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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.

Florida hospital reports breach affecting 82,000 patients

By 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...

Temple physicians' office reports health-data breach

By 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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