conflict with HHS in HIPAA jurisdiction

by Patrick Ouellette

In the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) eyes, its enforcement authority under the FTC Act doesn’t clash with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) role in regulating HIPAA. According to bna.com, the FTC voted 4-0 to reject...

UC Davis notifies 1,800 patients of email breach

by Nicole Freeman

UC Davis Health System is notifying 1,800 patients of a data breach stemming from a phishing scam, according to reports from The Sacramento Bee and News10.net. Three doctors’ email accounts were affected by the malicious software. The incident...

Horizon BCBS officials appear before NJ Senate panel

by Nicole Freeman

Officials from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) came before a New Jersey Senate panel regarding their November 2013 data breach, according to a report from NJ.com. Two unencrypted laptops containing protected health...

Texas psychiatric hospitals suffer 5 breaches in 6 months

by Nicole Freeman

An investigation of Texas state records conducted by the Austin American-Statesman has revealed five security breaches in the last six months at Texas’ public psychiatric facilities. At Big Springs State Hospital in West Texas, an employee...

Saint Francis Hospital (Conn.) announces 858-patient breach

by Patrick Ouellette

In alerting 858 patients that their paper records had been stolen from a doctor’s vehicle on December 27, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center was able to let them know of the breach quicker than many other organizations. But there are...

Exco In Touch completes HIPAA, NIST audit

by Nicole Freeman

Exco In Touch, a data capture vendor for healthcare providers, announced that it has successfully completed a HIPAA compliance audit using National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines. The NIST guidelines were published in...

Paper records stolen from CaroMont employee car

by Nicole Freeman

Paper records for 191 patients of CaroMont Regional Medical Center were stolen from an employee’s car in Dallas on December 16, according to a report from the Gaston Gazette. The records were part of a census report created by the hospital....

Telemedicine privacy, security considerations for providers

by Nicole Freeman

As innovations in technology become more and more prominent, the face of the healthcare world begins to change. Health information exchanges (HIEs) allow patient information to be shared with ease, and bring your own device (BYOD) policies enable...

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