Monthly Archives: January 2017

Feds bust dozens for ID theft, including former Jackson Health secretary – Miami Herald

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

Calling South Florida the “epicenter of identity theft,” U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer on Tuesday announced federal charges against more than 100 suspected fraudsters involved in various schemes to steal personal information from tens of thousands of victims — and using that data in an attempt to steal more than $60 million. Among those charged is [...]

3 Things Companies Must Do Before A Data Breach – Dark Reading

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

It's important to plan ahead for when you're attacked, and these tips will help you get ready. More on Security Live at Interop ITX As attacks become more complex, more damaging, and more frequent than ever, the quality of your response becomes critical to limiting the impact. In fact, a strong incident response (IR) function [...]

With Missouris Prescription Drug Monitoring Facing Privacy Roadblock, County Program Emerges – Government Technology

January 30th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

Missouri, still the only state without its own Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), could enact a statewide version in 2017 after roughly 12 years of trying. For now, however, the operative word continues to be “could.” As it has been in years past, a key issue is one familiar to virtually anyone with a computer, [...]

Why cybercriminals target patient data – Maryland Daily Record (subscription)

January 30th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

(First of two parts) The health care industry is under siege. Data breaches of patient information have become all too common, with both external and insider threats trying to gain access to patients’ electronic health records (EHRs), and it does not appear that the number of attacks will ease up anytime soon. But this begs [...]

Doctor email breached patient privacy: Eastern Health says 122 patients involved – CBC.ca

January 30th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

Eastern Health and Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine are advising of a privacy breach Monday after a doctor emailed researchers "tuberculosis-related health information" involving 122 patients. According to the health authority, the physician — who was not named — shared the information with other researchers as a part of a grant application for a national research [...]

Congressman Murphy wants to revamp HIPAA privacy rules – Observer-Reporter

January 28th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy - Observer-Reporter file photo Order a Print The 21st Century Cures Act passed by Congress in December will boost funding for medical research and experimental treatments, but U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy doesn’t think the law goes far enough to help people with mental health issues. The law earmarks billions of dollars [...]

Scope of medical data breaches unknown in Delaware – The News Journal

January 27th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

Dr. Robert O’Reilly peers inside Hadley Raffan’s ear during a March 7 check up at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Raffan’s mom has United Healthcare insurance, not currently accepted by the hospital. (Photo: JENNIFER CORBETT/THE NEWS JOURNAL ) The letter was mailed just in time for Christmas. "We are writing to inform you of an [...]

5 myths about the HIPAA Privacy Rule – www.behavioral.net

January 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule protects patients’ personal health information, but there are exceptions to what data can be shared and when. With an assist from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we debunk five common misperceptions. Myth 1: You can’t share a patient’s information with his [...]

Focusing on Patient Data Privacy in Health Data Exchange – HealthITSecurity.com

January 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

January 25, 2017 - There are an increasing amount of potential patient data privacy risks as technology continues to evolve, meaning policymakers need to strengthen privacy rules, according to a recent contribution on The Century Foundation. Patient health information can be anonymously sold and traded to third parties for numerous reasons, some of which – such [...]

Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. – JD Supra (press release)

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a district court's dismissal of a data breach class action filed against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., in the wake of the 2013 theft of two computer laptops containing unencrypted personal information of Horizon Healthcare plan members. The decision potentially expands the circumstances under which [...]