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Neurology Foundation Unauthorized PHI Access Could Affect 12K

September 21, 2017 - 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 that the individual had also transferred certain Foundation data onto a hard drive stored in the employee’s home. “The storage of Foundation...


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Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

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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

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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...

Ransomware Attack May Impact 19K Oncology Hematology Patients

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On June 17, 2017, Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA suffered a ransomware attack potentially impacting some patient EHRs on the practice’s server and computer workstations, according to an online statement. The potentially affected...

MI Computer System Health Data Breach May Involve Data of 106K

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In March of 2017, Michigan-based McLaren Medical Group (MMG) learned its computer system had been accessed by an unauthorized party, leading to a health data breach, according to an MMG statement issued to HealthITSecurity.com. The accessed system...

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

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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...

Phishing Attack May Impact PHI of 3.4K at CA Treatment Center

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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

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  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...

Ransomware Attack May Affect 10K Plastic Surgery Patients

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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

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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...

Tewksbury Hospital PHI Data Breach Threatens 1K Patients

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Massachusetts-based Tewksbury Hospital recently discovered evidence of an incident of unauthorized EHR access potentially creating a PHI data breach. In April of 2017, a former Tewksbury Hospital patient stated an unauthorized individual may...

Patient Data Exposure Possibly Impacts 15K at FL Center

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On May 5, 2017, Tampa Bay Surgery Center was made aware of a security incident in which certain patient data was posted to a public online file-sharing site by an unauthorized third party. Law enforcement informed the healthcare center that the...

UC Davis Health System Phishing Attack Potentially Impacts 15K

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On May 15, 2017, UC Davis Health suffered a potential security breach when a phishing email was sent to an employee. Through the phishing email, hackers gained access to the employee’s account and posed as the account owner to send emails...

PHI of 13K Involved in Ransomware Attack at PA Health Clinic

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On April 24, 2017, Family Tree Health Clinic discovered a ransomware attack potentially affecting PHI stored in its IT system, according to an online statement. The Pennsylvania health clinic immediately restored its system data using backup...

Saint Thomas Health Data Breach from Misplaced Documents

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In April, Saint Thomas Health discovered a potential health data breach involving patient information at its facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The breach potentially impacted 2,859 Saint Thomas patients, the organization said in an online...

Airway Oxygen Ransomware Attack May Affect PHI of 500K

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Michigan-based Airway Oxygen, Inc. is notifying patients that their PHI may have been involved in a ransomware attack that took place earlier this year. The medical equipment supply company explained in its notification letter to individuals...

Improper Disposal Creates PHI Security Concern for 1.8K

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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...

Online Security Breach Exposes PHI of 5K Medicaid Patients

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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

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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....

5.5K Patients Affected in Children’s Mercy Security Incident

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On March 23, 2017, Children’s Mercy Kansas City in Missouri suffered a security incident involving patient information. Children’s Mercy said it discovered an unauthorized website containing information collected by one of the hospital’s...

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