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Why it Matters if your Medical Identity is Stolen

Posted in Healthcare, Medical Records, UCLA Health Systems

UCLA Health System is the latest to announce that a data breach may affect as many as 4.5 million people.  So far UCLA has not found evidence that personal or medical information was accessed. Medical breaches can be as expensive to an individual as a financial breach and involve potentially dire consequences. What can a stolen medical ID be used for?… Continue Reading

State Attorney General HIPAA Training Now Available to Anyone

Posted in Attorney General Action, Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, HITECH

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made its state attorney general HIPAA enforcement training material available to anyone.  “Although developed for state AGs, the training materials provide a great deal of information about the content and enforcement of the HIPAA Rules that may be of interest to a broader audience,” OCR said on its website.  As a… Continue Reading

Healthcare Organizations still “under the weather” according to Ponemon’s Second Annual Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security

Posted in Cyber Breach, Damages, Data Breach, Federal Legislation, Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, HITECH, Physician, Uncategorized

Although Ponemon’s Second Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security has shown some improvement for health organizations the overall message is still bleak.  The second annual report examines changes from the past year that may have affected privacy and data protection in healthcare organizations.  It also looks as how well the healthcare organizations are… Continue Reading

HHS Issues its First Annual Report to Congress on HIPAA Compliance

Posted in Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, Physician, Privacy, Privacy Legislation

As required by the HITECH Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) in August issued its first annual report to Congress regarding compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The HIPAA Privacy Rule established national standards to protect medical records and personal health information (“PHI”), while limiting the use and disclosure of such… Continue Reading

Medical Device Hacking Prompts Concern

Posted in Hacking, Healthcare, Insurance

Jay Radcliffe sent chills down the spines of many when he announced during the Black Hat conference that he was able to hack into his own insulin pump and adjust the dosage levels or even turn it off.  All he needed was the pump’s serial number.  Fellow analyst Brad Smith warned that worms and viruses… Continue Reading