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Patient Privacy Violated Following Employee Theft in Oregon

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Oregon-based Northwest Primary Care (NWPC) recently notified approximately 5,300 patients that some of their personal information was inappropriately accessed by a former employee. The patient privacy violation reportedly occurred when a former...

Cyberattack Causes Healthcare Data Breach at MaineGeneral

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Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified MaineHealth as having experienced a cyber attack.  MaineGeneral Health will be sending out healthcare data breach notification letters to individuals who fell victim...

UCHealth Alerts Patients of Internal Healthcare Data Breach

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Colorado-based UCHealth is notifying approximately 800 patients of an internal healthcare data breach that resulted from an employee inappropriately accessing electronic patient files. According to a hospital statement, the incident was discovered...

Exposed Server Causes Cottage Health Healthcare Data Breach

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Nearly 11,000 patients have had their health information breached in a recent healthcare data breach at Cottage Health in California. According to a hospital statement, an outside IT security contractor was testing the provider’s data systems...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

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After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data security...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

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Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for...

Keystroke Logger Leads to Health Data Breach at KY Hospital

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OH Muhlenberg, LLC recently experienced a keystroke logger cyberattack, which lead to a health data breach, according to a hospital statement. OH Muhlenberg was notified of this incident by the FBI on September 16, 2015. The FBI notification...

DHHS Has Second Email Health Data Breach in Two Months

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For the second time in two months, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has experienced a health data breach due to an improperly encrypted email, according to WRAL.com. The incident, which occurred in September,...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

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After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing private...

Employee Theft Results in PHI Data Breach for 16K Children

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Employee theft and improper disclosure resulted in a massive PHI data breach at Children’s Medical Clinics in Texas. According to the data breach notification letter sent out to potentially affected individuals, an employee took paper patient...

Calif. Facility Reports Two Healthcare Data Breaches

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A California healthcare organization recently reported two separate healthcare data breaches that potentially exposed patients’ PHI. Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) announced on October 6, 2015 that some “small glass...

NYC Health Center Notifies 1,500 Patients of PHI Data Breach

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A New York City medical and mental health center recently reported a potential PHI data breach after a laptop containing patient information was stolen, underscoring the importance of encrypting devices on which patient health data is stored....

S.C. Hospital Employee Violates Patient Privacy, Steals PHI

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Although implementing adequate technical and physical safeguards to keep potential hackers from accessing patient health information is vitally important, those measures are sometimes not enough to prevent patient privacy violations and health...

Mental Health Facility Has PHI Data Breach of 11K Patients

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A mental health facility in Texas recently reported a potential PHI data breach that may affect over 11,000 patients. El Paso-based Emergence Health Network (EHN) first announced on October 8, 2015 that one of its computer servers was assessed...

PHI Data Breaches After Unsecure Email, Cybersecurity Attack

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Two separate PHI data breaches at facilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma potentially compromised the information of approximately 5,700 individuals. While the two incidents were caused by different issues, they both further underline the importance...

NY Health Data Breach Affects Persons with Disabilities

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A health data breach involving the allegedly stolen protected health information (PHI) of individuals with disabilities has occurred, according to the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), an advocacy group for individuals with disabilities. According...

Ark., Md. Providers Notify Patients of Health Data Breaches

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Recently, two health data breaches were reported in Arkansas and Maryland. Although neither of these incidents included billing or Social Security information, they did both result in HIPAA notification letters due to potential PHI disclosure....

Medicaid Data Breach, Security Issue at NC and CA Facilities

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A Medicaid data breach and a separate data security incident were reported at two facilities recently, further showing why organizations that handle patient data need to have comprehensive and current data security plans in place. HIPAA covered...

OU Health Data Breach from Stolen Laptop Affects Over 9,000

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Although healthcare providers often report taking mobile device security seriously, health data breaches due to lost or stolen laptops still do occur. Such was the case at the University of Oklahoma Department of Urology, according to a recent...

Florida Health Plan Data Breach After Mailing Error

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A Florida health plan is dealing with a potential data breach after a mailing error caused some members to receive the personal information of other members. CarePlus Health Plans announced that on September 18, a machine that was programmed...

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