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Data breach


August 19, 2014  10:19 AM

Protected health information breach exposes data of 4.5 million patients

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, PHI

Hackers compromised the protected health information of 4.5 million patients of Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc. in April and June of...

June 25, 2014  4:08 PM

Ponemon-Informatica survey pinpoints health data breach worries, security strengths

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
data architects, Data breach, sensitive data

Relatively few healthcare IT leaders think patient data is at risk, according to a sizeable slice of respondents to a new Ponemon Institute global


January 24, 2013  3:38 PM

Health care providers have few secure file sharing sites

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Data breach, file sharing, HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security

Medical professionals need ways to share files with one another. The problem is that popular file sharing sites like Dropbox and email...


January 8, 2013  11:04 AM

North Idaho data breach fine makes history

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, health care data breach, hhs, medicaid, patient data security

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the first settlement involving a data breach affecting fewer than 500 patients has been paid by Hospice of North Idaho. The breach, which occurred in June 2010, was a...


December 11, 2012  1:16 PM

Health care data breach history suggests future need for protection

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, health care data breach, HITECH Act

Nearly 500 total data breaches, each affecting at least 500 patients have been reported in the past three years as required by the HITECH Act, according to


October 16, 2012  11:51 AM

OIG: CMS fails to meet medical data breach reporting standards

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, Data breach, health care data breach, HITECH Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) failed to meet the HITECH Act’s standard for timeliness in reporting medical data breaches to beneficiaries in seven of 14 cases over a two year period, according to an Office of Inspector General report. CMS did notify all beneficiaries...


October 11, 2012  3:42 PM

Patient engagement provisions could raise security concerns

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Data breach, Data-security, HIPAA, Meaningful use, patient engagement

The requirements for physicians to offer patients online access to their records are among the most talked-about additions to the stage 2 meaningful use rules. But they could also carry the mother of all unintended...


July 19, 2012  11:36 AM

Health care social media can lead to positive ROI

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
Data breach, Facebook, health care data breach, health care social media, HIPAA, twitter

For caregivers seeking to recruit patients to their practice and connect with existing patients, social media is a viable medium because of increased communication. But using social media also increases the likelihood of a


June 26, 2012  8:53 AM

Patient data breach crisis outline can aid behavioral orgs

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
behavioral health, Data breach, health care data breach, Office for Civil Rights

Although behavioral health clinics often have limited staff and resources, when a patient data breach strikes organization is the key to restore order. One way to do this is...


April 10, 2012  1:36 PM

Server hacked — Medicaid data breach affects 780,000 individuals

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
Data breach, health care data breach, health data security, medicaid, PHI

An estimated 780,000 people in the state of Utah have been affected by a recent Medicaid data breach, according to the FAQ document published by the Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) and the Utah Department of...


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