New West Health Services Data Breach Affected 25,000 Patients

New West Health Services has begun informing 25,000 patients concerning the loss of a password-protected, unencrypted laptop containing wide-ranging Protected Health Information. Latest West Health Services Data Infringement Affects 25,000 Patients   New West Health Services, a not-for-profit provider of subsidized health policies, including Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans, has informed the thievery of … Read more

Telephone Phishing Swindle Affects 21K Blue Shield of California Customers

An infringement of PHI caused by a worker of a business partner who fell for a telephone phishing fraud has been informed by Blue Shield of California. Nearly 21,000 people have been influenced by the security infringement. Insurers and healthcare providers must conduct staff training to make sure workers are conscious of the danger of … Read more

Latest Oregon Infringement Notification Law Becomes Effective

Companies doing business in the state of Oregon should now abide by the latest data infringement law that became effective on January 1, 2016. If a data infringement is suffered that reveals the personal information of over 250 state residents, an infringement notice should be presented to the Oregon Attorney General. On June 10 previous … Read more

IU Health Arnett Security Infringement Affects 29K Patients

Arnett Hospital of Indiana University Health has notified 29,324 patients concerning the possible revelation of their Protected Health Information (PHI) following an unencrypted flash drive vanished from its emergency division. The flash drive was found to be lost on November 20, 2015, and an inspection was instantly started. Work is continuing to try to find … Read more

Advantages of Healthcare Text Messaging Emphasized by New Analysis

Additional evidence has appeared presenting the advantages of healthcare written messaging. A recently published study in the Journal of the American Heart Association obviously indicated that an automatic mHealth interference using Smartphone and text messages tracing applications might prove to be a good approach for rising patients’ physical activity stages. The advantages of rising activity stages, particularly … Read more

Infringement of Washington Town Health Care District Information

Roughly 3 months after suffering an infringement of personal information, Washington Town Health Care District has tendered an infringement notification to the California Attorney General’s Office describing an infringement of personal information of Californians. The information infringement was found out on October 8, 2015, and included the possible opening of a Washington Community Health Resource … Read more

Cottage Health System Security Inspection Exposes 11K-Record Data Break

On Tuesday Cottage Health System informed its 11,000 sick persons to instruct them that a few of their PHIs were revealed as a consequence of a server occurrence that happened in October 2015. For two weeks, patients had their names and addresses, details of medicinal findings and processes, and their Social Security numbers displayed as … Read more

Connecticut OIG Makes $90K Pact with Hartford Hospital and BA Over 2012 Laptop Theft

Hartford Hospital as well as one of its BAs, EMC Corporation (EMC), have contracted to a settlement with the Connecticut OIG on the 2012 thievery of a laptop having the unencrypted files of 8,883 Connecticut inhabitants. Hartford Hospital and EMC have contracted to a payment of $90,000 to settle the happening. The contract was reached willingly, and … Read more

ONC Publicizes Final 10-Year Interoperability Program

On Tuesday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced the long-anticipated final 10-Year Interoperability Program. After the announcement of the draft form of the program in January 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator wanted remarks from interested parties. More than 250 remarks were received, which were utilized to fine- tune the … Read more

Car Theft Leads to Revelation of PHI of 2900 People

Insurance Data Services (IDS), a Wyoming-based medicinal invoicing firm, has begun to send break notice letters to patients of Claystone Clinical Associates, one of its HIPAA-covered customers, to notify them of the possible revelation of some of their Protected Health Information (PHI). A West Michigan based Delivery Service had been contracted by IDS to deliver … Read more

Urology Associates Notifies 6500-Record Documents Break

Offsite storing of paper medical files might be convenient if facility room is restricted; but as Kailspell-based healthcare supplier, Urology Associates lately found the decision to store files offsite might prove to be costly. The firm had taken help of a local storing service and rented a unit to stock boxes of old medical files. … Read more

Healthcare Software Security Evaluated by Veracode

The cloud presents healthcare suppliers the chance to simplify the provision and administration of medical facilities. However, healthcare suppliers trying to use the ability of the cloud might possibly be putting Protected Health Information (PHI) at peril. HIPAA needs covered entities to always protect PHI, whether it takes the shape of digital files or physical … Read more

Crown Point Medical Tests Uncovers HIPAA Breach

A former company belonging to Crown Point Medical Tests has breached the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) when it did not securely throw away files having the Protected Health Information (PHI) of more than 166 people. The victims had earlier had medical checks handled via My Fast Lab. Barry Walker of Cedar Lake … Read more

