Medical Data Breaches: Game-changing for Health Information ...

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Mar 26 2014 by
While cyber crime continues to grow across industries, medical identity theft and medical data breaches are rising at a disproportionate rate. And though all identity theft can result in catastrophic damage to consumers’ financial wellbeing, medical identity theft may affect their physical health as well. Consumers are aware of the risks, too. In a recent Ponemon Institute study sponsored by Experian® Data Breach...

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A Look Back at HIPAA’s Data Breach Security and Protection...

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Jul 02 2013 by
For healthcare businesses, the wait is over. When the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) released its Omnibus Rule on January 17, 2013 amending the HIPAA privacy and data breach protection laws, it capped a 17 year evolution of medical cyber security regulations. In 1996 The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted and contained provisions that required the establishment of...

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Healthcare breaches & fraud are here to stay...

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May 15 2012 by
Don’t expect medical breaches and healthcare fraud to drop off the radar anytime soon. Here’s why. First, the number of breaches in the industry is still escalating. In 2011, healthcare breaches occurred 32% more frequently than in 2010.1 Second, the profitably of medical records on the black market is high – 192% more profitable than Social Security numbers. Estimates put the former at $50 and the latter at...

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Medical and mobile: Convenience trumps security...

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May 02 2012 by
Say goodbye to bulky manila folders. Today’s healthcare organizations are zipping through medical histories and writing prescriptions using mobile devices. But the new found convenience hasn’t been without cost – not just in implementing new systems and tools but in losing data when security measures aren’t implemented too. A recent study suggests that adopting new technology is a far greater priority than...

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Where will you be on April 29, 2012?...

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Apr 27 2012 by
 Experian will be at the annual HCCA 2012 Compliance Institute conference at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. This conference offers an important opportunity to meet industry professionals with solid credentials in a number of areas related to medical information and data security. Some of the topics to be addressed at the conference include healthcare reform, compliance effectiveness and HIPAA privacy/data...

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5 Differentiating factors of a healthcare breach...

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Apr 10 2012 by
Data breaches occur in every industry, but, in healthcare, they’re a whole different ballgame. Black market prices and mobile devices drive data theft and loss. Federal regulations govern breach reporting. With breaches of medical records increasing 97% from 2010 to 2011, the medical field has been especially hard hit. Here’s a look at five factors that make breaches in this one industry so cumbersome, dangerous and...

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Trends in healthcare data breaches...

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Mar 20 2012 by
As far as data security goes, 2011 was a dismal year.  Relentless, high-profile breaches punctured any sense that hack attacks are a remote threat, and by year’s end it was clear (if it wasn’t before) that protection against security disaster can only come from the most rigorous breach defense. Unfortunately, disaster is exactly what has befallen the healthcare industry.  As health care regulations like HIPPA have...

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Consequences following a data breach...

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Jan 25 2012 by
Our guest blogger this week is Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute. Our latest study, Aftermath of a Data Breach Study, was conducted to better understand how a data breach affects organizations over the long term. In this study, IT professionals weigh in on how their organizations dealt with a data breach that had both serious financial and reputational consequences. While we asked...

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Holiday travel without data leaks...

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Dec 13 2011 by
The winter holidays are upon us and that means the travel season is pivoting into high gear.  Employees everywhere are preparing to trot off hither and yon, likely with their laptops and mobile devices in tow – and, accordingly, with your company’s data, as enticing to prowling cyber-thieves as overstuffed Christmas stockings.  While holiday travelers unwind and turn their focus to hearth and family, fraudsters focus...

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