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PHI Data Security of 19,000 Toyota Employees at Risk

October 4, 2018 - Toyota Industries North America announced Sept. 28 that a data breach involving 19,000 current and former employees and health plan participants may have put PHI data security at risk.   Toyota said it discovered on Aug. 30 that an unauthorized third party could have accessed the corporate email system. It engaged information security experts to investigate the incident and secure...


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Vendor Blamed for Health Data Breach Exposing 1,500 BCBSRI Members

by Fred Donovan

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) said that a health data breach of PHI affecting 1,567 people was caused by a vendor responsible for sending benefits explanations to members, the Providence Journal reported. The...

PHI on 20K Children Exposed in WellCare Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

PHI on close to 20K children was exposed in a healthcare data breach when WellCare Health Plans, which administers the Missouri Medicaid plan, sent letters to the wrong addresses, the Kansas City Star reported Aug. 29. The company said...

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...

301K Patients Involved in St. Mary’s Paper Records Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri, reported to OCR on July 30 that an improper disposal of paper medical records may have resulted in a data breach affecting 301,000 individuals. In a public notice, St....

Former UPMC Worker Indicted for HIPAA Violations

by Fred Donovan

Linda Sue Kalina, a former patient information coordinator at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for HIPAA violations. The Butler County resident was charged on six counts of...

PHI Data Security at Risk in Medtronic’s N’Vision Programmer

by Fred Donovan

Medtronic’s N’Vision clinical programmer does not encrypt protected health information (PHI) or personally identifying information (PII) stored on the machine, putting PHI data security at risk to an attacker with physical...

Public Server Exposure Creates PHI Data Security Worries for 200K

by Fred Donovan

Unsecured files on a public FTP server maintained by Arkansas-based practice management software provider MedEvolve may have caused a PHI data security breach for more 200,000 patients, reported DataBreaches.net. Most of the patient files...

OCR To Share HIPAA Data Breach Settlements With Victims

by Fred Donovan

OCR is proposing to share a percentage of HIPAA data breach settlements with victims, as required by the HITECH law. In the HHS semiannual regulatory agenda, OCR said it is soliciting the public’s view on establishing a methodology...

Reported Malware Creates PHI Data Security Concern for 12K in FL

by Fred Donovan

Malware that infected a number of Florida Hospital websites may have created a PHI data security issue, the Orlando Sentinel reported May 2. Patient information that could have been exposed includes patient names, email addresses, phone...

Texas Health Says 3,808 Affected by Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Texas Health Physicians Group recently disclosed that an unauthorized third party had gained access to some of its email accounts, resulting in a healthcare data breach that affected close to 4,000 patients. The information that was...

Blue Shield of California Reports PHI Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Blue Shield of California admitted to a PHI data breach involving an insurance broker who was not authorized to receive patient information, according to a breach notification submitted to the California Attorney General’s...

Federal Lawsuit Filed Following Alleged CVS Health Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Three plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit on March 21, 2018, claiming that a CVS Health data breach exposed the PHI of over 6,000 individuals, including revealing the HIV status of the individuals.  CVS Health, Caremark LLC (a...

Healthcare Data Breach Leads to Identity Theft Guilty Plea

by Elizabeth Snell

Robert Ashley Bond of Thackerville, Oklahoma recently pled guilty to charges over his alleged involvement in a 2017 healthcare data breach.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of...

SAMBA Mailing Error Creates Data Security Concern for 13.9K

by Elizabeth Snell

A programming error that occurred during the preparation process for mailing out certain IRS tax forms may have led to documents being sent to the wrong recipients, creating a data security concern for some individuals, according to SAMBA...

Proper Paper Records Disposal Necessary for PHI Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Even as healthcare providers are increasingly implementing EHRs and patient data is being transferred to electronic form, organizations cannot overlook PHI data security measures with their paper records. Researchers at Toronto's St....

Primary Health Care PHI Data Security Incident Affects 10K

by Elizabeth Snell

Unauthorized access to employee email accounts may have led to a PHI data security incident at Primary Health Care Inc. (PHC), according to an organization statement. PHC discovered the access to four employee accounts and the related...

Banner Health Data Breach Part of OCR Investigation

by Elizabeth Snell

The 2016 Banner Health data breach is reportedly being investigated by OCR, although it is currently not possible to estimate the range of potential fines from the agency, according to consolidated financial statements. An Ernst &...

Potential PHI Exposure at BJC HealthCare Impacts 33K

by Elizabeth Snell

An internal security scan revealed that there was a data server configuration error, allowing potential PHI exposure at BJC HealthCare. The Missouri-based organization revealed in an online statement that 33,420 patients may have had...

What the CareFirst Data Breach Decision Means for Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

In February 2018, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari in the CareFirst data breach case. CareFirst had requested the Court review the class action lawsuit against it that came from two separate incidents. The first occurred in June...

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