Reports of HIPAA breach incidents are nothing new. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) stipulates that healthcare providers, insurance companies, and those who serve them (also known as "Business Associates") take extensive measures to protect the Protected Health Information (PHI) of their patients. Even the dearly departed are protected from such disclosures. For this reason, the United Stated Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires that providers report data breaches that reach a certain threshold. Though disturbing, this is nothing new.
It's the second Tuesday of the month, so that means it's Patch Tuesday. Microsoft will begin rolling out patches as the day progresses. This means your computer will likely reboot overnight. Here's a rundown of the patches you can expect.
It has been said that the most difficult interface to secure is the one between the chair and the keyboard. This bit of "nerd humor" actually has its basis in fact. Art Gross has written a very informative post titled "Your employees will cause your next HIPAA breach" concerning the most common cause of HIPAA breaches - your employees. Gross cites two recent examples where Protected Health Information (PHI) was leaked from the secured healthcare data environment by careless or poorly trained employees:
According to the LA Times, five workers and a student research assistant were fired in the wake of a patient privacy breach affecting the patient medical records of 14 patients.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that the managed care company WellPoint, Inc. had agreed to pay a fine of $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy and security rules.
Hospice of North Idaho settles HIPAA security case for $50,000
The woman faulted for the latest HIPAA breach of Utah Medicaid data, an account manager for Goold Data Systems, is no longer employed at Goold.
The woman faulted for the latest breach of Utah Medicaid data, an account manager for Goold Data Systems, is no longer employed at Goold.