Healthcare

Anonymous might be culprit behind apparent DDoS attack on children's hospital

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No evidence directly links the group to the attacks, but clues hint at Anonymous' signature traits.

Stupid is as stupid does: Four preventable data breaches in health care

Stupid is as stupid does: Four preventable data breaches in health care

When it comes to the causes of data breaches in health care, these are four scenarios that could have easily been prevented.

Getting serious about health care security

Getting serious about health care security

Health care providers and their patients both have parts to play in the high-stakes game of protecting sensitive medical information, especially as technology becomes easier to implement and enforcement of regulations intensifies.

Class-action lawsuit brought against AvMed over breach

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A Florida-based health insurance provider has been hit with a class-action lawsuit after it revealed earlier this year that thieves had stolen two company laptops containing the personal information of members.

Sensitive laptop stolen from Detroit hospital

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A laptop containing sensitive patient information was recently stolen from Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit.

Breaches cost health care industry $6 billion annually

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Despite facing stricter privacy and security regulations, hospitals still are struggling to protect patient information, and breaches cost the health care industry $6 billion annually, according to a new study.

Hacker accesses Louisiana EMT licensing database

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An unauthorized individual recently gained access to a Louisiana state licensing database that contained the personal information of tens of thousands of emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Indiana attorney general sues WellPoint over breach

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The Indiana Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against Indianapolis-based health insurance provider WellPoint for taking months to notify state residents whose personal information was breached.

Penn. Medicaid recipients' information on missing flash drive

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Two health insurers said a flash drive containing the personal health information of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania Medicaid recipients has gone missing.

Texas insider sentenced to 15 years for medical ID theft

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A Texas woman's 15-year prison sentence for stealing hospital patient information underscores a continued upswing in medical identity theft cases.

Virus strikes University of Oklahoma computer

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A virus recently compromised a clinic computer at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa neurology practice to possibly retrieve sensitive documents on the machine.

TECH Rx: Technology and health care

TECH Rx: Technology and health care

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The move to electronic medical records presents challenges, but tech solutions offer help for health care practitioners, reports Greg Masters.

Personal data of unemployed Oregon residents, psychology patients stolen

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Two Oregon car burglaries in the past week have resulted in the loss of the personal information of thousands of Portland, Ore. psychology patients and unemployed state residents.

Laptop containing patient data stolen from Philadelphia hospital

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A laptop containing the personal information of patients was stolen from an office at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Sensitive thumb drive missing from New Jersey hospital

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A thumb drive containing the personal data of current and former graduate medical education residents and fellows at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. has gone missing.

Hospital: files with personal, medical data on 800,000 gone

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A Massachusetts hospital disclosed this week that records containing sensitive information, ranging from names and Social Security numbers to medical diagnoses and bank account data, was lost by a third-party contractor.

Health care security: feeling better yet?

Health care security: feeling better yet?

As health care entities face new compliance demands, a free framework could offer some help.

University of Maine student information exposed

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Hackers recently gained access to a pair of file servers containing the personal information of University of Maine students who received counseling services at the school for the past eight years.

HIPAA encryption: meeting today's regulations

HIPAA encryption: meeting today's regulations

The author wades through NIST standards to help organizations select the best encryption technology to satisfy federal health care data protection mandates.

Personal data exposed on Anthem Blue Cross website

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The personal information of hundreds of thousands of Blue Cross customers was recently exposed following a website glitch made by a third party.

Five California hospitals fined for patient record snooping

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The California Department of Public Health has doled out fines to five hospitals for failing to protect patients' medical information. The hospitals, which included Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, were assessed a total of $675,000 in penalties for violating state privacy laws that prohibit employees from snooping on confidential patient records, the agency said last week in a statement. Community Hospital of San Bernardino received the largest single fine — $250,000 — for failing to prevent an employee from viewing private data of 204 patients. — DK

Walking the tightrope: social media and data protection in the enterprise

Walking the tightrope: social media and data protection in the enterprise

Organizations may want to second-guess a more restrictive strategy on website access and settle on a more pragmatic approach.

FTC delays Red Flags Rule enforcement until end of year

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The Federal Trade Commission is, for the fifth time, pushing back the deadline for financial institutions and creditors to comply with the Red Flags Rule.

Charlotte, N.C. notifies thousands of city workers of data loss

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The city of Charlotte, N.C. recently notified thousands of current and former city employees that their personal information went missing in the mail.

Cloud computing: Up in the air, and back down on the ground

Cloud computing: Up in the air, and back down on the ground

To avoid unintended consequences, organizations considering moving applications, such as email, to the cloud must ask lots of questions.

Laptop theft puts thousands of N.M. Medicaid users at risk

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An unencrypted laptop containing the personal information of thousands of New Mexico citizens enrolled in the state's Medicaid Salud plan was stolen in late March.

Kentucky psychiatric hospital loses sensitive flash drive

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A flash drive containing personal patient information recently went missing from Louisville, Ky.-based psychiatric hospital Our Lady of Peace.

Laptops stolen from California health care organization

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Five stolen laptops containing tens of thousands of medical records were recently stolen from Fullerton, Calif.-based St. Jude Heritage Medical Group.

Health worker is first HIPAA privacy violator to get jail time

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A former UCLA Health System employee, apparently disgruntled over an impending firing, has been sentenced to four months in federal prison after pleading guilty in January to illegally snooping into patient records, mainly those belonging to celebrities.

Health information contained on physician's stolen laptop

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A laptop containing the demographic and health information of thousands of patients was recently stolen from a physician affiliated with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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