Beth Israel Deaconess settles state data breach suit for $100,000

By Joseph Conn  |  November 24, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to pay $100,000 and strengthen its data security policies to settle a state health information data breach complaint involving the medical and personal records of nearly 4,000 individuals exposed by the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer.

Data Points for Nov. 17, 2014

Data Points for Nov. 17, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 15, 2014

Data Points for the week of Nov. 17 2014, covered the following topics: VA, premature births, data breaches, Obamacare.

California AG: Healthcare breaches were preventable

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 30, 2014

Healthcare breaches accounted for 15% of all data breaches in California in 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the state's attorney general. Most were easily preventable, the report chides.

HHS contraceptive workaround isn't making either side happy

HHS contraceptive workaround isn't making either side happy

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 28, 2014

The controversy about how to provide contraception coverage to women employed by companies that hold religious objections to such coverage was evident in comments filed regarding a proposed HHS workaround that encompassed rules for such companies and for religious organizations. The comment period...

California Supreme Court declines to review Sutter data-breach case

By Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal  |  October 28, 2014

The California Supreme Court dismissed a request to review a data theft class action against Sutter Health in one sentence, but the decision sends a bigger signal: there's no harm—or money to be had—unless there's evidence somebody used the stolen information.

N.J. considers mandating encryption to protect health information

By WHYY (Philadelphia)  |  October 23, 2014

As data breaches at retailers become more common, New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would help protect personal health information. A bill proposed by Assemblyman Joe Lagana would require insurance carriers to encrypt computerized health records transmitted across public...

What's behind the dramatic rise in medical identity theft?

By 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,...

Oregon health exchange probes another security breach

By 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...

Cedars-Sinai says number of patient files in data breach much higher

By 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...

FDA seeks cybersecurity assessments from medical-device makers

By Darius Tahir  |  October 02, 2014

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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