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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...

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...

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...

Unauthorized PHI Access at Coney Island Hospital Impacts 3.4K

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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...

Texas Hospital Email Hack Exposes PHI of over 8K Patients

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On February 21, 2017, an unauthorized individual accessed an employee email account containing PHI at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas. Hill Country stated the email hack appears to be the result of intentional...

Unauthorized EHR Access Potentially Exposes 14K Records

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On February 27, 2017, the Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause discovered a potential data breach in which an unauthorized individual gained access to a third-party server containing patient EHRs. While the patient EHRs and the...

PHI Security of 20K Possibly Affected from RI Laptop Theft

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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,...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

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Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in...

Stolen, Unencrypted Drive Causes Data Security Concern for 15K

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Western Health Screening (WHS) recently issued a letter notifying individuals of a possible data security breach in which a WHS-owned vehicle containing an unencrypted jump drive was stolen. The jump drive contained the personal...

Kentucky Health Center Ensures PHI Security After Email Gaffe

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On February 3, 2017, Women’s Care of Somerset (WCS) employees erroneously disclosed the email addresses of all recipients of an informative email regarding health-related services to the other recipients. According to a written...

NY Computer Virus Raises Healthcare Data Security Concerns

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Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has been battling a computer virus that was discovered on its computer system early Sunday morning, causing concern over the organization’s healthcare data security. The hospital has voluntarily...

55K Potentially Affected by Virus Encrypting Pediatric Servers

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On February 6, 2017, ABCD Pediatrics discovered a virus had gained access to the healthcare organization’s servers and encrypted patient data. The Texas-based pediatric facility immediately contacted IT personnel to take all servers...

2016 Record Data Breach Year, Attackers Less Healthcare-Focused

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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...

Potential Ransomware Attack Encrypts Patient Data in KY

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Kentucky-based Estill County Chiropractic (ECC) recently announced on its website that it had experienced a potential ransomware attack, where an unauthorized user installed malicious software that encrypted patient files. ECC said that...

Urology Austin Ransomware Attack Possibly Affects 279K

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Urology Austin recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on January 22, 2017, which potentially exposed patient data that was stored on the compromised server. The OCR data breach reporting tool states that...

Computer Virus Potentially Exposes PHI of 2.5K at OR Clinic

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A technician at Lane Community College health clinic recently discovered a computer virus, which may have exposed the PHI of some patients, according to an online statement. The Oregon college health clinic stated the virus may have been...

Metropolitan Urology Ransomware Attack Affects 18K Patients

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Wisconsin-based Metropolitan Urology Group (MUG) recently notified patients that it had experienced a ransomware attack on November 28, 206. MUG explained in a statement on its website that it became aware of the incident on January 10,...

VA University Health System Security Breach Impacts 2.7K

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System recently discovered a data breach potentially impacted over 2,700 patients, according to an announcement in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. On January 10, 2017, VCU Health System became...

Allina Health Privacy Incident Possibly Exposes Patient Info

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Minnesota-based Allina Health recently announced that paper documents were emptied into the trash before the documents could be securely shredded. The documents were from a recycling bin in the physician’s private office, and were...

Brand New Day Data Breach from Vendor System Access

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A California-based Medicare health plan is notifying approximately 14,000 patients that some of their information may have been compromised in a potential vendor data breach. Brand New Day became aware on December 28, 2016 that a...

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