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$2.3M OCR Settlement Reached for 21st Century Oncology Data Breach

December 14, 2017 - Cancer care services provider 21st Century Oncology (21CO) recently agreed to a $2.3 million OCR settlement, following a 2015 data breach. OCR found in its investigation that 21CO impermissibly disclosed the PHI of 2,213,597 of its patients and “failed to conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability...


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Understanding HIPAA Data Sharing Policies for Better Patient Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Access to electronic health data can help public health agencies work toward improving patient care and addressing community health challenges, according to recent research. However, confusion over HIPAA data sharing policies and how electronic...

Health Data Privacy Concerns Key Influence in PHI Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Patients might be more willing to participate in PHI data sharing when their health data privacy concerns have been properly addressed, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Providers must understand...

How Automation Aids Data Security, Improves Patient Satisfaction

by Bill Kleyman

Want to know a common trend I’ve seen in pretty much every single healthcare customer I’ve worked with? Data. And I mean a lot of data. Healthcare organizations are producing vast amounts of data from a variety of points. Furthermore,...

PHI of 9.5K Possibly Compromised in WI Healthcare Phishing Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) announced that it suffered a healthcare phishing attack and that certain PHI may have been affected as it was in the accessed employee email accounts. An investigation and manual document review showed that...

CareFirst Data Breach Case Moves to US Supreme Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A petition for writ of certiorari was recently filed with the US Supreme Court, pushing the CareFirst data breach case forward. CareFirst wants its case reviewed, which could potentially reignite the debate over how plaintiffs need to establish...

Increased Patient Data Access Requires Strong Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare organizations offer increased options for patient data access, it is crucial that health data security measures do not become an afterthought. HIPAA regulations allow for patients to access their own health data, but there...

Researchers Question Previous Health Data Breach Study

by Elizabeth Snell

Claiming that larger healthcare facilities have a higher risk of experiencing a health data breach “neglects inherent biases in data collection and reporting practices,” according to a letter published in the Journal of the American...

FDA Calls for Continuous Collaboration in Medical Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on connected devices, which is why medical device security must remain a top priority. Cybersecurity threats are a constant worry but the FDA aims to help healthcare organizations remain innovative...

Secure Health Data Exchange Key Focus for AMA Investment

by Elizabeth Snell

The nationwide push for interoperability has helped fuel the desire for healthcare to find ways to implement secure health data exchange. Information should be able to flow freely, but data security concerns can be a great hindrance in entities...

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...

FDA Urges Patient Data Access with Medical Device Information

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device manufacturers should appropriately and responsibly allow patient data access with patient information collected from devices, according to a finalized document from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sharing “patient-specific...

How HIPAA Information Sharing Regulations Impact the Opioid Crisis

by Elizabeth Snell

With the opioid crisis recently declared a nationwide public health emergency, OCR issued guidance on how HIPAA regulations allow providers to participate in information sharing in an effort to improve patient care. There are often misunderstandings...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the details...

41% of Health Data Breaches Stem from Unintended Disclosure

by Elizabeth Snell

Unintended data disclosure, such as emails containing PHI sent to the wrong recipient or servers left publicly accessible, accounted for 41 percent of reported health data breaches the first nine months in 2017, according to research from Beazley....

Will Common Rule Changes Impact Health Data Security?

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) reiterated its support of considered changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or the Common Rule. Adjustments to the Common Rule could also have an impact on certain...

Kromtech Security Discovers Health Data Breach of 150K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Kromtech Security researchers found a potential publicly accessible Amazon S3 repository that may have led to a health data breach impacting over 150,000 individuals, according to a company report. “Patient Home Monitoring” is...

AHIMA: Patient Data Access Through Patient Portals Increases

by Elizabeth Snell

Eighty-two percent of consumers took advantage of patient data access through a patient portal in 2016, an increase from less than 5 percent who did so in 2013, according to a study from the American Health Information Management Association...

Will Healthcare Blockchain Resolve Data Privacy Concerns?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare blockchain is increasingly being viewed as a potential solution to numerous IT problems, such as connectivity issues, data privacy concerns, and patient record sharing barriers, according to a recent Black Book survey. The Black Book...

Tech Company Agrees to $264K Vermont Data Breach Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Technology company SAManage USA, Inc. recently agreed to pay $264,000 as part of a data breach settlement with the Vermont Attorney General, following a July 2016 incident. SAManage provides cloud-based IT support, which was used by WEX Health...

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