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

HIPAA Encryption: Indiana Medical Firm Data Breach Affects 230 Healthcare Organizations.

Last week, a Indiana medical firm saw a massive medical data breach that extended throughout the entire U.S.  Per online reports, possibly 4 million people in more than 230 hospitals and other healthcare organizations were affected by the breach, which occurred in May of this year. Hackers stole protected health information that included: “patients’ names, […] read more

HIPAA Data Breach: Medical Office Alerts Patients That Nothing Happened.

I’ve just run across a data breach notification that is a first of its kind: a data breach where the affected organization tells its clients (technically, patients) that nothing happened.  It’s like the Seinfeld show of data breaches.  The breach notification letter is about nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Yet, there is something there. All kidding aside, […] read more

Medical Laptop Encryption: Michael Schumacher’s Doctor’s Offices Burglarized.

According to dailymail.co.uk and other sites, the offices of Dr. Johannes Peil were broken into last week.  Whether this caused a data breach hasn’t been revealed but it has certainly raised the alarm because Dr. Peil is the doctor to F1 racecar driver Michael Schumacher and other prominent individuals.  One would hope, based on the […] read more

Encryption vs. Cyberinsurance: One’s Risk Management, The Other’s Risk Transfer.

The Anthem data breach is turning out to be big not only in terms of number of people affected.  According to pymnts.com, quoting ft.com, Lloyd’s of London has stated that cyber attacks are “now too big for private insurance companies to handle” after details of Anthem’s hack were revealed.  This is another development that should […] read more