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Lawsuit: Adventist failed to protect PHI of 763K patients

April 12, 2013 - A lawsuit recently brought forward by a former patient of Adventist Health alleges that the healthcare organization failed to safeguard the protected health information (PHI) of more than 763,000 patients contained in its electronic database, according to Law360. Richard Faircloth, a former patient of the hospital, filed his complaint in Orlando Division of the US District Court for the Middle...


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EMR vendor at fault in patient data breach

by Jennifer Bresnick

Lawrence Melrose Medical Electronic Record, Inc., (LMMER) an EMR vendor serving clients in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, has sent a letter to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office notifying authorities of a data breach involving its...

Health data breach at Blount Memorial hospital

by Patrick Ouellette

Originally posted by Ashley Blume via HealthITSecurity.com A hospital laptop was stolen from the residence of a Blount Memorial employee on Aug. 25. Though the laptop was password protected, there was no encryption set up to further...

Are HIPAA Breach Fines Stiffer for ePHI Violations?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The 2010 theft of a laptop containing the protected health information of (PHI) 3,526 patients has resulted in a $1.5 million fine for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and prompted a response from the healthcare organization acknowledging...

Study shows patient consent, concerns crucial to HIEs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The support of consumers (i.e., patients) will determine the success of health information exchanges (HIEs) across the US, the authors of a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine claim. In “Health care consumers’ preferences around health...

Making the best of BYOD in a healthcare setting

by Patrick Ouellette

Back in August, there was a bring your own device (BYOD) survey done by Coalfire Labs that revealed some strong reasons for healthcare CIOs not to allow BYOD in their practices without having everyone on board with a security plan. While this...

Learning from a health data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

While the intent of a recent laptop theft at Temple Community Hospital in Los Angeles appears to be solely for the computer’s physical elements, the act still represents a yet another health data breach that gave a hospital a lot to think about....

Stolen backup media causes health data breach at Cancer Care Group

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a press release today, Cancer Care Group (Indianapolis, IN) announced that a laptop computer containing its computer server backup media was stolen from an employee’s locked care on July 19, 2012. The breach has potentially exposed the...

Top technical safeguards for health data security

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The most recent wave of health data breaches has raised the red flag concerning the lack of administrative safeguards in place to prevent thefts caused by physical theft. While the individual employees who have lost their peripherals or had their...

Texas MD Anderson endures second data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) may want to consider local data storage or even tethering its portable devices to its walls after having to announce that it suffered a second data breach back in July. A MD Anderson trainee...

How can healthcare providers improve data security?

by Patrick Ouellette

PHIprivacy.net brought forward some interesting data protection information this week in digging up the details surrounding two apparent data breaches at Kindred Healthcare Inc. in the span of six months. It took some quality reporting to...

Update on Apria Healthcare health data breach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

News about the theft of a laptop from an Apria Healthcare employee’s car has generated a considerable conversation among our readership. Comments have asked question about the security protocols in place as well as the lack of commonsense...

How patient consent will impact HIE success

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent interview with Radio Boston hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks, one of the drivers of Statewide Health Information Exchange (i.e., the Massachusetts HIE) explained some of the tangible benefits that patients in the state...

Stolen laptop leads to health data breach at Apria Healthcare

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A laptop stolen from the locked car of an Apria Healthcare employee has exposed the protected health information (PHI) of as many as 11,000 patients. The healthcare company provides home infusion, respiratory, and medical equipment in all 50...

Summer of the Health Data Breach continues

by Patrick Ouellette

It’s getting to the point where during this Summer of the Health Data Breach, keeping up with each occurrence is easier said than done. There were two different breaches last week that were of particular note because of the way they occurred....

Computer stolen from Stanford Hospital leads to health data breach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The theft of a password-protected computer from a physician’s office between July 15 and July 16 has led Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the School of Medicine to notify 2,500 patients that their medical information was on the device, according...

Hartford Hospital and VNA HealthCare report health data breach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Last Friday, the theft of laptops and tablets from the hospice office of Northwestern Memorial Hospital led to a breach of an undisclosed number of patient records. Now it’s the pilfering of a single laptop from an external vendor working...

Northwestern Memorial announces theft and health data breach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Fridays are becoming the days to announce a health data breach. Maybe we’ll have to start a series on the site called “Fraudulent Fridays.” Last Friday, the Boston Globe broke the news that Beacon Israel Deaconess Medical Center...

Beth Israel Deaconess Data Breach Update

by Patrick Ouellette

Following up Friday’s news in the Boston Globe that 3,900 patients’ health information at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) had been put in jeopardy after a laptop was stolen in May, BIDMC has started to notify patients...

Beth Israel Deaconess reveals health data breach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The personal health information of close to 4,000 patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has been compromised after a physician’s personal laptop was stolen on May 22, says the Boston Globe. BIDMC officials could not be reached...

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