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Healthcare Data Breach Costs Highest for 7th Straight Year

June 20, 2017 - Healthcare data breach costs are the highest among surveyed sectors for the seventh straight year, according to the 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, which is a 10 percent decline from the 2016 survey. However, healthcare data breaches cost organizations $380 per record. That is more than 2.5...


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$130K NY State Settlement from Late Data Breach Notification

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CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. recently agreed to a $130,000 settlement with New York after the company was found to have violated state data breach notification law, according to the New York Attorney General’s office. CoPilot...

NJ Gov. Seeks Ease in HIPAA Regulations for Opioid Fight

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will likely propose HIPAA regulations be loosened in cases of opioid overdoses, according to multiple news outlets. Christie spoke at Morristown Medical Center to the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey earlier...

Curbing Medical Identity Theft with Improved Identification

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Medical identity theft is one of several outcomes that may occur following a healthcare data breach. Individuals may be faced with medical bills for treatments that they never received, and can spend years working to remove the incidents from...

Plaintiff Dismisses MDLive Patient Data Privacy Lawsuit

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The plaintiff in a patient data privacy lawsuit filed against MDLive, Inc. voluntarily dismissed the suit on June 2, 2017, according to a press release. Joan Richards had filed the class-action lawsuit, claiming that an MDLive app asked individuals...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Selected

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The ONC announced the winners of its Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, showing how Model Privacy Notice (MPN) generators can help consumers better understand a specific product’s privacy and security policies. Principal Deputy National...

Improving Patient Privacy, Workflow with HIPAA Compliant Forms

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Cloud-based services are quickly becoming more common in healthcare, especially as organizations are trying to find HIPAA compliant ways of keeping ePHI secure. However, these tools cannot hinder how physicians and staff members perform daily...

Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

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After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps, MD, claim...

Senators, AHIMA Voice HIT Security, Interoperability Concerns

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Proposed budget cuts and workforce reductions to HHS could have a potential negative impact on successfully implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, according to several senators. Specifically, HIT security, interoperability, and even advancing...

Maintaining HIPAA Privacy through Increased Patient Access

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The HIPAA Privacy Rule is not something that covered entities or business associates can afford to ignore, even as technology continues to evolve and patients have increased access to their own records. AHIMA raised a key issue though in a recent...

Calif. Patient Privacy Case Reaches State Supreme Court

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Oral arguments in a patient privacy case were presented to the California Supreme Court earlier this week, claiming that controlled substance prescription data collected and submitted to the state justice department should remain protected. In...

Report Finds 16.6M Affected by 2016 Healthcare Data Breaches

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There was a record number of healthcare data breaches reported in 2016, with unauthorized disclosures accounting for the majority of those incidents, according to the Bitglass 2017 Healthcare Breach Report. Hacking and IT incidents still pose...

Vendor Risk Management Key Focus in Recent HITRUST Program

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A new HITRUST exchange aims to help entities as they request and receive third-party security and privacy risk assessment information, streamlining the vendor risk management process. The HITRUST Assessment Exchange will utilize the HITRUST CSF...

MDLive Lawsuit Claims Patient Data Privacy Violations

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Allegations were recently filed against a telehealth provider, claiming that the company committed patient privacy violations and disclosed customer information to a third-party organization. MDLive, Inc. is facing a class-action lawsuit filed...

Va. Data Breach Legislation Update Accounts for Payroll Data

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Virginia recently updated its data breach legislation to require notification should payroll data become compromised. The amended statute applies to employers or payroll service providers who experience unauthorized access and acquisition of...

HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

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The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

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Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

ONC Reiterates Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Need in PMI

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The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a federal research program that hopes to improve how disease is treated, but there are still healthcare data privacy and security concerns. However, ONC explained in a recent blog post that keeping data...

Healthcare Data Breach Risk Higher in Larger Facilities

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Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. There is a “fundamental...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in Precision Medicine Push

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As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and put PHI at risk, precision medicine guidelines need to be updated to account for new health data privacy threats, according to a recent opinion piece published in the Oxford University Press. The...

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