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Advocate Healthcare HIPAA Breach Results in Class Action Lawsuit

Posted by Steven Thom on Sep 21, 2013 4:02:31 PM

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.

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, privacy, Security

August 2013 Microsoft Patch Tuesday is Here

Posted by Steven Thom on Aug 13, 2013 2:28:03 PM

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.

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Topics: 0day, breach, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, internet explorer, malware, microsoft, patch, Security, vulnerability, zero-day

Most HIPAA Breaches are Caused by Employees

Posted by Steven Thom on Aug 11, 2013 11:59:20 AM

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:

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Topics: breach, Chicago PC Support, EHR, email, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, security

Six people fired from Cedars-Sinai over patient privacy breach

Posted by Steven Thom on Jul 20, 2013 7:03:26 PM

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.

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, security

WellPoint Fined $1.7M For ePHI Disclosure

Posted by Steven Thom on Jul 20, 2013 1:48:49 PM

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.

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, medical, security

Idaho State University fined $400,000 for skipping HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

Posted by Steven Thom on Jun 18, 2013 8:43:35 AM

Skipped HIPAA Security Risk Analysis costs ISU $400,000

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, firewall, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, PHI, security, vulnerability

HHS announces first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 1, 2013 11:44:06 AM

Hospice of North Idaho settles HIPAA security case for $50,000

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, disclosure, EHR, electronic protected health information, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical

"Terrific Employee" loses job over USB Memory Stick HIPAA breach

Posted by Steven Thom on Jan 23, 2013 11:17:13 AM

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.

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Topics: EHR, EMR, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, internet explorer, medical, privacy, security, vulnerability

"Terrific Employee" loses job over USB Memory Stick breach

Posted by Steven Thom on Jan 23, 2013 11:17:13 AM

The woman faulted for the latest breach of Utah Medicaid data, an account manager for Goold Data Systems, is no longer employed at Goold.

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Topics: EHR, EMR, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, internet explorer, medical, privacy, security, Security, vulnerability

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