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Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch exposes mental health data

by Nicole Freeman

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR) in Montana, a mental health treatment organization for children and teens, reported that its Community Based Services On-Call Binder was lost or destroyed sometime in 2013, according to a report from the...

Maryland DDA computer breach affects 9,700 clients

by Nicole Freeman

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) reported that its case management provider Service Coordination Inc.’s (SCI) computer systems were hacked between October 20 and 30. The breach compromised about 9,700 patients’...

Health Source of Ohio file breach affects 8,800 patients

by Nicole Freeman

Health Source of Ohio (HSO) reported a data breach after a file containing protected health information (PHI) for 8,800 patients was accessible on the internet from November 18, 2013 until the breach was discovered on December 24, 2013. The information...

Valley View Hospital virus breach affects 5,400 patients

by Nicole Freeman

Valley View Hospital (VVH) in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, discovered its computer system had been hacked on January 23, according to a statement on its website. An investigation from a third-party information technology forensic team found the...

AHMC Healthcare reports 729,000-patient data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

About 729,000 patients’ data may have been compromised because two password-protected laptops with their data were stolen on October 12 from AHMC Healthcare Inc.’s administrative offices. Editor’s note: There has been an update...

UCSF 9,986 patients of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

UC San Francisco (UCSF) reported that computers were stolen from UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore around January 11, according to a statement on its website. While it is unclear how many devices were involved in the incident, UCSF has...

St. Joseph Health releases data from 11,800 patients

by Nicole Freeman

A St. Joseph Health of California employee accidentally sent patient protected health information (PHI) to healthcare investment firm Cain Brothers in February, according to a report from The Press Democrat. The data, which related to home health...

Human error tops Ponemon patient data security study threats

by Patrick Ouellette

The Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Patient Privacy & Data Security Study reviewed new and expanded threats of patient data security and privacy. Based on the results of the study, human error continues to be the biggest source of...

Cornerstone Neurology data breach affects 548 patients

by Nicole Freeman

Cornerstone Health Care in High Point, North Carolina reported a laptop containing information from 548 patients stolen from Cornerstone Neurology, according to a report from The Business Journal. The laptop disappeared sometime between December...

United Healthcare, Roper Hospital fax breach update

by Nicole Freeman

After mistakenly receiving faxes from a Wisconsin hospital for over a year, Oregon man Stephen Butler discovered that a second hospital, Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, has sent him a fax containing protected health information...

Using encryption at rest to enhance healthcare BYOD security

by Patrick Ouellette

The confluence of mobile devices being widely distributed within healthcare organizations and data breaches involving unencrypted devices means there’s been plenty of discussion about mobile device encryption. Since most of these breaches...

Iowa DHS reports data breach affects 2,042 clients

by Nicole Freeman

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has reported a data breach that compromised 2,042 individuals’ protected health information (PHI). The breach stemmed from DHS employees acting inappropriately while performing social work assessments...

HIPAA audit preparation and compliance: BA effects on CEs

by Nicole Freeman

While the timetable for 2014 HIPAA audits has not been released, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun surveying covered entities and business associates (BAs) to gauge organizational preparedness for the upcoming OCR HIPAA Audit Program....

Los Angeles County DHS reveals 168,000 patient data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) recently announced that it has begun notifying 168,000 patients of a data breach at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, which handles DHS’s billing and collections. Sutherland has...

HHS fines Skagit, Wash. $215K in first county HIPAA settlement

by Patrick Ouellette

As part of the first the first HIPAA violation settlement with a county government, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that Skagit County of Northwest Washington, agreed to a $215,000 monetary settlement and to...

Healthcare cloud security resources, advice for providers

by Nicole Freeman

Healthcare providers and their business associates (BAs) are gradually becoming more comfortable with the concept of storing data off-site and online in a cloud environment. While there is ease of access in having a central, accessible databank...

HHS reports $41 million 2015 OCR privacy and security budget

by Patrick Ouellette

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget in Brief for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) explained its monetary allocations and how the $1,010,479 billion (in outlays) HHS budget will support the major HHS initiatives...

Patient information breached after office computer theft

by Nicole Freeman

An office break-in may have comprised the protected health information (PHI) of patients at Dr. J.M. Benson’s Sherman, Texas practice, according to a report from the Herald Democrat. The incident was reported on January 5, 2014. During the...

Palo Verde Healthcare reports internal data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Palo Verde Healthcare District (PVHD) recently alerted an unknown number of patients with letters that a HIPAA violation had occurred involving their protected health information (PHI). Four former PVHD administrator employees a civil lawsuit...

Faxing error causes United Healthcare breach

by Nicole Freeman

A Portland, Oregon man has been receiving erroneous faxes containing protected health information (PHI) from Community Memorial Hospital patients through an apparent error with United Healthcare, an insurance company, according to a report from...

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