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Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data

By Associated Press  |  December 20, 2014

A Chicago-based healthcare system is notifying nearly 3,000 patients that their personal information may have been on a laptop computer that was stolen in October.

Malware exposes patient records in Alaska

By Joseph Conn  |  December 09, 2014

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a potential federal health data security rule violation. The settlement comes after a malware incident that exposed identifiable information on 2,742 individuals, the Office for Civil Rights at HHS announced.

Coming in 2015: Even more healthcare data breaches

By Darius Tahir  |  December 01, 2014

Security professionals responsible for keeping healthcare companies secure from data breaches are going to have a busy year, according to the credit-scoring firm Experian.

Beth Israel Deaconess settles suit over data breach

By Joseph Conn  |  November 29, 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.

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,...

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