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Potential PHI Data Breach Follows Mich. Employee Email Hack

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A Michigan healthcare provider is dealing with a potential PHI data breach after one of its employee’s email was reportedly hacked. Oakland Family Services reported earlier this month that “an unauthorized individual” gained...

Molina Healthcare PHI Data Breach May Cause Identity Theft

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Molina Healthcare issued PHI data breach notification letters to current or former members explaining that their PHI had been breached for fraudulent purposes. According to a copy of the letter, CVS, the over-the-counter (OTC) vendor for Molina...

Thefts Lead to Health Data Breaches for La., Vt. Providers

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Two recent health data breaches were reported after facilities in Louisiana and Vermont had laptops and other devices were stolen. Incidents like this further prove why healthcare organizations need to have physical, administrative, and technical...

Sutter Health Data Breach Affects 2,500 Patients

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A former employee reportedly emailed patient information without authorization, leading to a Sutter Health data breach. Sutter Health explained in a statement on its website that 2,582 patients are potentially affected, and that with the exception...

Excellus BCBS Data Breach Affects 7M Individuals

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Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (Excellus BCBS) announced that it had been the victim of a cyber attack, and approximately 7 million individuals potentially had their information exposed. The Excellus BCBS data breach was discovered by the healthcare...

Possible Health Data Breaches for Ohio, Wash. Providers

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Healthcare providers in Ohio and Washington are working through separate potential health data breaches following instances of a missing notebook and an unlocked storage center, respectively. Incidents like these further show why healthcare organizations...

Health Data Breach Adds to Latest UCLA Security Turmoil

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Health data security has been a hot topic for the UCLA Health System as of late. The healthcare organization announced yet another health data breach on September 1. According to a hospital statement, UCLA will be sending out data breach notification...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Hacking, Employee Theft

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Health data breaches can be caused by various incidents, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive safeguards in place. Two separate incidents at medical centers highlight the importance of this fact,...

Calif. Psychiatrist Reports Health Data Breach, PHI Theft

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California-based psychiatrist Robert E. Soper, M.D. recently notified patients of a health data breach after his car was broken into and a desktop computer containing patient PHI was stolen from the trunk of the car. Other pieces of equipment,...

PHI Health Data Breach at Children’s Hospital Affects 7,600

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PHI data breach notification letters were sent to over 7,600 Akron Children’s Hospital patients and families, according to a hospital press release. The health data breach involved a misplaced device containing information about medical...

Health Data Breaches Due to Employee Mishandling in OK, CT

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Mishandled medical information has caused two separate health data breaches in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Neither of the breaches, which occurred at Oklahoma University Physicians OB/GYN department and Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT., disclosed...

High-Profile Patients Prompt Internal Health Data Breaches

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No matter the many safeguards against hacking and cyberattacks are put into place in hospital records, sometimes hospitals need to protect against their own employees’ nosiness as well. Such was the case for the Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit...

Colorado PHI Data Breach Affects 1,600 Beneficiaries

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The protected health information (PHI) of 1,622 Colorado residents was exposed when letters containing the sensitive information were sent to the incorrect households. The data breach, which affected patients who receive state healthcare benefits,...

Lawrence General Health Data Breach Due to Lost Flash Drive

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Health data breaches due to misplaced flash drives seem to be a rising trend recently, as Lawrence General Hospital is yet another healthcare organization to report an incident. On August 7, the hospital put out a press release outlining the...

Health Data Breaches From Theft, Improper Disposal

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As often discussed on this site, health data breaches can stem from numerous areas. Covered entities and their business associates need to ensure they have a comprehensive data security plan, and are able to implement the necessary physical,...

Potential Health Data Breach for Montana Urology Clinic

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A Montana urology clinic reported a potential health data breach after it discovered in May that its storage unit that housed patient records was broken into and patient data was possibly accessed. Urology Associates sent data breach notification...

Health Data Breaches Stem From Cyber Attack, Exposed Binders

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Health data breaches can occur because of numerous reasons, which is why covered entities and their business associates must have comprehensive training measures and data security measures. All physical safeguards, technical safeguards and administrative...

McLean Hospital Reports Health Data Breach, Affects 12,600

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Massachusetts-based McLean Hospital announced this week that it had suffered from a health data breach, potentially affecting 12,600 individuals. McLean discovered on May 29, 2015 that four unencrypted backup data tapes were missing, according...

OhioHealth Missing Flash Drive Leads to Health Data Breach

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After misplacing an unencrypted flash drive, OhioHealth has issued health data breach notification letters, according to a statement issued on the company’s website. OhioHealth discovered that the flash drive was missing on May 29. While...

PHI Data Breaches, Fraud in Georgia and New York

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PHI data breach security is a primary concern for all healthcare professionals. However, in recent weeks, it has been challenged at both the Georgia Divisions of Aging Services and at Healthfirst, a health insurance agency based in New York....

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