72 Percent of Healthcare Employees Are Security "Risks" or Security "Novices"
Only 28 percent of healthcare employees demonstrated the privacy and security awareness to prevent incidents that could lead to the exposure
HHS Expected to Release Significant HIPAA Privacy Guidance This Year
HIPAA privacy guidance, audits, and enforcement are continuing under the new Administration
Risk of data breaches at hospitals is greater at larger facilities
The risk of data breaches at U.S. hospitals is greater at larger facilities and hospitals that have a major teaching mission.
Medical Industry Warned about Data Breaches as Records Become Digitised
According to the recent 2016 MTBPS, the NHI grant will be increased by R9 m to fund the strengthening of health information systems in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) – Security Safeguards
Over the last seven months the POPIA articles have dealt with responsibility, processing, purpose, further processing, information quality and transparency or openness.
Emory Healthcare Database Breach: What Happened?
An attack on a database used by Emory Healthcare for patient appointments is the largest health data breach reported to federal regulators so far in 2017.
Hacking Incidents down, while some Insider Health Data Breaches took 5+ years to discover
After a noticeable decline in the number of hacking incidents, insider-related breach incidents have doubled relative to the previous month.
Huge data breach at health system leads to biggest settlement
One of the nation's biggest health-care systems has agreed to pay the largest settlement ever by a single entity for potential violations of federal patient privacy law, related to breaches that compromised the electronic data of 4 million patients.
You’ve Had a Health Data Breach – Now What?
So, it happened. Your healthcare organization suffered a health data breach. Tens of thousands of electronic health records (EHRs) have potentially been compromised and you are still unsure of who the perpetrators were and how they accessed your system. What do you do now?
Fine for GP surgery that failed to protect patient’s data
A GP practice that revealed confidential details about a woman and her family to her estranged ex-partner has been fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioner. Regal Chambers, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, gave out the information despite express warnings from the woman that staff should take particular care to protect her details.
10 Largest HIPAA settlement fines
HHS' Office for Civil Rights is becoming more aggressive in enforcing HIPAA regulations. In the first seven months of 2016 alone, HHS recorded close to $15 million in settlement payments. As HIPAA audits ramp up, hospitals and health systems are bolstering safeguards and security practices to avoid multimillion dollar fines.
NHS seeks cure for its costly digital headache
This May two NHS trusts were fined almost £400,000 for failing to protect confidential information. Chelsea and Westminster revealed the email addresses of HIV service users, while Blackpool teaching hospitals published private information about thousands of staff online. But are these incidents simply isolated sloppiness or a growing problem as the NHS digitises its records?
Hackers are coming for your healthcare records
Data stolen from a bank quickly becomes useless once the breach is discovered and passcodes are changed. But data from the healthcare industry, which includes both personal identities and medical histories, can live a lifetime.
Healthcare data breaches a growing concern
Healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics are increasingly being targeted by data criminals. As the world becomes more digital, so too do healthcare institutions, which store a wide range of data and rely on digital software and cloud-based data to operate.
PoPI: 780 patients
The 56 Dean Street clinic in Soho – one of Europe’s busiest sexual health clinics – has apologised after mistakenly revealing the names and addresses of 780 patients with HIV in an email. Recipients of an emailed newsletter were supposed to be blind-copied, but whoever sent it mistakenly copied email addresses into the “To:” field rather than “BCC:”.
Healthcare data breaches are costliest: Study
Data breaches in healthcare are the most expensive to remediate and growing more so, according to a new report on data insecurity by the Ponemon Institute. The study covers 350 companies in 11 countries across 16 industries.
Data Breaches in healthcare totaled over 112 m records in 2015
Healthcare’s “wall of shame” for 2015 officially ends tonight at midnight. It’s not really a “wall," it’s just a website, but it’s the online mechanism for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) under Health and Human Services to publish data breaches as reported to them and required by HIPAA. The numbers this year are just staggering.