Archive for the Data Breach Category

Another HIPAA penalty for not conducting organization-wide security risk analysis

The University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations. Affiliated covered entities must have […]

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Cancer Care Group to pay $750,000 for HIPAA settlement

Cancer Care Group, P.C. agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Cancer Care paid $750,000 and will adopt a robust corrective […]

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Checklist: Safe Disposal of Patient Data

A covered entity or business associate must remain in accordance with HIPAA  164.310d(1), Physical Safeguards – security procedures need to include: “Device and media controls. Implement policies and procedures that govern the receipt and removal of hardware and electronic media that contain electronic protected health information into […]

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Ensuring the Security of Patients’ Data

A survey from the Verizon Enterprise revealed that 46% of healthcare patient data breaches are attributed to lost or stolen devices containing electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).  While many of these small healthcare practices are aware that patient data breaches hurt business, most of them can take […]

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$800,000 HIPAA Settlement in Medical Records Dumping Case

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Parkview will pay $800,000 and adopt a corrective action plan […]

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Another HIPAA settlements for $4.8 million due to patient data breach

 New York and Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Columbia University (CU) have agreed to settle charges that they potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to secure thousands of patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) held on […]

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HIPAA Fines Due to Stolen Laptops

Two entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  These major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security […]

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Vote for EHR 2.0 submission for creating online privacy practice notice

EHR 2.0’s team is participating in ONC challenge to create online notice of privacy practice entry.  Our online application requires only few minutes of customization by Covered Entities to create notice of privacy practices that they could provide to their patients via mobile, web or other end-user […]

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HIPAA Security Vulnerability

What is the Heartbleed bug? The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. OpenSSL is an implementation of the SSL/TLS encryption protocol used to protect the privacy of Internet communications between two parties.  Many websites and applications like email, Instant messaging […]

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Microsoft ending support of Windows XP operating system

 If your healthcare practice runs any computers with Windows XP, you will face  considerably increased risk of data breaches and HIPAA violations in less than 24  hours.  Beginning April 8th, 2014 @ 11:59pm EST, Microsoft will no longer provide  security patches / updates for Windows XP, which is expected to magnify the […]

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