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Improper Disposal Creates PHI Security Concern for 1.8K

June 22, 2017 - On June 16, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) notified patients of a recent potential security breach that may have involved the PHI of 1,842 residents of the Houston area. The incident was discovered when a box of forms containing patient information was found near an unsecured dumpster outside a Houston eligibility office. The forms contained personal information such...


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Healthcare Data Breach Costs Highest for 7th Straight Year

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breach costs are the highest among surveyed sectors for the seventh straight year, according to the 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, which...

$130K NY State Settlement from Late Data Breach Notification

by Elizabeth Snell

CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. recently agreed to a $130,000 settlement with New York after the company was found to have violated state data breach notification law, according to the New York Attorney General’s office. CoPilot...

Online Security Breach Exposes PHI of 5K Medicaid Patients

by Kate Monica

On April 7, 2017, officials from the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) discovered evidence of a potential online security breach exposing the PHI of approximately 5,220 patients. An investigation into the incident revealed the potential...

PHI Security Breach Potentially Affects 2K ND Medicaid Patients

by Kate Monica

On May 10, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) discovered a report of discarded NDDHS Medicaid claim resolution worksheet documents containing PHI. The papers were reportedly found in a dumpster in Bismark, North Dakota....

Plaintiff Dismisses MDLive Patient Data Privacy Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

The plaintiff in a patient data privacy lawsuit filed against MDLive, Inc. voluntarily dismissed the suit on June 2, 2017, according to a press release. Joan Richards had filed the class-action lawsuit, claiming that an MDLive app asked individuals...

Healthcare Hacking Leading Cause for 2017 Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Cybersecurity issues continue to plague the healthcare industry, so it should come as no surprise that healthcare hacking and IT incidents account for the majority of large-scale incidents in 2017. OCR numbers show that four of the five largest...

Unauthorized PHI Access at Coney Island Hospital Impacts 3.4K

by Kate Monica

On March 10, 2017, NYC Health + Hospitals at Coney Island discovered that it had suffered unauthorized PHI access occurring over the course of three months from December 2016 to March 2017. The incident involved a volunteer working in the Phlebotomy...

PHI Data Breach Leads to $387K OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center Inc. (St. Luke’s) settled alleged HIPAA violations from a PHI data breach by paying $387,000 in an OCR HIPAA settlement. Formerly Spencer Cox Center for Health (the Spencer Cox Center), New York-based...

Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps, MD, claim...

Memorial Hermann Agrees to $2.4M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Texas-based Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) recently agreed to a $2.4 million OCR HIPAA settlement following multiple allegations of inappropriate PHI disclosure. OCR conducted a compliance review after numerous media reports claimed that...

NM Supreme Court to Review Alleged HIPAA Violation Case

by Elizabeth Snell

A New Mexico district court mostly denied a motion to dismiss a case alleging HIPAA violations last Friday, and the state Supreme Court will now consider HIPAA’s scope in relation to the case. District Judge Judith C. Herrera denied...

PHI Security of 20K Possibly Affected from RI Laptop Theft

by Kate Monica

On February 25, 2017, Lifespan Corporation suffered a possible healthcare data breach in which an employee’s laptop was stolen. The theft occurred when an individual broke into an employee’s car and stole several items, including...

Report Finds 16.6M Affected by 2016 Healthcare Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

There was a record number of healthcare data breaches reported in 2016, with unauthorized disclosures accounting for the majority of those incidents, according to the Bitglass 2017 Healthcare Breach Report. Hacking and IT incidents still pose...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

Cybersecurity Attacks Hit 87% of Organizations in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

A majority of organizations reported that they were affected by a cybersecurity attack last year, with one in three saying that they had been hacked more than five times in the past 12 months, according to a recent Bitglass report. In response,...

AHA Suggests Law Enforcement Aid in Cyber Attack Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Law enforcement agencies should be given necessary resources to proactively share information, conduct investigations, and assist data breach victims to ensure strong cyber attack prevention measures, according to the American Hospital Association...

Healthcare Data Breach Risk Higher in Larger Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. There is a “fundamental...

GAO Finds Identity Theft Services Limited in Fraud Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Identity theft services offer several benefits to organizations and individuals, but there are limitations in fraud prevention and other identity protection services, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Medical...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

by Elizabeth Snell

There were a record number of records compromised from data breaches in 2016, growing 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion, according to a recent IBM report. The 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index also found that...

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