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Fairfax County, Va. reports data breach to 1,499 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

The Fairfax County, Va. Health Department has informed 1,499 patients who received care at Bailey’s Health Center of Falls Church, Va. that their data had been exposed as a result of a downstream data breach. Fairfax contractor...

Cottage Health System alerts 32,755 patients of data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Cottage Health System of California recently notified 32,755 patients via mail that their data may have been inadvertently exposed on Google after a third-party vendor removed electronic security protections from one of its...

More than 11,000 dental patients’ data shared on torrent site

by Nicole Freeman

A data breach at Lanap & Dental Implants of Pennsylvania has left thousands with their protected health information (PHI) available for download on file sharing websites, according to a report in WNEP.com. Between 5,000 and 11,000...

San Jose, Ca. surgeon notifies 8,900 patients of laptop theft

by Nicole Freeman

Dr. Stephen T. Imrie, an orthopedic surgeon based in San Jose, informed 8,900 of his patients of a missing laptop containing patient information, according to PHIPrivacy.net. The password-protected computer was stolen during a robbery of...

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Services suffers data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (LAGLCSC), which offers healthcare services such as HIV testing, pharmaceutical services, mental health and preventative health services, has begun notifying 59,000 clients that some of...

Laptop containing patient information stolen from SIU

by Nicole Freeman

A laptop housing personal and medical information from 1,891 Southern Illinois University HealthCare patients was stolen from the office of a former doctor at Memorial Medical Center in September or October, according to The State...

Update: Kaiser Permanente breach affects 49,000 patients

by Patrick Ouellette

No week is complete without a healthcare data breach in which a USB flash drive was either stolen or lost. This time, it was the Kaiser Foundation Hospital Orange County - Anaheim Medical Center alerting patients that their data had been...

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield tells 840,000 of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

A pair of laptops containing unencrypted patient data was stolen from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s (BCBSNJ) Newark headquarters, according to a report on NJ.com. The Apple MacBook Pros held information from almost...

Healthcare data breach trends: Preparing and reporting

by Nicole Freeman

With data breaches on the rise, Experian has released a “2014 Data Breach Industry Forecast” featuring predictions and tips for the healthcare industry and other sectors. There is no indication that data breaches will slow, and...

2014 Cyber Security Forecast: Significant healthcare trends

by Patrick Ouellette

Organizations across different industries will have to continue to be proactive about enhancing IT security measures in 2014, according to data breach management specialist Kroll Advisory Solutions. Kroll released its third annual Cyber...

FTC responds to LabMD’s motion for protective order

by Nicole Freeman

In the latest update in the battle between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, a cancer detection facility, the FTC responded to LabMD’s attempts to throw out the FTC’s complaint and eliminate several subpoenas for...

Determining insurance liability after a health data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

When a healthcare provider endures a data breach, monetary damages quickly follow. Whether they’re receiving a fine as a result of a federal HIPAA violation or patients seek state-level damages in a class-action suit, these...

UPMC mails patient data breach notification letters

by Patrick Ouellette

In addition to notifying the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is alerting 1,300 patients via letter that their data was accessed by an unauthorized UPMC McKeesport...

UW Medicine notifies 90,000 patients of data breach

by Nicole Freeman

UW Medicine has notified nearly 90,000 patients of an October data breach involving malicious software (malware), according to KOMONews.com. A UW Medicine employee received and opened an email attachment containing malware, which took over...

Florida physician group notifies 4,400 patients of breach

by Nicole Freeman

The Florida Digestive Health Specialists LLP has notified 4,400 patients of a data breach by a former employee, according to the Herald-Tribune. Protected health information including patient names, birthdates, phone numbers, and Social...

Over 8,000 UCSF patients notified of physician laptop theft

by Nicole Freeman

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has notified 8,294 patients of the theft of a laptop from a physician’s car, according to PHIPrivacy.net. The situation is highly reminiscent of a UCSF laptop theft from September 9....

Milwaukee files health data breach complaint with OCR

by Patrick Ouellette

Not surprisingly, the City of Milwaukee is trying to lay the proverbial hammer down on Dynacare, a clinical laboratory services company that lost a USB flash drive with unencrypted patient data. The data breach, which occurred on October...

Calif. AG releases breach notification letter from 1999 incident

by Nicole Freeman

The California Attorney General’s Office released yesterday a copy of a data breach notification letter sent by California physician Kathleen E. Whisman to patients after the San Ramon, Calif. Police Department alerted her on April 11,...

Over 1,000 notified of missing thumb drive, patient data

by Nicole Freeman

On Monday, Redwood Memorial Hospital of Fortuna, California mailed letters to 1,039 patients informing them of a missing thumb drive from the Cardiopulmonary Service Department that may have been storing protected health information (PHI),...

Stormont-Vail HealthCare sends medical records to wrong patient

by Nicole Freeman

In an unusual set of circumstances, patient Lori Stein has reported a patient data breach at Stormont-Vail HealthCare System of Topeka, KS not involving data of her own. Stein went to an endocrinologist at Cotton-O’Neil Diabetes and...

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