Hacking Peaks List of 2015 Data Break Reasons

A study of break details for the duration of the initial 5 months of the year demonstrates that the main reason of 2015 HIPAA breaks is still hacking, which keep on to reveal patient health files in the millions. The huge data break at Anthem Inc., revealed 78.8 million member files, however, the HIPAA breach at Premera … Read more

Symantec Study Confirms Data Breaks Rose 23% in 2014

It’s April, which indicates the announcement of the Symantec Yearly Internet Security Statement. Every year the security software business issues a report collected from the files that it accumulated throughout the course of the previous year. The statement – which can be viewed here – is an awareness of the overall condition of cybersecurity. The figures demonstrate … Read more

Existing Risk of Scam from 2012 Philadelphia Ambulance HIPAA Break

This week the Philadelphia Fire Department informed a data break involving 750 people who had utilized the ambulance facility in 2012. Three years before a worker of Intermedix, the company accustomed to managing the Fire Department’s data requirements, had been provided access to files; however, one worker utilized his data access rights to thieve financial … Read more

Evansville Medical Center Hack Reveals HIPAA Files of 4,400

Hackers have accessed the E-mail accounts of a lot of workers of the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana, leading in the PHI of roughly 4,400 patients potentially being revealed. Randy Capehart, a spokesperson for St. Mary’s Medical Center, released a statement declaring the HIPAA break to the media. In the statement, he described … Read more

Anthem Data Break Projected to Cost Over $100 Million

A HIPAA break carries a massive fiscal fine and one the level of which lately impacted Anthem Inc., is thought to cause costs of several tens of millions of dollars. Anthem has an insurance plan from the American International Group to safeguard against cybercrime and data revelations and is protected for damages up to $100 … Read more

Indiana Attorney General Announces $12,000 HIPAA Penalty for Discarded PHI

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has announced its first penalty for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations pursuant to part 13410(e) of the HITECH Act. The penalty of $12,000 was imposed on ex Kokomo dentist, Joseph Beck, for unlawfully throwing out of the Protected Health Information (PHI) of his patients. 63 boxes of private … Read more

Highmark Branch Visionworks Struck by 75K HIPAA Break

Highmark Inc., the Pennsylvania-based health Insurance business, has declared today that Visionworks, one of its branches, has misplaced a computer server having the medical files of roughly 75,000 patients. The medicinal information saved on the server contained particulars of patients’ trips to Visionworks optometrists, their lens recommendations and names as well as addresses. The HIPAA … Read more

Data Secrecy Break to Cost Tenet Healthcare up to $32.5 Million

Tenet Healthcare is among the top suppliers of healthcare in the United States of America with the Texas-based business managing healthcare facilities throughout the country. For the previous 17 years, the business has been involved in a class action litigation stemming from the main security break at one of its psychiatric healthcare facilities. The litigation … Read more

St. Vincent Breast Center Violates HIPAA with 63K-Patient Mailing

The St. Vincent Breast Center, an Indianapolis-based health care provider of analytical services for ladies, has informed that a clerical mistake has led to 63,325 patients getting a mailing having wrong information, containing the names, addresses as well as appointment times of further patients. The letters were dispatched to advise patients of Solis Women’s Health … Read more

Community Health Center Probed for 130K-Patient HIPAA Violation

A past IT Director of Community Health Center, Connecticut has charged that the healthcare provider did not tackle many security weaknesses and believes his employment was ended as a consequence of highlighting those problems to the higher management. Additionally, when he was sent his own stuff the bundle he received is suspected to have included … Read more

Boston Business Associate Sacked Over 15K HIPAA Violation

MDF Transcription Services, a Business Partner of Boston Medical Center, has been sacked after a HIPAA breach that revealed the secret data of roughly 15,000 people when their information was publicized on an unsafe transcription website. The HIPAA breach wasn’t found by the hospital, but by a different healthcare provider who noted that information had … Read more

Onsite Health Diagnostics Hack Shows 60K-Patient Files

Hackers have penetrated a decommissioned net server at healthcare Business Partner, Onsite Health Diagnostics (OHD), and got access to patient files for a period of 3 months before the incursion was identified. OHD is a Dallas-based subcontractor for offering medical screening and testing services under a health plan managed by Healthways for the state of … Read more

HIPAA Violations Cost Healthcare Industry $5.6 Billion a Year

A latest statement from the Ponemon Institute has emphasized the gravity of the danger from cyber-attacks and must serve as a notice to healthcare providers that they should improve data safety. The cost to the industry is substantial. Data violations are projected to cost the healthcare trade $5.6 billion a year, and that money might be put … Read more

