Health Care

Apple health app protocol bars developers from selling user info

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Under its new protocol, app developers are prohibited from selling users' personal health information.

Medical transcription provider settles data security charges

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GMR Transcription Services in California agreed to settle FTC charges related to its security practices.

Community Health Systems attackers exploited Heartbleed bug for access, firm says

Community Health Systems attackers exploited Heartbleed bug for access, firm says

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Sources close to the breach investigation tipped off TrustedSec CEO David Kennedy.

Health care breaches continue to rise, over 30M affected

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As breaches hitting the health care industry continue to ramp up, more than 30 million individuals have been affected by these incidents thus far.

$4 billion breach suit against Sutter Health dismissed

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The ruling comes nearly three years after a computer theft occurred at the organization.

Thousands had data on computers stolen from California medical office

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Bay Area Pain Medical Associates notified about 2,780 patients that their data was on computers stolen from its California offices.

About 18K doctors may have had Social Security numbers exposed

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About 18,000 doctors had Social Security numbers included in rosters provided to the Department of Managed Health Care by Blue Cross of California.

St. Vincent Breast Center mails 63K letters to wrong people

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St. Vincent Breast Center mailed more than 63,000 letters containing personal information to the wrong people due to a clerical error.

Most health care vendors earn 'D' in data protection, study finds

Most health care vendors earn 'D' in data protection, study finds

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A security intelligence report analyzed 150 health care vendors, both small and large.

Salina Family Healthcare Center email gaffe impacts about 10K patients

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A Salina Family Healthcare Center employee inadvertently left patient information in a database that was submitted to the National Commission for Quality Assurance.

Laptop stolen from Calif. hospital stored data on more than 500 patients

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Riverside County Regional Medical Center has notified 563 patients that their data was on a laptop stolen from a hospital procedure room.

Employee accesses nearly 100K patient files in NRAD Medical Associates breach

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A former employee radiologist accessed and acquired data on as many as 97,000 current and former patients of NRAD Medical Associates.

San Diego hospital breach investigation reveals second incident, both human error

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An investigation into a Rady Children's Hospital breach involving more than 14,000 patients revealed a separate incident involving more than 6,000 patients.

Penn State Hershey employee takes data home, puts 1,801 patients at risk

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A clinical laboratory technician took patient data home, outside the secured Penn State Hershey Medical Center system.

HIPAA shake: Health care

HIPAA shake: Health care

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Adherence to HIPAA, the national law that aims to protect patient information, is about to get trickier, reports Alan Earls.

Former employee accessed Bay Park Hospital patient data for a year

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An employee of Bay Park Hospital in Ohio accessed information on about 600 patients over the course of a year.

Four computers containing patient data stolen in New Hampshire

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More than 1,200 patients of Elliot Hospital in New Hampshire are being notified that their personal information was on four computers that were stolen from an employee's vehicle.

Unencrypted USB drive stolen, 3,000 Humana members in Atlanta impacted

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In Georgia, an encrypted laptop and unencrypted USB drive containing information on nearly 3,000 members of health care provider Humana were stolen from an associate's vehicle.

Keylogger malware found on three UC Irvine health center computers

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Student and non-student data may have been compromised after keylogger malware was discovered on three computers in the University of California, Irvine, Student Health Center.

Columbia University, NY hospital to pay $4.8 million HIPAA fine

Columbia University, NY hospital to pay $4.8 million HIPAA fine

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The agreement marks the largest HIPAA settlement to date.

SSNs on postcards sent to 5,000 former Molina Healthcare members

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Social Security numbers may have been printed on postcards sent to more than 5,000 former members of New Mexico-based Molina Healthcare.

Insider breach affects about 2,400 UMass Memorial Medical patients

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A former UMass Memorial Medical Center employee accessed patient data, and the information could have been used to open commercial accounts.

Patient data accessible after health staffers act on phishing emails

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Unauthorized access may have been gained to the email accounts, which contained patient data, of a small group of Centura Health employees after they responded to phishing emails.

Vendor fired for risking data on 15K Boston Medical Center patients

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Boston Medical Center fired a vendor that did not use password protection on a website used by physicians to store patient records.

Humana co. pays HHS $1.7 million after unencrypted laptop breach

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A Texas-based company, Concentra, paid the HIPAA settlement stemming from a 2011 breach.

Tufts Health Plan data stolen, 8,830 members impacted

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Roughly 8,830 current and former members of Tufts Health Plan are being notified that their personal information was stolen.

DDoS attack almost crashes children's hospital website

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Officials haven't confirmed a DDoS scheme, but noted the attackers hit the hospital's website with large attacks designed to overwhelm it with traffic.

Feds warn health care sector of looming cyber attacks

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The FBI believes that the lax security systems that the health care industry has in place make it a prime target for cyber attacks.

Second burglary breach within a month for Coordinated Health

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More than 700 Pennsylvania patients have been impacted after Coordinated Health experienced its second burglary-related data breach within a month.

Fate of unencrypted drive unknown, PHI of 5,500 in Virginia at risk

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A Virginia-based chiropractic center is not quite sure what happened to an unencrypted thumb drive, which contained personal information - including Social Security numbers - on more than 5,500 patients.

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