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Small Physician Offices Are Primary Source Of Health Care Related Data Breaches

Posted December 5, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care, HIPAA with 0 comments
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Small physician practices, much like their small commercial business counterparts, have been the primary source of health care related data breaches, according to an analysis of breaches from 2009 to October 2012 released today by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). These smaller medical offices, usually well under 100 employees, lack the IT or information security resources to adequately deal with a wide array of cybercriminals eyeing electronic health records and personal information that has considerable value in the black…

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Massachusetts Eye And Ear Associates Inc. To Pay $1.5 Million For Potential Violations Of The HIPAA Security Rule

Posted September 18, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Fines and Penalties, Health Care, HIPAA with 0 comments
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Another HIPAA data breach settlement has been reached, this time with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates Inc. (MEEI), which will pay $1.5 million to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for potential violations of the HIPAA Security Rule. HHS officials announced Monday that the settlement also requires MEEI to take corrective action to improve policies and procedures to safeguard the privacy and security of its patients’ protected health information. Click for…

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University Of Miami Hospital Suffers Data Breach, Fires Two Suspected Employees

Posted September 14, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care, HIPAA with 0 comments
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The University of Miami Hospital has fired two employees suspected of stealing and possibly selling the personally identifiable information (PII) of patients. The health system announced the breach last week — the second to occur there this year — and began notifying those affected. A website detailing the incident also was set up. Click for complete article >>

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‘Wall Of Shame’ Shows 21 Million Data Breaches In Healthcare

Posted August 8, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care, HIPAA with 0 comments
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Over the past three years, about 21 million patients have had their medical records exposed in data security breaches that were big enough to require they be reported to the federal government. Since Sept. 2009, 477 breaches affecting 500 people or more each have been reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In total, the health records of 20,970,222 people have been compromised, the OCR said. The Office for Civil…

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Worrisome Data Breach Trends Force Organizations To Examine IT Security Infrastructure

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In the war over government data security, the statistics indicate the bad guys are winning. And some security experts say any hope of reversing that trend will take “a whole new paradigm” in IT security. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported last week that federal data breaches involving unauthorized disclosures of personally identifiable information increased by 19%, or about 13,000 to 15,500, from 2010 to 2011. At least some of the time, victims of those breaches are being left…

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Alaska DHSS Fined $1.7M Over Data Breach

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) – the state’s Medicaid agency – has agreed to pay $1.7 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to settle possible violations of the HIPAA Security Rule, making it the second largest settlement for HIPAA violations to date. As part of the settlement, the state has also agreed to take corrective action to properly safeguard the electronic personal health information (PHI) of their Medicaid beneficiaries. Click for…

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Personal Health Information – Not As Secure As Expected

Posted April 23, 2012 by Tim Whitman in Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care, HIPAA with 0 comments
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Almost a decade after a new law went into effect to strengthen health privacy protections, the number of breaches of patient records and databases across the U.S. suggests that personal health information is not as private or secure as many consumers might want or expect. Since fall 2009, more than 400 large health care breaches affecting at least 500 people and more than 50,000 smaller breaches have been reported to the federal government. Click for complete article >>

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BlueCross BlueShield Pays $1.5 Million for 2009 Data Breach

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A 2009 data breach that has already cost BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee nearly $17 million got a little more expensive Tuesday. The insurer today agreed to pay $1.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to settle Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations related to the breach. Under the settlement, BlueCross BlueShield has also agreed to review and revise its privacy and security policies and to regularly train employees on their responsibilities under the…

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Importance For Healthcare Security Pros To “Speak” Finance

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As the number of healthcare data breaches continues to snowball, executives put in charge of safeguarding protected health information (PHI) can’t keep up with the risks inherent with increased deployment of electronic health records (EHR) without enough financial backing to get the job done. And the only way that these PHI protectors can squeeze that juice from the C-suite is if they make themselves fluent in the language of financial justification, say authors of a new report out this week…

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ANSI: Understand Consequences Of Data Breaches BEFORE They Occur

Posted March 6, 2012 by Tim Whitman in Best Practices, Breach Costs, Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care, HIPAA with 0 comments
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As adoption rates rise, health IT makes protected health information (PHI) available to more organizations and entities, increasing the likelihood of data being improperly disclosed, lost or stolen. Despite the risks and costs of a potential data breach, many healthcare executives aren’t doing enough to support their organizations’ security efforts, but researchers from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) believe they’d do more if the far-reaching consequences of a breach were more clearly outlined. Click for complete article >>

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