Patents Entitlements to Medical Test Data Upgraded under HIPAA

Access to private healthcare information enables patients to take care of their health and work together with their care providers. Getting access to info has now become easier after the issuing of the final law modifying the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). The latest change, which was publicized a couple of days ago, … Read more

Huge HIPAA Data Breach Reveals 4M Patient Files

One of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, Advocate Health Care, has declared that it has suffered a main HIPAA security violation after 4 unencrypted laptops were thieved from the Advocate Medical Group administrative buildings in Illinois on July 15. The laptops had the records of more than 4 million people, making this the 2nd biggest … Read more

Wellpoint Approves $1.7 Million Payment for HIPAA Breaches

Wellpoint is among the leading providers of Affiliated Health Policies, with nearly 36 million policy holders throughout the United States. Fraction of its databank of policy holders was accessible to illegal persons between October 23, 2009, and March 7, 2010. The safety infringement was brought to the notice of Wellpoint in March 2010 when a … Read more

Idaho State University Instructed to Pay $400K Settlement for HIPAA Violation

Disobeying HIPAA rules can incur severe fines, as found by Idaho State University this month. The organization has lately been compelled to settle down with the Division of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights for suspected breaches of the HIPAA Privacy Law. Penalties were issued for HIPAA non-compliance problems pertaining to inadequacies, network … Read more

HIPAA Comprehensive Rule Comes into Force

The HIPAA Comprehensive Regulation was printed on Jan 25, 2013, by the Division of Health and Human Services (HHS) like an improvement to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The latest rule came into effect on March 26, 2013, and changes current HIPAA rules to provide greater safety of patient data; spreading the … Read more

HIPAA Violation at Froedtert Health Reveals 43,000 Patient Documents

Milwaukee centered healthcare provider, Froedtert Health, has declared it has experienced a data violation that may possibly have impacted as many as 43,000 patients as a consequence of a computer virus that had contaminated an employee’s Computer. Froedtert Health runs a 3-hospital system consisting of the St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, Froedtert Hospital in … Read more

441-Patient HIPAA Infringement Leads to 50K Fine

According to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules, healthcare companies are needed to inform data infringements involving over 500 people to the Office of Civil Rights and fiscal fines apply for HIPAA breaches; nevertheless, security violations involving lesser people can still lead to penalties being imposed. During 2010, a laptop was thieved from … Read more

Texas Lady Pleads Guilty to HIPAA Breaches

U.S. Lawyer John M. Bales has declared that Joneshia Cranford, a 33-year old inhabitant of Lufkin in the Eastern Region of Texas, has pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Law of 1996. Cranford was accused of wrongly accessing the Safeguarded Health Info of patients at the healthcare establishment where she … Read more

Blue Cross Blue Shield to Reimburse HHS $1.5M for HIPAA Infringement

The Office for Civil Rights has accomplished its first implementation action developing from the HITECH Infringement Notice Rule and has penalized Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) for breaching the Security and Privacy Regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Law (1996). BCBST has currently bargained a disbursement with the HHS and will … Read more

Sutter Health Charged for 4.24M HIPAA Mega Infringement

Two class action litigations have now been registered versus the Sutter Health hospital system in Northern California following a theft at its administrative workplaces in Sacramento potentially revealed the Safeguarded Health Info of 4.24 million patients. Throughout the weekend of Oct 15-16 burglars got entry to the workplaces by hurling a rock through the window. … Read more

Negligence in Business Associate Security Results in 20K Patient HIPAA Infringement

As per a New York Times story circulated this week, the health reports of 20,000 patients of Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., have been announced online and available to the public for nearly a year after a mistake was made by one of the hospital’s business partners. The hospital as well as its service provider – Multi-Specialty … Read more

UCLA Hospitals Receives $865K HIPAA Penalty for Lacking to Safeguard Superstar Medical Reports

The Division of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has penalized the UCLA Health System $865,500 for HIPAA breaches triggered by letting the medical reports of 2 superstar patients retrieved by non-authorized people. The 2 patients affected by this safety infringement made objections concerning hospital workers having inappropriate access to their medical reports … Read more

Health Net Penalized 55K for Late HIPAA Infringement Notice

Health Net, Connecticut-based insurance firm is to pay a penalty of $55,000 to the Office of Vermont Attorney General for HIPAA disobedience and failing to safeguard the information of the state’s policyholders after a HIPAA data infringement that revealed the private health info of 1.5 million persons. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996) … Read more