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HIPAA Journal 04/24/2019 06:12
Two vulnerabilities have been identified in Fujifilm computed radiography cassette readers. If exploited, an attacker could gain access to the operating system, execute arbitrary code, render the devices inoperable, alter functionality, and cause image loss. The vulnerabilities are present in the following Fujifilm computed radiography cassette readers: CR-IR 357 FCR Capsula X CR-IR 357 FCR […]. The post Critical Vulnerability Identified in Fujifilm Computed Radiography Cassette Readers appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/24/2019 04:59
A new data breach notification law (HB 1071 / SB 5064) has been unanimously passed by the Washington legislature and awaits Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. The law broadens the definition of personal information and shortens the timescale for issuing notifications to 30 days. Currently, data breach notification laws in Washington only require entities to […]. The post New Washington Breach Notification Law Unanimously Passed by Legislature appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/24/2019 04:17
The HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released the second draft of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) and is seeking comments on the updated text. The purpose of TEFCA is to help ensure there is seamless, interoperable exchange of health information, which is critical to the creation […]. The post HHS’ ONC Releases Second Draft of Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/23/2019 06:20
The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for submitting comments on its proposed rules to promote the interoperability of health information technology and electronic protected health information to June 3, 2019. Two new rules were released on February 11, 2019 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) […]. The post HHS Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rules to Improve ePHI Interoperability appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/23/2019 05:29
A $4.7 million settlement has recently been approved by the King County Superior Court to reimburse individuals whose personal information was stolen from Washington State University in April 2017. Washington State University had backed up personal information on portable hard drives which were stored in a safe in a self-storage locker. On April 21, 2017, […]. The post Washington State University Settles Class Action Data Breach Lawsuit for $4.7 Million appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/23/2019 04:02
A database containing highly sensitive information of patients who had previously sought treatment for addiction at rehabilitation centers has been discovered to be freely accessible over the internet. The database contained approximately 4.91 million records which related to an estimated 145,000 patients of the Levittown, PA-based addiction rehabilitation service provider Steps to Recovery. The unsecured […]. The post Unsecured Database of Addiction Service Provider Potentially Contained Records of 145,000 Patients appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/23/2019 03:25
The Dallas, TX-based physician staffing company EmCare has announced that it has suffered a data breach that has impacted approximately 60,000 individuals, 31,000 of whom were patients. The exposed information was detailed in emails and email attachments in employee email accounts that were accessed by an unauthorized individual after several employees responded to phishing emails […]. The post 60,000 Records Exposed in EmCare Phishing Attack appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/19/2019 09:02
The protected health information of 9,352 current and former employees of Klaussner Furniture Industries, Inc., and some dependents of those employees, has been exposed as a result of a security breach. In February 2019, Klaussner Furniture learned that computers had been accessed by unauthorized individuals. A leading cybersecurity firm was retained to conduct a forensic […]. The post Klaussner Furniture Industries Discovers Health Plan Data of 9,352 Employees Has Potentially Been Compromised appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/18/2019 09:19
Centrelake Medical Group, a network of 8 medical imaging and oncology centers in California, is notifying certain patients that some of their protected health information has been exposed as a result of a computer virus. The computer virus was discovered in February 2019 when it prevented the medical group from accessing its files. The virus […]. The post Centrelake Medical Group Discovers Servers Compromised and Virus Deployed appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/18/2019 09:01
Riverplace Counseling Center in Anoka, MN, has discovered malware has been installed on its systems which may have allowed unauthorized individuals to gain access to patients’ protected health information. The malware infection was discovered on January 20, 2019. The counseling center engaged an IT firm to conduct a forensic analysis, remove the malware, and restore […]. The post 11,639 Individuals Impacted by Riverplace Counseling Center Malware Attack appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/17/2019 04:56
Blue of Cross of Idaho has discovered its website has been hacked and an unauthorized individual gained access to its member portal and viewed the protected health information of some of its members. Blue of Cross of Idaho is one of the largest health insurers in the state and serves approximately 560,000 Idahoans. Blue of […]. The post Blue Cross of Idaho Website Hacked and Attempts Made to Reroute Payments appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/17/2019 04:14
Metrocare Services, a provider of mental health services in North Texas, has experienced a phishing attack which saw the email accounts of several employees accessed by an unauthorized individual. The breach was detected on February 6, 2019 and the affected email accounts were rapidly blocked to prevent further access. The investigation revealed the accounts were […]. The post Metrocare Services Suffers Second Phishing Attack in Two Months appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/16/2019 10:26
A recent study conducted by the consultancy firm CynergisTek has revealed healthcare organizations are not in conformance with NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) controls and the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. For the study, CynergisTek analyzed the results of assessments at almost 600 healthcare organizations against NIST CSF and the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The […]. The post Healthcare Organizations Found Not to be In Conformance with NIST CSF and HIPAA Rules appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/16/2019 09:28
Health Recovery Services, an Athens, OH-based provider of alcohol and drug addiction services, is notifying 20,485 patients that some of their protected health information may have been accessed by an unauthorized individual. On February 5, 2019, Health Recovery Services discovered an unauthorized IP address had remotely accessed its computer network. Network and information systems were […]. The post Health Recovery Services Notifies 20,485 Patients About Potential PHI Breach appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/15/2019 10:09
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been slow to implement recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office. In total. 392 recommendations have yet to be addressed, including 42 which GAO rated as high priority. Over the past four years, GAO has made hundreds of recommendations, but the HHS has only addressed 75% […]. The post HHS Slow to Implement GAO Health IT and Cybersecurity Recommendations appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/15/2019 09:13
In March 2019, healthcare data breaches continued to be reported at a rate of almost one a day. 30 healthcare data breaches were reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights by HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates. The March total is 11% higher than the average of the past 60 months. The number of […]. The post March 2019 Healthcare Data Breach Report appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/12/2019 11:26
Amazon Web Services’ chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, has been dispelling security myths about cloud computing at the Dublin Tech Summit in Ireland this week. Concerns have been raised about the security of data stored in the cloud, especially following the discovery that 540 million Facebook records had been exposed on AWS: One of several […]. The post AWS Chief Technology Officer Allays Fears about Cloud Security and Talks about the Huge Potential of Alexa Voice Technology appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/12/2019 06:46
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has discovered another employee email account has been compromised as a result of a phishing attack. The latest incident has only just been reported, although the breach occurred on or before March 26, 2018. Three Phishing Attacks: 31,800 Records Exposed The breach is in addition to two other […]. The post Minnesota DHS Suffers Another Phishing Attack: State IT Services Struggling to Cope with Barrage of Attacks appeared first on HIPAA Journal .
HIPAA Journal 04/11/2019 09:53
BakerHostetler has released its fifth annual Data Security Incident Response Report, which contains an analysis of the 750+ data breaches the company helped manage in 2018. BakerHostetler suggests there has been a collision of data security, privacy, and compliance, and companies have been forced to change the way they respond to security breaches. In addition […]. The post Data Security Incident Response Analysis Published by BakerHostetler appeared first on HIPAA Journal .

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