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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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Healthcare Data Breach leads to $1.5 million fine

The HHS fine-hammer has come down on another organization.  This time the target was The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, relating to a healthcare data breach they had earlier this year effecting 3,621 records.  After reading the HHS release on the fine and data breach, you can start to see the pattern that is emerging […]

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Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights – Filling in the Gaps

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights being pushed by the White House this year has one big flaw – and it’s an important one.  Anything that is already covered under HIPAA and HITECH is not convered by the Bill leaving a privacy purgatory for all your health information.  You have the right to a standard […]

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Fixing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights being pushed by the White House has one glaring error; healthcare privacy.  Insert James C. Pyles, an attorney focused on patient privacy, and his soon to be released Health Information Privacy Bill of Rights.  Its main goal is the fill in the gap between the Consumer Privacy Bill of […]

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National Data Security and Notification Legislation Proposals Underway

In recent weeks, there have been two bills introduced in Washington, D.C. that are attempting to set nationwide standards for the security and privacy of consumers’ personal information. The “Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2010” was introduced by Senator Pryor (D-Arkansas) and Senator John Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) on August 5, 2010. The bill […]

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Are you ready for a healthcare data breach?

This article is reprinted from Healthcare IT News with the author’s permission.   The handling of data breach incidents has become a way of life for healthcare providers and with other HIPAA covered entities. With the passage of the HITECH Act last year, there are now substantial penalties that can be levied, up to $1.5 […]

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HITECH Breach Risk Assessment Webinar

Healthcare organizations that fall under the definition of HIPAA covered entities should be very aware of their obligations under the data breach provisions of the HITECH Act. The reason being that there are now very substantial penalties for disregarding the security and privacy regulations, for lax detection of data breach incidents and for failing to […]

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New healthcare data breach offering

ID Experts today announced a new and unique solution for data breaches that involve protected health information (PHI) and associated risks of medical identity theft. With the passage of the HITECH Act last year and the clarifying Rules published by Health and Human Services (HHS), healthcare organizations now face greater scrutiny and higher risks when […]

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Reporting of Healthcare Data Breaches?

Since the HITECH Act data breach notification provisions became effective this past September 23, 2009, I’d recently become curious about the number and nature of data breaches that would start to appear on the website at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS Rules require healthcare organizations (specifically HIPAA covered entities) to […]

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Breach

This past week, the Boston Globe wrote about a data breach incident at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that occurred in August of this year and where the affected population of people is just now being notified. The breach, which included social security numbers, included over 39,000 physicians and healthcare providers in Massachusetts. “It […]

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