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SAMBA Mailing Error Creates Data Security Concern for 13.9K

March 29, 2018 - A programming error that occurred during the preparation process for mailing out certain IRS tax forms may have led to documents being sent to the wrong recipients, creating a data security concern for some individuals, according to SAMBA Federal Employee Benefit Association (SAMBA). SAMBA is a federal employee benefit association, and also offers coverage to eligible family members of subscribers....


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Proper Paper Records Disposal Necessary for PHI Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Even as healthcare providers are increasingly implementing EHRs and patient data is being transferred to electronic form, organizations cannot overlook PHI data security measures with their paper records. Researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's...

Physical Safeguard Need Underlined in Recent VA Privacy Protocols

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent data breach involving old records from hospital patients, employees, and job applicants has led a VA medical center to launch new data privacy protocols. The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center said that it will be improving its...

Hospital Data Breaches Most Common, Affect the Most Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Hospital data breaches accounted for approximately 30 percent of large data security incidents reported to OCR from 2009 to 2016, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The largest number of individuals...

PA Security Breach from Missing External Hard Drive Affects 4.1K

by Elizabeth Snell

Pennsylvania-based Washington Health System (WHS) Greene recently announced that a missing external hard drive has created security breach concerns at the organization. The device was for the Bone Densitometry machine and contained certain patient...

OIG: Security Risk Assessments, Disaster Recovery Needed at Hospitals

by Elizabeth Snell

While two Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals had increased system security and physical controls surrounding prescription drug and opioid disbursements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) still determined that more improvements needed to...

Unauthorized Server Access Creates Data Security Concern for 47K

by Elizabeth Snell

Carl Albert State College (CASC) is re-notifying certain individuals of unauthorized server access from 2016 that may create data security concerns. CASC explained in an online statement that the server was accessed on April 7, 2016. It...

Reducing Insider Data Breach Risk with Strong IAM Policies

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing effective identity and access management (IAM) policies and controls is essential for healthcare organizations that are looking to reduce the potential of insider data breach risk, according to the OCR November 2017 Cybersecurity...

Computer Theft Raises Health Data Security Concerns for 8K

by Elizabeth Snell

Brevard Physician Associates announced on its website that it was burglarized on September 4, 2017, raising possible health data security concerns for 7,976 patients. The Melbourne, Florida-based facility stated that it was notified on September...

PHI Security Could Be At Risk in Boston Scientific Medical Device

by Elizabeth Snell

A Boston Scientific medical device was found to have a vulnerability that could compromise PHI security, according to Whitescope researchers Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios. The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems...

Arkansas Facility Ransomware Attack Potentially Affects 128K

by Elizabeth Snell

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on its computer network on July 26, 2017. An investigation determined that the ransomware had been installed either earlier that...

Protecting Healthcare Physical Assets Containing PHI

by Bill Kleyman

Administrators are actively looking into more ways to protect their virtual machines, their data points, and all of those logical resources that the organization relies upon. As the healthcare entity becomes even more digitized, we must never...

Healthcare System Break-Ins Result in Potential PHI Breaches

by Jacqueline Belliveau

PruittHealth, a healthcare system in South Carolina, has investigated two break-ins at separate locations that may have resulted in PHI breaches. According to a public notice on its website, the healthcare system was notified of two break-ins...

Hackers Access EHR Data in Potential Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A medical group in Texas is facing a potential healthcare data breach that may have exposed patient and employee information after a hacking incident. Approximately 50,000 individuals were affected by the healthcare data security event at the...

Robbery at CA Practice Causes Possible Healthcare Data Breach

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A California-based chiropractic office has notified 600 patients of a potential healthcare data breach after the practice was burgled in early March, reported EastBayTimes.com. In an official statement, Vibrant Body Wellness explained that a...

What are the 3 Key Layers in Healthcare Data Security?

by Bill Kleyman

The healthcare industry used to be on the sidelines of the cyber war, with breaches and malicious attacks far more common elsewhere. That has all changed. Five of the eight largest healthcare security breaches over the last five years—those...

Phishing Scam Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach in WY

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Wyoming Medical Center has reported on their website a potential healthcare data breach due to a phishing scam. Approximately 3,184 individuals were notified by the medical center that their PHI may have been accessed by an unauthorized user....

Maintaining Healthcare Data Security while Moving Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security cannot be overlooked when a provider or covered entity decides that it is time to move to a new facility. This is especially true as connected devices and systems are becoming the norm, and everything from an organization’s...

Research Institute Agrees to Pay $3.9M in HIPAA Settlement

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will pay $3.9 million in a HIPAA settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a health data breach that occurred in September 2012, reports (HHS). The OCR stresses that research...

Top 5 Healthcare Data Breaches in 2016 Not From Hacking

by Elizabeth Snell

Hacking was a top concern last year for covered entities, and it was the leading cause for the largest healthcare data breaches in 2015. Healthcare cybersecurity measures are becoming a top priority for organizations of all sizes, as third-party...

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