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What’s the Deal with Healthcare & Blockchains?

There’s a lot of talk as to who owns your medical identity, how electronic health records are handled, remediation of healthcare data breaches, etc, but the next big topic of discussion are blockchains. What are blockchains? Can healthcare data truly be secure with them? Imagine if all electronic medical records (EMRs) and other electronic health […]

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Quest Diagnostics Labs Suffer a Data Breach

Quest Diagnostics’ patient data has been accessed by an unauthorized third party, affecting more than 30,000 patients. Like many other breaches, the unauthorized hacker accessed Quest Diagnostics’ data base via the MyQuest via Care360 internet app. Clinical laboratory services company Quest Diagnostics announced Monday that it is investigating a third-party hack into an internet application […]

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Ponemon Releases Fifth Annual Study on Healthcare Data Breaches

Ponemon has release it’s fifth annual study on healthcare data breaches and it has some interesting data. The Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, sponsored by ID Experts, shows that, for the first time, criminal attacks are the number-one root cause of healthcare data breaches. We calculated a 125 percent […]

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Malicious Attacks now Leading Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches

A new study by the Ponemon Institute and ID Experts reveals a trend that has the Healthcare industry on edge. For the first year in it’s five years of reporting, malicious criminal attacks now lead the pack for healthcare data breach causes – previously, unintentional events/accidents were the leading cause of healthcare breaches. This comes […]

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Big Breach Targets: Why Healthcare, Why Now?

In early February, Anthem Healthcare reported a data breach that may have affected up to 80 million customers, as many as 1 in 4 Americans. The estimates dwarf last year’s Community Health Systems breach by an order of magnitude. Last year’s litany of history-making breaches involved retail companies—Target, Home Depot, K-Mart, and the list goes […]

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Anthem Healthcare Data Breach – An Open Letter to Connecticut Attorney General Jepsen

Dear Mr. Jepsen: I read with interest the letter you recently sent to Mr. Swedish, President and CEO of Anthem, Inc., on behalf of yourself and several other state Attorney’s General, with regard to their recent massive data breach. The focus on your letter appears to have been primarily regarding the passage of time and […]

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Photocopier HIPAA Data Breach leads to $1.2 million HIPAA fine

A high profile HIPAA data breach at Affinity Health Plan caused by PHI on a discarded photocopier has resulted in a 1.2 million fine by Health and Human Services.  A discarded photocopier, you read that right.  It didn’t help that the CBS Evening News bought the used photocopier and was able to retrieve PHI. “OCR […]

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University of Florida Notifies Patients after Healthcare Data Breach

University of Florida notified over 5,500 patients (and parents of) after an employee working at the medical center may have compromised PHI and PII.  The employee was discovered to have ties with an ID theft ring.  The healthcare breach happened at the UF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic and involved minors, hence the parents being notified.  […]

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Idaho State University Hit With $400k HIPAA Fine

HHS hit Idaho State University with a $400,000 fine this week over HIPAA security violations.  The fine comes because of a healthcare data breach involving 17,500 patients where a firewall was disabled for 10 months.  Overall HHS listed a incomplete/inadequate risk assessment/analysis as one of the major factors in their decision. “Idaho State University (ISU) […]

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How to work with multiple language populations after a healthcare data breach?

This “Data Breach Response – How To” article is part of our larger series by Heather Noonan. Working with multiple languages after a data breach can be fairly simple if you remember a couple important things and remember that you may run into some obstacles along the way. Think of it as an adventure and […]

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