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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Little progress made in the prevention of medical data breac...

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Jan 01 2013 by
Since stricter regulations were imposed in 2009, the healthcare industry’s track record on patient data protection and security has made very little improvement according to the latest study from Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST)1.  The study reports that from 2009 to the first half of 2012, there have been 495 medical data breaches involving 21 million records costing roughly $4 billion.  Government...

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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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The dollars of a data breach...

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Aug 16 2011 by
It’s no surprise that data breaches are expensive.  The exact cost of these incidents, which have only become more spectacularly headline-grabbing in recent months, is a question that the Ponemon Institute has addressed for the past six years.  Their most recent analysis, the 2010 U.S. Cost of a Data Breach, includes a look at 51 U.S. companies from 15 different industry sectors, all of which experienced data...

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Encryption: Data’s best friend...

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Jul 12 2011 by
Once upon a time, in the dark ages before the Internet, encryption was a tool confined mostly to the military.  The algorithmic schemes that convert plain text into an unreadable form, for purposes of privacy protection, naturally wasn’t considered relevant to the public. Times have changed.  Now encryption is seen as an essential method to secure data and protect infrastructures from breaches, which is why web...

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Data breaches – to prepare or not to prepare? The answer i...

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May 17 2011 by
Our guest blogger this week is Paul Luehr, Managing Director, General Counsel, Stroz Friedberg, LLC - a global digital risk management and investigations firm. All data breaches have two things in common: the need for prompt resolution and the need for a robust preparedness plan. Healthcare institutions especially should heed the call for an incident response plan because it provides the best preventive medicine to...

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Do your business associates know how they will be affected b...

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Sep 07 2010 by
Just as the healthcare industry came up to speed on the regulations defined in The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ("HITECH") Act, additional modifications are being proposed. These proposed rules focus on expanding obligations and penalties for covered entities (CEs) to now include business associates (BAs). So why is this significant?...

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