Category: HIPAA Compliance

Largest HIPAA breach ever: Hackers steal data on 4.5 million Community Health Systems patients

There’s a new leader on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Wall of Shame. A hacking group known as “APT 18” is suspected of stealing names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers from 4.5 million patients … Continue reading

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Russian hackers steal more than 1 billion passwords in record-breaking data breach

Hold Security, a firm credited with uncovering significant data breaches – such as the one at Adobe Systems in October 2013 – has uncovered a record-breaking hack of 1.2 billion username and passwords from multiple websites. From the Hold Security … Continue reading

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Data breach reporting: A job killer or business saver?

There’s quite a brouhaha bubbling up Down Under. It all stems from a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece written by the CEO of the Association of Data Driven Marketing and Advertising opposing the mandatory data breach reporting law introduced to … Continue reading

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Up your HIPAA IQ with a little HIPAA FAQ

Are you wondering what all the HIPAA fuss is about? Here are a few basics go get you started, along with some reference to in-depth videos along the way. What is HIPAA? HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability … Continue reading

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Americans agree government must do more to protect data, but can the government act?

The National Consumer League released a study last week based on surveys from identity fraud victims across the United States. It claims that just 28 percent of victims think the government’s requirements for protecting healthcare and financial data are sufficient. … Continue reading

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Experts: Be fast and forthcoming with details of a data breach

After the recent rash of high-profile data breaches, the Internet is ripe with tips for handling a breach at your organization. The standard experts’ message: Notify consumers immediately and don’t downplay the impact. The Dallas Morning News has a keen … Continue reading

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Friend or foe? Cybersecurity risks for shared data and a few precautions

Mom always said to choose your friends wisely. Maybe she was trying to protect you from a data breach. AT&T learned that lesson the hard way. From a statement released by the company : “We recently learned that three employees … Continue reading

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Another U.S. retailer discovers the real cost of card holder data theft: customer loyalty

As another large U.S. retailer – this time restaurant chain P.F. Changs – suffers the impact of a data breach, results of a survey released Thursday show that consumers are firmly holding retailers responsible at a rate nearly that of … Continue reading

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What took so long? How data breaches can go months without being detected

After the recent eBay data breach in which more than 145 million user records were reportedly compromised by hackers, the internet is once again full of stories about consumers demanding better protection, analysts blaming organizations for not following basic cybersecurity … Continue reading

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Patient data collection and analytics are key to success in an accountable care organization environment

There’s a fundamental change underway in the healthcare system, which is shifting away from a traditional fee-for-service model toward a more accountable, patient-centered model of care. Accountable care organizations (ACO) are popping up across the country with what’s being referred … Continue reading

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