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Blue Shield of California Reports PHI Data Breach

April 19, 2018 - 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 Office.  The Blue Shield of California Privacy Office received confirmation on March 23, 2018 that a breach had occurred in November 2017 during the 2018 Medicare...


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Integrated Rehab Consultants Admits to 2016 Healthcare Data Breach

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Chicago-based Integrated Rehab Consultants is just now admitting to a healthcare data breach that it knew about back in 2016.  In December 2016, IRC received a tip from a healthcare researcher about patient data posted on a public repository....

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Fesses Up to Phishing Attack

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Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield admitted March 30, 2018 that the personal data of 6,800 CareFirst members may have been exposed by a phishing attack that compromised an employee’s email account. Information that could have...

SAMBA Mailing Error Creates Data Security Concern for 13.9K

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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 Federal...

Primary Health Care PHI Data Security Incident Affects 10K

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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 Google...

Potential PHI Exposure at BJC HealthCare Impacts 33K

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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 their information...

134K Possibly Affected in St. Peter’s Server Data Breach

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An unauthorized third party gained access to St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center (the Center) servers on January 8, 2018, according to an online statement. The potential data breach was discovered on the same day of the infiltration,...

Reported Kansas PHI Data Breach Could Involve Info of 11K

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An unauthorized email from a Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) employee was sent to a group of business associates, which created a possible PHI data breach, according to a KDADS online statement. KDADS became aware...

70K Notified in Tufts Health Plan Data Breach in Vendor Error

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A vendor that handles the mailing of member identification (ID) cards reportedly sent out envelopes with patient information visible in the mailing window, which created a Tufts Health Plan data breach. Tufts Medicare Preferred ID cards were...

Healthcare Ransomware Attack Affects 6.5K at AL Practice

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A healthcare ransomware attack allowed an unknown hacker to gain access to EMR software containing patient medical records, Jemison Internal Medicine, PC (JIM) announced on its website. The Alabama-based practice said the virus encrypted its...

CarePlus Health Reports PHI Data Breach Impacting 11K

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A series of programming and printing errors resulted in Explanation of Benefits (EOB) letters being sent to the incorrect CarePlus Health Plan members, an organization spokesperson confirmed to HealthITSecurity.com. Approximately 11,200 individuals...

36K Notified of Potential Healthcare Data Breach from Mailing Error

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A mailing error has led to a potential healthcare data breach for Triple-S Advantage (Triple-S) members, according to an online company statement. The Puerto Rico-based organization is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association....

Timothy Noonan Named OCR Acting Deputy Director

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently named Timothy Noonan as the new OCR acting deputy director for health information privacy (HIP). Noonan has been in the position since January 29, 2018,...

Decatur County General EMR Security Incident Impacts 24K

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Tennessee-based Decatur County General Hospital experienced an EMR security incident when unauthorized software was installed on the server the EMR vendor supports on the organization’s behalf. Decatur County received a security incident...

Retirement Community Reports Potential PHI Data Breach for 5.2K

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Maryland-based Westminster Ingleside King Farm Presbyterian Retirement Communities, Inc. (Ingleside) experienced a possible PHI data breach when it was targeted by a malware attack, according to an online statement. Ingleside discovered the malware...

Symantec, VMware Named Best in KLAS for Data Security Solutions

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The Best in KLAS Awards were announced earlier this week, with Symantec, VMware, and Imprivata being named to the top slots of various data security solutions categories. KLAS took data from 2,500 interviews it conducts with providers and payers...

Patient Data Likely Unaffected in Adams Health Ransomware Attack

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Indiana-based Adams Health Network experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, the organization confirmed in an online statement. CEO Jo Ellen Eidam said that a virus was put on the computer systems but patient care was not interrupted and...

Allscripts Ransomware Attack Impacts Limited Number of Applications

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UPDATE: An Allscripts spokesperson emailed an additional update to HealthITSecurity.com on January 26, 2018 about the ransomware attack.  An Allscripts ransomware attack was reported on January 18, 2018, with certain applications made inaccessible....

Onco360 Email Data Security Incident Impacts 53K Patients

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Onco360 and CareMed Specialty Pharmacy are notifying patients that a data security incident stemming from unauthorized access to employee email accounts may have involved their health information. Suspicious activity on an employee’s email...

Potential WV Health Data Breach from Laptop Theft Affects 43K

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West Virginia-based Coplin Health Systems recently reported a possible health data breach after it discovered that a laptop potentially containing personal health information was stolen. The device was stolen from an employee’s automobile...

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