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Protecting Healthcare Physical Assets Containing PHI

December 28, 2016 - 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 lose focus around the entire security picture. This means protecting physical assets that process PHI, sensitive data, and ones that could potentially...


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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...

Understanding Health Data Security and Print Infrastructure

by Joe Wagle of HP

The last two years have seen several high profile, costly health data security breaches from some major healthcare organizations including Anthem Healthcare, Premera Blue Cross BlueShield, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and UCLA Health System....

Evolution, Not Revolution Coming to Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

When it comes to protecting sensitive information and maintaining strong healthcare data security, it is not a matter of revolutionary changes, but rather evolutionary change, according to Kate Borten, president and founder of The Marblehead...

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the following: Physical...

St. Luke’s Cornwall Data Breach Due To Missing Thumb Drive

by Elizabeth Snell

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) reported a potential healthcare data breach after a USB thumb drive was stolen on October 31, 2015. After an investigation, SLCH determined that the thumb drive “appears to have included a file”...

Lahey Hospital Agrees to $850K OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. (Lahey) agreed to an OCR HIPAA settlement that stemmed from a 2011 incident where an unencrypted laptop was stolen, potentially compromising the PHI of 599 individuals. Lahey was fined $850,000 as part of the settlement...

Florida Health Plan Data Breach After Mailing Error

by Elizabeth Snell

A Florida health plan is dealing with a potential data breach after a mailing error caused some members to receive the personal information of other members. CarePlus Health Plans announced that on September 18, a machine that was programmed...

Thefts Lead to Health Data Breaches for La., Vt. Providers

by Elizabeth Snell

Two recent health data breaches were reported after facilities in Louisiana and Vermont had laptops and other devices were stolen. Incidents like this further prove why healthcare organizations need to have physical, administrative, and technical...

Calif. Psychiatrist Reports Health Data Breach, PHI Theft

by Elizabeth Snell

California-based psychiatrist Robert E. Soper, M.D. recently notified patients of a health data breach after his car was broken into and a desktop computer containing patient PHI was stolen from the trunk of the car. Other pieces of equipment,...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

by Sara Heath

Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

Health Data Breaches From Theft, Improper Disposal

by Elizabeth Snell

As often discussed on this site, health data breaches can stem from numerous areas. Covered entities and their business associates need to ensure they have a comprehensive data security plan, and are able to implement the necessary physical,...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Cyber Attack, Exposed Binders

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data breaches can occur because of numerous reasons, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive training measures and data security measures. All physical safeguards, technical safeguards and administrative...

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