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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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Health Records Held For Ransom By Hackers

Posted August 13, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care with 0 comments
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As more patient records go digital, a recent hacker attack on a small medical practice shows the big risks involved with electronic files. The Surgeons of Lake County, a medical facility in the northern Illinois suburb of Libertyville, revealed last month that hackers had burrowed deeply into its computer network, infiltrating a server where e-mails and electronic medical records were stored, Bloomberg.com reported on its Tech Blog. 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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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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Utah Governor Fires Tech Director, Brings In Cyber Security Czar

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Gov. Gary Herbert apologized to the 780,000 victims of the health data security breach on Tuesday. To restore the public’s trust, he announced Tuesday that he fired Department of Technology Services director Stephen Fletcher and hired an ombudsman to shepherd victims through the process of protecting their identities and credit. “The people of Utah rightly believe that the government will protect them, their families, and their personal data. When they interface with us that is in fact our charge,” Herbert…

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More Data Breach Fallout, Expense For Utah Department Of Health

Posted May 17, 2012 by Tim Whitman in Breach Costs, Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care with 0 comments
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The state of Utah is hiring a public relations firm to handle “crisis communications” in the wake of a health data breach that put the personal information of 780,000 people at risk. The contract will be short-lived and will cost between $100,000 and $200,000, according to a solicitation published on May 11. It calls for building a communications plan to “rebuild trust with the public, specifically those who were directly impacted by the breach and those who rely on the…

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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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Utah Data Breach Blamed On Configuration Error

Posted April 9, 2012 by Tim Whitman in Data Breach, Database Security, Health Care with 0 comments
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Nearly 200,000 people who receive benefits from the Medicaid and Child Health Insurance Plan in Utah have had their personal information–including Social Security numbers in some cases–compromised as part of an intrusion on the network at the Utah Department of Technology Services. The 181,000 estimated victims is nearly eight times higher than the 24,000 people that the department initially thought were affected by the attack. During the early stages of the investigation into the attack, the DTS thought that personal…

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