HIPAA Notifications Are Now Within 30 Days Since Breach If You’re In Colorado.

According to bizjournals.com, any HIPAA-covered entities that do business in Colorado will now have 30 days to notify Coloradans (or Coloradoans, if you prefer) of a data breach involving personal information, and not the customary 60 calendar days under HIPAA. The reason? A bill on data security that went into effect in September. As usual, […] read more

Anthem, Yahoo To Shell Out Additional Money Over Data Breaches.

This week saw additional headaches for two US companies involved in major data breaches (we’re talking top ten in US history to date). Yahoo, now a part of Verizon, has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $50 million. In addition, Anthem, Inc. – the Indiana-based BlueCross BlueShield insurance company – has agreed to settle HIPAA […] read more

Equifax Already Had a Data Breach Before It Was Hacked In 2017.

According to wsj.com (paywalled), Equifax had already suffered a data breach before the data breach that made the company famous around the world. In 2015, two years before the hack that started with a bang and ended with less than a whimper, “Chinese spies” made off with “thousands of pages of proprietary information” that includes […] read more

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

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

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