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Tennova Cardiology subcontractor breach affects 2,777 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

Tennova Cardiology of East Tennessee has informed 2,777 patients via notification letter that their data was compromised following the theft of an unnamed third-party transcription contractor’s unencrypted laptop from their car on October...

Healthcare’s most significant data breaches of 2013

by Nicole Freeman

As 2013 comes to a close, we at HealthITSecurity.com took a look at some of the largest and most unusual data breaches that happened this year. From reports affecting over 4 million people to inappropriate internal employee conduct, 2013 has...

USH-Pruitt reports two data breaches in two weeks

by Nicole Freeman

In case of strange coincidence, Georgia’s UHS-Pruitt Corporation reported two missing laptops within a two-week period, according to a posting on Georgia Public Notice and a press release from UHS-Pruitt Corporation. As reported on PHIPrivacy.net,...

S.C. Comprehensive Psychological Services has 3,500-patient breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Comprehensive Psychological Services LLC of South Carolina recently reported a data breach in which it alerted 3,500 patients that a laptop with protected health information (PHI) was stolen from the practice’s office on October 28, according...

Fairfax County, Va. reports data breach to 1,499 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

The Fairfax County, Va. Health Department has informed 1,499 patients who received care at Bailey’s Health Center of Falls Church, Va. that their data had been exposed as a result of a downstream data breach. Fairfax contractor Molina...

Cottage Health System alerts 32,755 patients of data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Cottage Health System of California recently notified 32,755 patients via mail that their data may have been inadvertently exposed on Google after a third-party vendor removed electronic security protections from one of its servers. According...

More than 11,000 dental patients’ data shared on torrent site

by Nicole Freeman

A data breach at Lanap & Dental Implants of Pennsylvania has left thousands with their protected health information (PHI) available for download on file sharing websites, according to a report in WNEP.com. Between 5,000 and 11,000 patients...

UConn Health Center investigating second 2013 data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center is in the process of handing an insider data breach involving the medical records of 164 patients. It learned of the breach on November 4 and has sent letters to all patients whose data...

San Jose, Ca. surgeon notifies 8,900 patients of laptop theft

by Nicole Freeman

Dr. Stephen T. Imrie, an orthopedic surgeon based in San Jose, informed 8,900 of his patients of a missing laptop containing patient information, according to PHIPrivacy.net. The password-protected computer was stolen during a robbery of his...

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Services suffers data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (LAGLCSC), which offers healthcare services such as HIV testing, pharmaceutical services, mental health and preventative health services, has begun notifying 59,000 clients that some of its information...

Laptop containing patient information stolen from SIU

by Nicole Freeman

A laptop housing personal and medical information from 1,891 Southern Illinois University HealthCare patients was stolen from the office of a former doctor at Memorial Medical Center in September or October, according to The State Journal-Register....

Update: Kaiser Permanente breach affects 49,000 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

No week is complete without a healthcare data breach in which a USB flash drive was either stolen or lost. This time, it was the Kaiser Foundation Hospital Orange County - Anaheim Medical Center alerting patients that their data had been compromised...

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield tells 840,000 of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

A pair of laptops containing unencrypted patient data was stolen from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s (BCBSNJ) Newark headquarters, according to a report on NJ.com. The Apple MacBook Pros held information from almost 840,000...

Laptop, paper files with patient information stolen in Texas

by Nicole Freeman

A laptop belonging to the Houston Methodist Hospital containing encrypted information from 1,300 patients was stolen on Thursday, according to KHOU.com. Paper files were also reported missing. While there is no mention of the incident on the...

OCR provides new security auditing enforcement plans

by Patrick Ouellette

Susan McAndrew of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provided an update on the organization’s privacy and security efforts during yesterday’s HIT Policy Committee meeting. McAndrew had a chance to discuss the OCR audit program as well...

2014 Cyber Security Forecast: Significant healthcare trends

by Patrick Ouellette

Organizations across different industries will have to continue to be proactive about enhancing IT security measures in 2014, according to data breach management specialist Kroll Advisory Solutions. Kroll released its third annual Cyber Security...

FTC responds to LabMD’s motion for protective order

by Nicole Freeman

In the latest update in the battle between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, a cancer detection facility, the FTC responded to LabMD’s attempts to throw out the FTC’s complaint and eliminate several subpoenas for discovery,...

UPMC mails patient data breach notification letters

by Patrick Ouellette

In addition to notifying the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is alerting 1,300 patients via letter that their data was accessed by an unauthorized UPMC McKeesport employee. The...

UW Medicine notifies 90,000 patients of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

UW Medicine has notified nearly 90,000 patients of an October data breach involving malicious software (malware), according to KOMONews.com. A UW Medicine employee received and opened an email attachment containing malware, which took over the...

Florida physician group notifies 4,400 patients of breach

by Nicole Freeman

The Florida Digestive Health Specialists LLP has notified 4,400 patients of a data breach by a former employee, according to the Herald-Tribune. Protected health information including patient names, birthdates, phone numbers, and Social Security...

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