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HIPAA Journal 02/21/2019 12:19
A complaint has been filed with the FTC over misleading practices by Facebook. The complaint alleges health information disclosed in closed, supposedly anonymous and private Facebook groups has been exposed. Congress is calling for Facebook to provide answers about the alleged privacy violations involving the Facebook PHR (Groups) platform. Leaders from the House Committee on […]. The post Facebook Accused of Privacy Violations and Exposure of Sensitive Health Information Disclosed in Private Groups appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/21/2019 07:56
Approximately 974,000 patients of UW Medicine have had their protected health information exposed online due to the accidental removal of protections on a website server. The error resulted in sensitive internal files being indexed by search engines. Internet searches allowed sensitive patient information to be accessed by unauthorized individuals without any need for authentication. Seattle-based […]. The post PHI of Almost 1 Million UW Medicine Patients Exposed Online appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/20/2019 12:14
Following a spate of ransomware attacks on businesses and hospitals in Maryland, a new bill (Senate Bill 151) has been introduced which seeks to increase the penalties for ransomware attacks. It is hoped that tougher penalties for ransomware attacks would discourage individuals from conducting attacks in the state. The bill defines ransomware as a computer […]. The post Maryland Considers Tougher Penalties for Ransomware Attacks appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/20/2019 11:26
A free decryptor for GandCrab ransomware has been released that allows victims to recover files encrypted by versions 5.0.4 to 5.1 of the ransomware. Previous decryptors have only worked on version 1, 4, and some of the early version 5 variants. The new GandCrab ransomware decryptor was developed by the Romanian police with assistance provided […]. The post Free Decryptor for GandCrab Ransomware v5.1 Released appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/18/2019 11:34
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, MS, is notifying approximately 30,000 patients that some of their protected health information has potentially been accessed by an unauthorized individual as a result of a phishing incident. Memorial Hospital discovered a breach of an employee’s email account on December 17, 2018. The compromised account was immediately secured and an investigation […]. The post 30,000 Patients Notified of Phishing Incident at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/15/2019 10:45
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published a report of the findings of an audit of the National institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is the primary government biomedical and public health research agency in the United States and one of the foremost medical research centers in the […]. The post Data Access and Sharing Risks Identified at National Institutes of Health appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/14/2019 12:08
A recent report from Proofpoint has revealed healthcare email fraud attacks have increased 473% in the past two years. Email fraud, also known as business email compromise (BEC), is one of the biggest cyber threats faced by businesses. Successful attacks can result in losses of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Figures from […]. The post Healthcare Email Fraud Attacks Have Increased 473% in 2 Years appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/14/2019 11:53
The deadline for reporting 2018 data breaches of fewer than 500 records is fast approaching. HIPAA covered entities and their business associates must ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is notified of all 2018 data breaches of fewer than 500 records before March 1, 2019. The HIPAA […]. The post March 1, 2019: Deadline for Reporting Small Healthcare Data Breaches appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/13/2019 09:06
Paperwork containing patient information has been stolen from an employee of Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City. The incident occurred on December 14, 2018. The employee had left a bag containing patient schedules in his vehicle. Thieves broke into the vehicle and stole the bag and paperwork. Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City learned of the incident […]. The post Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City Discovers Theft of Patient Schedules appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/13/2019 08:44
Blue Earth, MN-based United Hospital District has discovered patient information was exposed and potentially accessed by an unauthorized individual as a result of a June 2018 phishing attack. The phishing incident resulted in the compromise of a single email account, the credentials to which were obtained as a result of an employee responding to a […]. The post United Hospital District Phishing Attack Impacts 2,143 Patients appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/13/2019 08:01
Protenus has released its 2019 Breach Barometer report: An analysis of healthcare data breaches reported in 2018. The data for the report came from Databreaches.net, which tracks data breaches reported in the media as well as breach notifications sent to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights and state attorneys general. […]. The post 2019 Data Breach Barometer Report Shows Massive Increase in Exposed Healthcare Records appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/12/2019 08:27
On Monday, February 11, 2019, the HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new rules covering patient data access and information blocking. The aim of the new rules is to advance interoperability and support the meaningful exchange and use of health […]. The post ONC and CMS Propose New Rules on Patient Access and Information Blocking appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/12/2019 06:45
Each year, HIMSS conducts a survey to gather information about security experiences and cybersecurity practices at healthcare organizations. The survey provides insights into the state of cybersecurity in healthcare and identifies attack trends and common security gaps. 166 health information security professionals were surveyed for the 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, which was conducted from November […]. The post HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey: Phishing and Legacy Systems Raise Grave Concerns appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/11/2019 11:18
Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City, Nebraska, is alerting 7,038 patients that some of their protected health information has potentially been accessed by a hacker. On November 29, 2018, the hospital learned that malware had been installed which allowed an unauthorized individual to gain access to its email system. Malware was injected into the […]. The post 7,000 Patients Notified About Pawnee County Memorial Hospital Malware Attack appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/08/2019 09:43
EyeSouth Partners has announced that a hacker has gained access to an employee’s email account and has potentially viewed/obtained the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of as many as 24,000 patients. EyeSouth Partners is a business associate of Georgia Eye Associates, South Georgia Eye Partners, Cobb Eye Center, and Georgia Ophthalmology Associates. On October 25, […]. The post EyeSouth Partners Email Account Breach Impacts 24,000 Patients of Georgia Eye Associates appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/08/2019 06:59
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has agreed to settle a HIPAA violation case with the Santa Barbara, CA-based healthcare provider Cottage Health for $3,000,000. Cottage Health operates four hospitals in California – Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Ynez Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. […]. The post OCR Settles Cottage Health HIPAA Violation Case for $3 Million appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/07/2019 11:56
The Tampa, FL-based electronic health record (EHR) software developer Greenway Health LLC has agreed to settle violations of the False Claims Act with the Department of Justice for $57.25 million. The case concerns Greenway Health’s EHR product Prime Suite. The DOJ alleged that by misrepresenting the capabilities of the product, users submitted false claims to […]. The post EHR Vendor False Claims Act Violation Case Settled for $57.25 Million appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 02/06/2019 10:05
Wyoming is considering repealing the Hospital Records Act of 1991, an act that was introduced to ensure the privacy of patient information was protected. The law was enacted before the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and provided protections that did not previously exist at the state or federal level. The Hospital […]. The post Wyoming Considers Repealing Hospital Records Act appeared first on HIPAA Journal .

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