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St. Luke’s Pays $387,000 HIPAA Settlement for Impermissible Disclosure of PHI

May 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reported that St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York City, has paid a $387,000 settlement for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...

Enforcement Evolves

May 12, 2017  |  Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc.
commentary
At the same time we see cyber attacks continuing to escalate, we also are seeing a very serious and active response by the Office for Civil Rights with respect to its compliance review and breach investigation activity.

Texas Health System Will Pay $2.4M to Settle Potential HIPAA Disclosure Violations

May 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) has agreed to pay a $2.4 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan stemming from potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...

Report: Healthcare Data Breaches Hit All-Time High in 2016

May 4, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Healthcare data breaches hit an all-time high (328) in 2016, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 (268), according to a report from Bitglass.

Report: Cyber Attackers Using Simple Tactics, Tools to Target Healthcare, Other Industries

April 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The number of reported breach incidents in healthcare grew by 22 percent in 2016 from 269 breach incidents in 2015 to 328 last year, according to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR).

Survey: Two-Thirds of Healthcare Employees Share Confidential Data On Occasion

April 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Seventy-two percent of employee say they would share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information under certain circumstances and 68 percent of healthcare employees report that they share confidential or regulated data on occasion, according to the...

Device Manufacturer Will Pay $2.5M to Settle Potential HIPAA Noncompliance

April 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
CardioNet, a Malvern, Pa.-based device manufacturer and a subsidiary of BioTelemtry, has agree to pay a $2.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) due to potential noncompliance with the Health...

Illinois Provider Pays $31,000 HIPAA Settlement Due to Lack of BA Agreement

April 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Center for Children’s Digestive Health has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $31,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a...

Report: Data Breach Incidents in March Affected 1.5 Million Patient Records

April 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
There was a sharp spike in the number of breached patient records as the result of data breach incidents in March, with this month seeing 2.5 times the number of breached records in January and February combined, according to the latest Protenus “Breach Barometer...

Former OCR Advisor on HIPAA Compliance and Data Breaches: “This is a Management Problem, Not a User Problem”

April 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at Austin-based CynergisTek and former HHS OCR senior advisor, shares his perspective about HIPAA compliance issues and why hospital executives need to sit up and notice OCR’s enforcement activities.

Denver-Based FQHC Will Pay $400,000 HIPAA Settlement

April 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that a Denver-based provider, Metro Community Provider Network, has agreed to pay $400,000 and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential noncompliance with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

Pediatric Group Reports Ransomware Attack Impacting 55,000 Patients’ Data

April 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A pediatrics practice, ABCD Pediatrics, serving the San Antonio, Texas metropolitan area reported that it was hit with a ransomware attack and the virus began encrypting the practice's servers, however, the encryption was slowed significantly by existing...

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