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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kathryn Marchesini Named New ONC Chief Privacy Officer

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced through an internal email that Katheryn Marchesini, JD, had been appointed to the ONC Chief Privacy Officer position. National Coordinator Donald Rucker, MD explained that Marchesini...

29K Impacted by SSM Health Data Breach from Unauthorized Access

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St. Louis, Missouri-based SSM Health recently reported that it experienced a potential data breach after an employee accessed patient records without authorization. The access occurred between February 13, 2017 and October 20, 2017 when...

Ransomware Attack Raises Health Data Security Worry for 2.6K

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Columbus, Nebraska-based Eye Physicians, P.C. experienced a ransomware attack on October 7, 2017 that encrypted files on some of its servers. The organization was able to immediately restore servers through a backup, it explained in an...

PA Security Breach from Missing External Hard Drive Affects 4.1K

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Pennsylvania-based Washington Health System (WHS) Greene recently announced that a missing external hard drive has created security breach concerns at the organization. The device was for the Bone Densitometry machine and contained...

Unauthorized Server Access Creates Data Security Concern for 47K

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Carl Albert State College (CASC) is re-notifying certain individuals of unauthorized server access from 2016 that may create data security concerns. CASC explained in an online statement that the server was accessed on April 7, 2016....

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Contribute to 2017 Top Data Breaches

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With the majority of healthcare providers reporting that they were impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack in the past 12 months, it is not surprising that nine out of the 10 largest breaches reported to OCR in 2017 were caused by...

Henry Ford Health System PHI Data Breach Affects 18K

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Henry Ford Health System experienced a PHI data breach after an unauthorized individual gained access to or stole a group of employees’ email accounts, according to an online statement from the organization. Henry Ford said it is...

12K Affected in ShopRite Supermarkets Data Security Incident

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ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. announced that the Kingston, New York ShopRite experienced a data security incident that potentially put personal and medical information of customers at risk. A pharmacy device that captured signatures was...

PHI of 9.5K Possibly Compromised in WI Healthcare Phishing Attack

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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) announced that it suffered a healthcare phishing attack and that certain PHI may have been affected as it was in the accessed employee email accounts. An investigation and manual document review...

Catholic Charities Healthcare Cyberattack Impacts 4.6K

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Catholic Charities announced that its Glens Falls office experienced a healthcare cyberattack on a server containing information of approximately 4,600 current and former clients and several employees. Unauthorized software was discovered...

Data Backups Aid in Ransomware Attack Recovery for KS Agency

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East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) said in an online statement that it was the victim of a ransomware attack on September 5, 2017, leaving files encrypted and inaccessible. ECKAAA said it immediately hired a cybersecurity...

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