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What's behind the dramatic rise in medical identity theft?
Fortune | October 20, 2014
In the last five years, the number of data breaches in the medical sector has quadrupled. Last year, for the first time, the medical sector experienced more breaches than any other. It’s again on track to lead in 2014, according to the ID Theft Center. A decentralized U.S. health system,...
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Oregon health exchange probes another security breach
Associated Press via Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) | October 17, 2014
A Klamath Falls, Ore., woman who applied for health coverage through Cover Oregon says the insurance exchange mailed her the personal information of other applicants. This is the 18th low-level security breach in six months, Cover Oregon officials said. They said the information inadvertently...
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Community Health Systems faces data-breach class action
By Darius Tahir | October 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Community Health Systems, the 207-hospital, 29-state operator, is facing a class-action lawsuit brought by a New Mexico woman over a data breach it reported Aug. 18.
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Cedars-Sinai says number of patient files in data breach much higher
Los Angeles Times | October 03, 2014
A data breach this summer involving Cedars-Sinai Medical Center patient records was much worse than previously disclosed. The Los Angeles hospital has notified state and federal officials that health records of more than 33,000 patients were on a laptop stolen from an employee's home during a June...
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FDA seeks cybersecurity assessments from medical-device makers
Darius Tahir | October 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance asking medical-device manufacturers to address cybersecurity threats before and after their products are approved for sale. Cybersecurity is critical as medical devices increasingly connect with each other, the agency said.
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AHIMA releases principles for new area: information governance
Joseph Conn | October 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Health Information Management Association has launched a program to help its members become experts in the relatively new concept known as data governance of health information.
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Florida hospital reports breach affecting 82,000 patients
Local 10 TV (Miami) | September 17, 2014
Aventura (Fla.) Hospital and Medical Center has reported a data breach affecting the personal information of 82,601 people. The breach is reported to have occurred between Sept. 1, 2012, and June 9, 2014, and is believed to be the result of a vendor's employee improperly accessing patient...
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Temple physicians' office reports health-data breach
Philadelphia Inquirer | September 12, 2014
An unencrypted desktop computer containing personal information on 3,780 patients was stolen during a break-in at a Temple University physicians' office in July, the university said in a statement. The computer, in the department of surgery, contained files with patient information that could be...
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Hackers threaten healthcare industry’s patient records
Boston Globe | September 08, 2014
The latest threat of identity theft might not come from retail stores or big banks, but your doctor’s office or local hospital. Criminals are stealing patient records to file fake insurance claims, obtain prescription medication, or sell Social Security numbers.
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Chinese engineer charged with stealing trade secrets from GE Healthcare
WTAQ Radio (Green Bay, Wis.) | September 08, 2014
An engineer from China who worked at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wis., has been criminally charged in federal court with stealing the company's trade secrets.
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