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41% of Health Data Breaches Stem from Unintended Disclosure

October 17, 2017 - 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. The second most common issue was from hacking or malware incidents (19 percent), followed by insider incidents (15 percent), and physical loss (8...


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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...

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...

Maintaining Healthcare Data Security with File Sharing Options

by Bill Kleyman

I still find challenges within the healthcare world when it comes to file sharing and data management. Sure, we can remove Dropbox or other types of file sharing mechanisms, but are we making the user experience worse? And, are we really plugging...

Neurology Foundation Unauthorized PHI Access Could Affect 12K

by Elizabeth Snell

Rhode Island-based The Neurology Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) recently announced that an employee had been making unauthorized PHI access. The employee had been using a company credit card to make unauthorized purchases, but it was discovered...

Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of which...

CO Hospital Email Breach Possibly Exposes PHI of 3.4K Families

by Kate Monica

Children’s Hospital Colorado recently informed patients of a potential security breach possibly affecting the PHI of nearly 3,400 patient families. On July 11, 2017, Children’s Colorado discovered an employee’s email account...

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Sued Following HIPAA Violation

by Elizabeth Snell

New York-based Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital is being sued for faxing patient PHI to the patient’s employer, a reported HIPAA violation that has already resulted in an OCR HIPAA settlement. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman represent...

Recent Aetna Data Breach Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

A federal class action lawsuit was recently filed against Aetna after it reportedly experienced a data breach that may have affected thousands of individuals. The Legal Action Center, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and Berger &...

St. Mark’s Ransomware Attack Could Affect 33K Patients

by Kate Monica

St. Mark’s Surgery Center, LLC suffered a ransomware attack between April 13 and April 17, 2017 that impacted its server, according to an online statement. On May 8, 2017, a forensics team found evidence the attack potentially affected...

DE Data Breach Notification Law Includes Medical Information

by Elizabeth Snell

Delaware Governor John Carney signed a bill last week to update the state’s data breach notification requirements. As part of extending cybersecurity protections, the law accounts for medical information being compromised in data breaches....

New Mexico Medicaid Data Security Requires Improvements

by Elizabeth Snell

The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) has certain vulnerabilities in its Medicaid data security, which could put HSD operations at risk, according to a recent OIG investigation. HSD migrated from a legacy eligibility system to the Automated...

4 Benefits and Barriers in Utilizing Healthcare Cloud

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare cloud is becoming a more popular – and sometimes necessary – option for providers. Entities are evolving into the digital healthcare space, and are steering away from paper records. Data protection and business continuity...

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 phishing...

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 employee...

HIMSS: Medical Device Security, Data Breaches Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare security professionals are mainly concerned with medical device security, patient safety, and data breaches, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey. More healthcare organizations are working toward their cybersecurity programs,...

Federal Appeals Court Overturns CareFirst Data Breach Ruling

by Elizabeth Snell

A Federal appeals court reversed a previous ruling over the CareFirst data breach that took place in 2015 and impacted 1.1 million current and former CareFirst members. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said “the...

Ransomware Attack May Affect 10K Plastic Surgery Patients

by Kate Monica

On February 12, 2017, Plastic Surgery Associates of South Dakota discovered its health IT systems had experienced a ransomware attack. The healthcare organization immediately attempted to remove the ransomware from the infected servers and decrypt...

Anthem Vendor Reports Potential Data Breach Affecting 18K

by Elizabeth Snell

An Anthem vendor recently announced that it suffered a potential data breach that could impact 18,580 Medicare members. LaunchPoint Ventures, LLC (LaunchPoint) is a Medicare insurance coordination services vendor. The organization learned on...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Budgets Should Increase

by Elizabeth Snell

As HIPAA data breaches continue to be reported, it would make sense that healthcare cybersecurity budgets increase as necessary to ensure that organizations are prepared for potential attacks. Making investments in technological safeguards, employee...

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