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Vital Signs
Suspicion falls on Heartbleed in CHS hack
By Joseph Conn | August 21, 2014
It seems that healthcare information technology security specialists may have been right back in April when they warned that healthcare data systems were at risk from the then-newly discovered Heartbleed vulnerability.
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Information
90% of hospitals and clinics lose their patients' data
By CNN Money | August 21, 2014
Recent numbers show 90% of healthcare organizations have exposed their patients' data—or had it stolen—in 2012 and 2013, according to privacy researchers at the Ponemon Institute.
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Vital Signs
RAND report takes you on a trip to dark side (of cybercrime)
By Joseph Conn | August 20, 2014
It's not Elmore Leonard, but for the average health information technology reader, a new RAND report, Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data: Hackers' Bazaar, is still a gripper.
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News
Chinese hackers hit Community Health Systems; others vulnerable
By Beth Kutscher and Joseph Conn | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An outside group of hackers targeted Community Health Systems' computer network and stole nonmedical patient data on 4.5 million individuals, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing.
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Information
Tennessee employees’ health plan info likely breached
By The Tennessean (Nashville) | August 18, 2014
More than 60,500 members of the State of Tennessee Group Insurance Plan might have had some personal information breached when someone gained access to a subcontractor’s computer system earlier this year.
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New Jersey medical center says patient data is on lost disk
By Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) | August 11, 2014
Medicaid patients who went to Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center in 2011 are being notified that personal information—including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and limited medical information—were on a computer disk that was lost in June, a hospital spokesman said.
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Information
Virginia health system warns of data breach; ex-employee charged
By Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) | July 31, 2014
Riverside Health System, Newport News, Va., announced a possible data breach this week after a former employee was charged with stealing credit card information from cancer patients.
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Information
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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Information
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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Information
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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