2016 averaged 1 healthcare data breach per day

“There was an average of one health data breach per day in 2016, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer, which utilizes information from DataBreaches.net. Protenus recently collaborated with DataBreaches.net to publish the “Breach Barometer Report: Year in Review.” Here are eight additional findings from the analysis.” Read more details here. Author: Erin Dietsche

Presence Health agrees to $475,000 settlement over data breach report

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Presence Health agreed to pay $475,000 to settle allegations it failed to promptly report a 2013 breach of patient health information. Paper operating room schedules containing information on 836 people went missing from the Surgery Center at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet on Oct. 22, 2013, according to information from the U.S. Department […]

6 largest HIPAA settlement fines of 2016

“2016 served as evidence of two looming and growing issues in health IT: data breaches and HIPAA settlements. Not only did the number of data breaches and cyberattacks increase throughout the year, but HHS’ Office for Civil Rights also continued to become more aggressive in enforcing HIPAA regulations. Here are six of the largest HIPAA […]

Health data breaches hit 2016 high in November

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“Just when you think the cybersecurity problem couldn’t get any worse in healthcare, along comes a report saying that there were more health data breaches disclosed in November than in any other month in 2016. In a report released Thursday, Protenus, a startup focused on tracking and preventing healthcare data breaches, said there were 57 […]

UMass Will Pay $650,000 to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

“The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a malware infection back in 2013. The settlement includes a corrective action plan and a monetary payment of $650,000, which is reflective of the fact that […]

PCC sends blast email without hiding recipient email addresses

“The Psychological & Counseling Center sent an email out to 468 of its clients on Nov. 10 without blocking the recipients from seeing each other’s names. The content of the email was a satisfaction survey regarding the student’s recent visit to the center. Several students responded to all recipients of the email with sarcastic and […]

Physician offices hit with penalties for HIPAA violations

“Pediatricians in office practices who believe they don’t need to worry about privacy and security investigations related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) had better think again. HIPAA enforcement has begun exposing all covered entities (e.g., physician offices, clinics, hospitals, etc.) to civil and criminal penalties if proper administrative, technological […]

UMass settles potential HIPAA violations following malware infection

“The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. The settlement includes a corrective action plan and a monetary payment of $650,000, which is reflective of the fact that the University operated at a financial loss in […]

Lincoln Financial Unit Hit with $650K Fine Over Data Hack

“The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority censured Lincoln Financial Securities Corp., a Lincoln Financial Network broker-dealer, and fined it $650,000 for failing to reasonably safeguard confidential customer data, according to a letter of settlement posted on the regulator’s website on Tuesday. The penalty highlights the increasing importance Finra is putting on cybersecurity and data privacy issues […]

Cloud Service Providers Beware, You May Be Subject to HIPAA Without Knowing It

“The use of cloud service providers has exploded in the past several years. According to estimates from Gartner, the market for cloud services is expected to reach $204 billion in 2016. But the use of cloud service providers raises significant privacy and security concerns, especially for health care providers who are subject to the Health […]