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258K People At Risk in Adams County of Wisconsin Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Personal information, including PHI, on 258,120 people was exposed in a data breach of the Adams County, Wisconsin, computer system. The Adams County government said in an August 10 release that the breach involved PII, PHI, and tax...

Phishing Attack May Impact PHI of 3.4K at CA Treatment Center

by Kate Monica

City of Hope in California recently suffered a data breach in which four staff member email accounts were accessed by an unauthorized party through an email phishing attack. The cancer research and treatment center employees received the...

PHI of 4.7K Ohio Patients Affected by Unauthorized EHR Access

by Kate Monica

  The Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care (DDC) at UC Health recently suffered an instance of unauthorized EHR access, potentially affecting patient PHI security. On June 2, 2017, the UC Health Privacy Office learned that an...

Patient Data Exposure Possibly Impacts 15K at FL Center

by Kate Monica

On May 5, 2017, Tampa Bay Surgery Center was made aware of a security incident in which certain patient data was posted to a public online file-sharing site by an unauthorized third party. Law enforcement informed the healthcare center...

Saint Thomas Health Data Breach from Misplaced Documents

by Kate Monica

In April, Saint Thomas Health discovered a potential health data breach involving patient information at its facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The breach potentially impacted 2,859 Saint Thomas patients, the organization said in an...

Texas Hospital Email Hack Exposes PHI of over 8K Patients

by Kate Monica

On February 21, 2017, an unauthorized individual accessed an employee email account containing PHI at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas. Hill Country stated the email hack appears to be the result of intentional...

Kentucky Health Center Ensures PHI Security After Email Gaffe

by Kate Monica

On February 3, 2017, Women’s Care of Somerset (WCS) employees erroneously disclosed the email addresses of all recipients of an informative email regarding health-related services to the other recipients. According to a written...

Multnomah County Health Department Suffers PHI Breach

by Kate Monica

On August 24, 2012, a Multnomah County Health Department employee automatically forwarded all emails from an employee county email account to a personal Google email account not maintained by the Oregon county. Some of these emails...

Updates Sought on Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is asking for comments and requests for updates to its Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice (MPN). With the push toward interoperability, it is increasingly important for consumers to...

87% of PHI Data Breaches Occur in the US, Verizon Reports

by Sara Heath

PHI is being accessed in healthcare data breaches at an alarming rate, and the United States is the prime location for those incidents, according to the first-ever Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report. The report shows...

October VA Report Shows Improvement in PHI Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw a significant improvement in health data breaches for the month of October. The agency’s monthly report to Congress shows a 50 percent decrease in PHI-related incidents compared to the...

NYC Health Center Notifies 1,500 Patients of PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

A New York City medical and mental health center recently reported a potential PHI data breach after a laptop containing patient information was stolen, underscoring the importance of encrypting devices on which patient health data is...

S.C. Hospital Employee Violates Patient Privacy, Steals PHI

by Sara Heath

Although implementing adequate technical and physical safeguards to keep potential hackers from accessing patient health information is vitally important, those measures are sometimes not enough to prevent patient privacy violations and...

Alleged HIPAA Violations in Lawsuit Against D.C. Hospitals

by Elizabeth Snell

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital for potential HIPAA violations related to patients being able to receive copies of their medical records. Four...

Molina Healthcare PHI Data Breach May Cause Identity Theft

by Sara Heath

Molina Healthcare issued PHI data breach notification letters to current or former members explaining that their PHI had been breached for fraudulent purposes. According to a copy of the letter, CVS, the over-the-counter (OTC) vendor for...

Excellus BCBS Data Breach Affects 7M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (Excellus BCBS) announced that it had been the victim of a cyber attack, and approximately 7 million individuals potentially had their information exposed. The Excellus BCBS data breach was discovered by the...

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

The protected health information (PHI) of 1,622 Colorado residents was exposed when letters containing the sensitive information were sent to the incorrect households. The data breach, which affected patients who receive state healthcare...

VA Q2 Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Notification

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) released its Q2 report to Congress and is seeing a 12.2 percent increase in the number of data breach notification letters being sent out to veterans. In the Q2 report, the VA reported a...

VA Sees 51% Decrease in PHI Incidents for May

by Elizabeth Snell

After a less than ideal April in terms of PHI incidents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that it had a 51 percent decrease in that type of data breach in May. The VA’s May report sent to Congress showed that PHI...

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