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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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Orlando Hospital Foots the Bill Post Data Breach

After the Pulse nightclub incident in Orlando, FL, a majority of the victims were treated at Orlando Regional Hospital. Not too long after their treatment, the hospital suffered a data breach, which included those victims’ PHI. Here’s what happened: Survivors of the Orlando shooting at the Pulse LGBT club will not be billed for their […]

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Is Medical Identity Theft on The Rise?

The threat of medical identity theft is becoming a far bigger threat than initially expected, and it’s on the rise. And to make things even worse, patients can’t effectively take matters into their own hands because, in most states, medical identities belong to the provider or hospital. It began like an ordinary purse snatching. The […]

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OCR Phase 2 Audits Are Here!

After the dismal results of phase 1 OCR Audits, business associates and covered entities alike have their work cut out for them. But with phase 2 beginning, are organizations ready for an audit? The long-awaited second phase of the OCR Audits has finally arrived. After the dismal results of the phase 1 audits, healthcare organizations—both […]

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Healthcare Takes Another Hit: Banner Health Data Breach

On June 17, 2017 Banner Health discovered a massive cyber attack that compromised more than 3.7 million patients, health insurance subscribers, food and drink customers, and personnel. The Phoenix-based health-care provider said Wednesday that it will mail letters to 3.7 million patients, health insurance customers, cafeteria customers, doctors and other health care providers notifying them about details […]

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Navigating the Rough Waters of a Being a HIPAA Business Associate

One the most frequently asked question of organizations in the healthcare universe (anyone who manages PHI) is “Am I a HIPAA Business Associate?”  The second most frequent question, “what is a HIPAA Business Associate?” Are We a Business Associate? Chances are, you are a business associate. In all likelihood, when you set up your business […]

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Software Solution for a Risk Analysis Problem

Healthcare & Insurance Entities Turn to ID Experts’ Software, RADAR™, for Data Incident Management Customer Adoption Grows 242 Percent; RADAR 3.0 Now Available PORTLAND, Ore. — October 9, 2013 — Lost laptops and internal snafus happen. If they involve personal information of customers, employees or others—as they often do—organizations must act in accordance with Federal […]

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Business Associates: Welcome to a whole new HIPAA world

The new HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule world is here! But how does it effect both Covered Entities and Business Associates?  For CE’s it’s an easy adjustment, or at least it should be if they are paying attention, but for BA’s it’s a new game.  One of the biggest industries to be effected by the new […]

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What is a Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis?

What is a Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis and why do you have to preform one?  In short: it’s required!  ID Experts has a great little write up about Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis, what it is and why you have to do it.  In simple terms it is a core requirement in the incentive […]

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HIPAA Breach Hits Indiana University Health Arnett

Indiana University Health Arnett has notified over 10,000 patients after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from a car.  The risks inherent to universities has been widely documented here but add in HIPAA and HITECH privacy & security to the mix and you have a risk management nightmare.  This breach was a failure of proper policy, […]

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