Healthcare Information Security


PHI Incidents Decrease 34 Percent in January for VA

by Elizabeth Snell

The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by 34 percent from December 2014 to January 2015, according to the latest report from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s most recent data report sent to Congress...

Ill. News Station Uncovers Potential PHI Breach

by Stephanie Reardon

A number of patients from Suburban Lung Associates in Illinois may face a protected health information (PHI) breach, when a local CBS affiliate received information that medical records had been found in a dumpster. According to the news...

PHI Data Breaches Increase 25% in 2014, Says Redspin Report

by Elizabeth Snell

Last year, 164 PHI data breaches were reported to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), according to the fifth annual Redspin data breach report. That is a 25 percent increase over 2013 and...

Medical Identity Theft Increases 21%, Says Ponemon Study

by Stephanie Reardon

When patients’ PHI is stolen, medical identity theft could occur. Moreover, providers that don’t comply with HIPAA standards could face heavy fines, as well as other challenges to their reputation and their patients’...

Why Secure Healthcare Technology Must Assist Daily Workflow

by Elizabeth Snell

Facilities are working hard to keep pace with federal regulations for secure healthcare technology. It is not enough to simply install an EHR, but healthcare organizations need to prove that they are using it properly and in a way that...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit TX and AZ Patients

by Stephanie Reardon

Maintaining security measures and training can help prevent healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities should remain vigilant in their security measures and keep devices containing PHI locked away and encrypted to minimize the...

Healthcare Data Breaches Hit Calif. & Ill. Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Without the right physical, administrative and technical safeguards, facilities could face healthcare data breaches. Healthcare facilities must remain diligent in their security measures, whether it is preparing for potential online...

Tennessee Hospice Investigated Over Potential HIPAA Violation

by Elizabeth Snell

A potential HIPAA violation occurred after patient records at a Tennessee hospice wound up on the side of a highway. A hospice employee’s failure to properly shed patient records is being blamed as the culprit in a potential HIPAA...

Is PHI Security Strong Enough in the Workplace?

by Elizabeth Snell

Workplace wellness programs are on the rise, but does that mean that PHI security is being put at risk? PHI security is often an issue relegated to healthcare providers and insurers. However, as health and wellness programs increase in...

Virginia and California Face PHI Protection Problems

by Stephanie Reardon

As technology continues to evolve, it should come as no surprise that healthcare facilities are finding more ways to store and transmit protected health information (PHI). However, it is crucial that facilities keep sensitive data...

Patient Privacy Concerns Arise Over Cal INDEX HIE

by Elizabeth Snell

Consumer Watchdog has raised concerns over a California HIE and potential patient privacy concerns. When implementing a new electronic health record (EHR), patient privacy and security issues should be a top priority for healthcare...

Healthcare Employee Mistakenly Donates CDs with PHI

by Elizabeth Snell

PHI was accidentally exposed after a healthcare employee mistakenly donated CDs with patient information. What started as a goodwill attempt to help children with their art projects, quickly turned into a potential healthcare data breach....

Top 10 Healthcare Data Breaches for 2014

by Elizabeth Snell

No facility wants to experience a healthcare data breach. Not only can patients’ protected healthcare information (PHI) be put at risk, but the organization’s reputation will be on the line. It can take time for a healthcare facility...

Personal Data of 200,000 Compromised by Former Employee

by Elizabeth Snell

A former employee improperly accessed the personal data of approximately 200,000 individuals. Often discussed on this website is the importance of healthcare organizations – and facilities that store individual’s healthcare information...

Why Healthcare Cybersecurity Breaches Cost More than Others

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent study underlines the costly recovery process that can stem from healthcare cybersecurity breaches. As previously discussed, healthcare cybersecurity breaches can have a costly and lengthy recovery process. Facilities must not only...

Should HIPAA Compliance Let Researchers Access Patients’ PHI?

by Elizabeth Snell

AMIA recommended that HIPAA compliance should allow researchers to gain access to patients’ PHI without their permission. Allowing health researchers to access patients’ PHI without their permission could be beneficial, according...

Top Tips for Keeping Patients’ Healthcare Data Protected

by Stephen Treglia

Instinctively, we think of our financial data as the most likely target of a cyber attack, while healthcare data is increasingly becoming more valuable. Healthcare data breaches have demonstrated a real appetite among cybercriminals for...

Health Data Security Valued Over Convenience, Says Report

by Elizabeth Snell

More consumers value their health data security over the ability to easily access that information. The majority of US consumers value health data security over the convenience of access to that information, according to a recent PwC...

PHI Exposure Case of 1,500 Patients Settled

by Elizabeth Snell

Approximately 1,500 patients were notified of PHI exposure last May at a Missouri facility. Last May, more than 1,500 women in Missouri had their protected health information (PHI) compromised after their personal records blew out of a...

Six Ways to Stay HIPAA Compliant and Keep PHI Safe

by Jay Atkinson

As your organization’s CIO, do you know whether your business is HIPAA compliant or if it has access to protected health information (PHI)? If you don’t know the answers, it’s critical for you to find out. ...


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