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South Carolina medical center warns patients of data breach
By Index-Journal (Greenwood, S.C.) | July 25, 2014
Officials at Greenwood, S.C.-based Self Regional Healthcare are still grappling with a Memorial Day weekend break-in at one of its administrative complexes that put hundreds of patients’ personal information at risk. A security breach occurred May 25 when two thieves broke into the Support...
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Rhode Island Women & Infants Hospital to pay $150K for data breach
By Boston.com | July 24, 2014
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island will pay $150,000 to settle data breach allegations that affected more than 12,000 Massachusetts patients.
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California court halts $4 billion privacy suit against Sutter Health
By Sacramento (Calif.) Bee | July 22, 2014
A state appellate court Monday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit that could have cost Sutter Health more than $4 billion when it ruled that millions of the healthcare system's patients had no right to sue over the theft of a computer with their personal, medical and insurance records on its hard...
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Cook County system's new CEO needs to find savings fast, and other news
By Modern Healthcare | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. John Jay Shannon was promoted to CEO at Cook County (Ill.) Health and Hospitals System in late June, and he already has been told to find $67 million in savings in four months.
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San Diego hospital updates procedures to prevent data breaches
By Times of San Diego | July 18, 2014
Administrators at Rady Children's Hospital took steps to prevent another patient data breach, the acting president of the San Diego hospital told a City Council committee this week. In June, an unidentified hospital employee mistakenly attached a document containing information on thousands of...
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Va. energy company warns 1,700 in employee wellness plan of data breach
By Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch | July 17, 2014
Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources says personal information of 1,700 people in the company's employee wellness plan was hacked in March. The hacker gained access through a subcontractor's system to get individuals' names, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, gender and dates of birth,...
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Advocate beats second class-action suit, faces others over 2013 data breach
By Joseph Conn | July 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. has now gone two for two in swatting away class-action lawsuits stemming from last summer's massive data breach involving more than 4 million of its patient records. Its legal challenges on this matter aren't over yet, however. Several other cases are pending.
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Calif. insurer discloses 18,000 providers' Social Security numbers
By Computerworld | July 09, 2014
The Social Security numbers of roughly 18,000 California physicians and healthcare providers were inadvertently made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said. The numbers were included in monthly filings on medical providers that Blue...
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ONC's Pritts says feds have put more muscle behind privacy protection
By Joseph Conn | July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When Joy Pritts steps down this month after 4 years as the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, she'll leave convinced the feds have put extra oomph into privacy protection.
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Major cyberattack on health records is 'only a matter of time'
By Politico | July 02, 2014
The health world is flirting with disaster, say the experts who monitor crime in cyberspace. A hack that exposes the medical and financial records of tens of thousands of patients is coming, they say—it's only a matter of when.
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