HIPAA Breach Results In Lawsuit And Countersuit Between Aetna and KCC.

Reuters reported earlier this month that Aetna, the health insurance company, and Kurtzman Carson Consultants (KCC), an administrative-support services provider, have sued each other over a mishandled class action settlement notification. Last year, Aetna settled a number of lawsuits regarding the fulfillment of HIV medication prescriptions. With the legal issues finalized, it was up to […] read more

HIPAA Security Trickle-down? Notifications State Sensitive Information Not Contained In Stolen Devices.

According to databreaches.net, two medical entities recently alerted patients of a data breach: Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and Nevro Corporation. In the case of EMMC, an external hard drive went missing. For Nevro, a number of laptops were stolen during a break-in. Information contained in these devices was not protected with data encryption in […] read more

Penn Medicine Sending Breach Notifications To 1000 Patients Over Stolen Laptop.

Penn Medicine has revealed this past week that a laptop computer with protected health information (PHI) was stolen on November 30. While the details are meager (aside from a short entry at philly.com, which is referenced by databreaches.net, an online search comes up empty), the following was revealed: About 1000 people were affected. The laptop […] read more

24,000 Affected After UNC Health Care Desktop Computer Stolen.

We’re on the cusp of 2018, yet data breaches that smell like 2008 are still making an appearance. According to various news outlets, UNC Health Care has announced a data breach that involved approximately 24,000 patients when a computer – a desktop computer – was stolen during a break-in. The breached data: …includes names, addresses, […] read more

47.5 GB of PHI Left Exposed on the Cloud. (That’s 316,000 PDFs).

According to gizmodo.com, security researchers at Kromtech Security Center found a wide-open Amazon Web Services (AWS) bucket that contained over 300,000 PDFs, each one a medical file that would fall under the governance of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (or HIPAA which, arguably, finally jumpstarted the drive towards encrypting sensitive digital files thanks […] read more

Target Settles With 47 Attorneys General Over 2013 Hack.

One of the biggest hacks in history was the Target credit hack of winter 2013, which affected approximately 60 million people. Four years later, Target is finally putting the situation behind, settling legal action brought to it by 47 states. The amount: $18.5 million. This does not include the many millions the Minnesota-based retailer paid […] read more

HIPAA/HITECH Doesn’t Require You To Be Perfect, But It Does Expect You To Follow The Rules.

A couple of recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) legal settlements emphasize paperwork over security, showing that a healthcare entity’s approach to safeguarding data must be holistic: yes, you need to use encryption, and lock doors, and hide screens from potential medical data peeping-toms…but you also need to make sure that you’ve followed […] read more

Horizon BCBSNJ HIPAA Charge Over Two Laptops Settled For $1.1 Million.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) has settled a data breach that affected approximately 690,000 New Jersey residents. This data breach was noted on this blog not too long ago: In January, the Third Circuit Appellate Court declared that a lawsuit against the insurer could proceed because the “improper disclosure” of […] read more

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Pays $3.2 Million To Settle HIPAA Violations.

The Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) recently settled with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over multiple failures to encrypt sensitive data in mobile devices. The settlement – $3.2 million dollars – is quite the figure, as is the timeline involved: It looks like an investigation could have been started as […] read more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violation for $650,000 and Corrective Action.

In 2003, the University of Massachusetts – Amherst (UMass Amherst) was embroiled in a health data security breach. A workstation computer was infected with malware, leading to a HIPAA violation involving patient data for 1,670 people. Skip to three years later, and UMass Amherst has settled legal actions related to the breach, brought by the […] read more