Stolen Laptops Lead to HIPAA Settlements for Two Healthcare Entities

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Two healthcare organizations have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security...

Tenn. Healthcare Employee Gives Patients’ PHI to Competing Provider

April 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
University Urology, P.C. of Knoxville, Tenn. has acknowledged a security breach in which an administrative employee provided patient information to a competing healthcare provider for the purpose of the competitor soliciting patient business.

Is Healthcare Sector Ready for Cyber Threats?

April 21, 2014     David Raths
On April 1, a cross-section of healthcare industry information security executives took part in the first full-day interactive simulation of an industry-wide cyber threat. During the CyberRX simulation, companies displayed a wide range in terms of...

UPMC Data Breach Affects 27K Employees; Nearly 800 Hit by Tax Fraud

April 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is reporting that the personal information of 27,000 of its employees might have been put at risk by identity thieves, with nearly 800 workers falling victim to a fraudulent tax return scheme, say multiple news...

Providing a Frontline of Defense for PHI

April 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
As the rapidly evolving healthcare industry faces increasing challenges to keeping PHI protected, there is a growing need to ensure knowledgeable and credentialed security and privacy practitioners are in place to protect this sensitive information. Health IT...

GUEST BLOG: Heartbleed Bug — What You Should Know

April 11, 2014     Michael Mathews, Ph.D, President and Chief Operating Officer, CynergisTek, Inc.
In this guest blog, Dr. Michael Mathews of CynergisTek explains the Heartbleed bug. It is a vulnerability in OpenSSL, the open source software that provides for encryption of data in transit between two points across a network, and estimated to impact up to...

Michigan Long Term Care HIPAA Breach Affects 2,595 Patients

April 8, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has issued a notice of a data breach that occurred when a laptop computer and flash drive containing the personal information of about 2,595 patients were stolen from an employee of the State Long Term Care (LTC...

Massive Data Breach in Los Angeles County Gets Even Bigger

April 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Details of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS)' massive data breach, which was announced last month, have gotten even worse as more than 300,000 patients are said to be involved.

HHS Reveals Security Risk Assessment Tool

March 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide healthcare providers in small to medium-sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available HHS.

Data Breach in Ohio Exposes Health Info of 8,800 Patients

March 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
HealthSource of Ohio, a community health center in Southwest Ohio, has announced that the protected health information of 8,800 patients was accessible on the internet for more than a month.

Giving Clinicians Easier Access to the Patient Record

March 18, 2014     John DeGaspari
In an effort to simplify the task of signing in to its hospital network for its clinicians, Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 562-bed academic medical center in Burlington, Vt., is in the process of rolling out a single sign-on system that speeds up access, while...

New England Health System Establishes Infrastructure for Employee Population Health

March 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Hospitals and health systems are a target-rich environment for lowering costs and improving health because the costs associated with employee health benefits are higher. One health system in New England is using analytics to manage the health of their employee...
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